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St. Mary's shows it belongs

Originally Published: March 20, 2010
By Dick Vitale | ESPN

Last year, on Selection Sunday, I said that St. Mary's belonged in the big dance. This year, the Gaels were considered a bubble team by many at the start of March. The team ended any speculation by winning the WCC tournament, blowing out a quality Gonzaga team in the final.

Randy Bennett's team not only proved it belonged, it sent a message about so-called mid-majors loud and clear by stunning No. 2 seed Villanova on Saturday.

My friends, this team is for real. Beating Richmond (80-71) ...

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