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2016 Schedule
29-6, 1st in WCC
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Projecting next season's best mid-major teams

Several power programs will be impacted by NBA draft decisions, but mid-major teams' outlooks are easiest to peg. Which squads will be the strongest in 2016-17?

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Where was the little guy?

Monmouth and Saint Mary's were no little fish. They were two squads that did enough to make the Big Dance, according to Dickie V. Why were they left out? Vitale's Sweet 16 moments


2017 Bracketology: No. 8 Seeds

  • East: VCU Rams
  • West: Texas Longhorns
  • South: Dayton Flyers
  • Midwest: Saint Mary's Gaels
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Gaels have pieces to be great in 2016-17

No one expected much from Saint Mary's last season. But the Gaels posted top-five shooting marks from both sides of the arc, swept Gonzaga in the regular season for the first time in 20 years, and finished 29-6 overall. And with all five starters returning, expectations should be a little different next season. Way-Too-Early Top 25


Valparaiso advances to its first NIT semis

Alec Peters scored 20 points for his seventh straight 20-plus game and Valparaiso advanced to its first NIT semifinals with a 60-44 victory against Saint Mary's on Tuesday night.

Peters talks 20-point performance, reaching NIT semis (3:01)

Valparaiso moves on to NIT semifinals

The top-seeded Crusaders held the Gaels to just 13 second-half points in a 60-44 victory. Alec Peters scored 20 to help Valpo reach a school-record 29 wins on the season. Box score


Valpo races in front of Saint Mary's

The Crusaders closed the first half on a 5-0 run and this Darien Walker dunk made it five straight points to start the second. (Live on ESPN)


Valpo's Fernandez bringing it on both ends

Vashil Fernandez got his 276th career block and then finished off the play with a one-handed dunk. (Live on ESPN)

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The best mid-majors belong in Dance

The NCAA tournament is all about Cinderella stories, but the best contestants from smaller conferences often can't make it to the Big Dance. Ten leagues saw their best teams go down in this year's conference tournaments. The Cinderella Sham (Insider)

Saint Mary's advances on free throws (0:59)
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Were Saint Mary's, Valparaiso snubbed?

If the NCAA tournament field were determined using the Basketball Power Index (BPI), Saint Mary's (31st) and Valparaiso (42nd) would be dancing just like No. 10 seed Syracuse (39th) is.

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Notable NCAA tournament snubs

Saint Mary's missed the 68-team field, despite a BPI ranking of No. 31. The Gaels, as well as Monmouth and San Diego State, all lost in conference tournament finals.

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Most deserving teams without a bid

South Carolina and Saint Mary's own the highest strength of records among this season's NCAA tournament snubs.

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Not a banner night for non-power schools: St. Bonaventure, St. Mary's, San Diego State, Monmouth and Valparaiso all left out of the field.

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Saint Mary's tournament profile

Saint Mary's is among Joe Lunardi's "last four in." The Gaels are a respectable 2-2 vs. the BPI top 50, but their lack of games against quality opponents may hurt them.

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Bracketology: Movement on the bubble

In Joe Lunardi's latest projection, San Diego State falls to his "last four in," and several other teams have moved or dropped off the board. See full bracket

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Joe Lunardi's final bubble determinations

  • Michigan and St. Mary's IN; Monmouth and South Carolina OUT
  • Oregon would take the West No. 1 seed if Michigan State loses Big Ten championship
  • Memphis would bump Saint Mary's out with a win in American championship

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Will the committee favor the little guys?

Will Monmouth, Saint Mary's or Valparaiso be rewarded for exceptional seasons? Or will Pittsburgh, Michigan, Vanderbilt or Butler receive credit for tougher schedules? Goodman: 5 questions (Insider)

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Bracketology: UConn appears safe

UConn moves up after Saturday's win over Temple. The Owls, on the other hand, fall to Joe Lunardi's "last four in."

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How Lunardi's bubble looks right now

UConn and Michigan are trending up in Joe Lunardi's updated projection. Michigan, however, currently trails No. 13 Purdue. South Carolina falls to "last four in." Bracketology

Team Stats

Points Per Game59.7
Rebounds Per Game33.0
Assists Per Game15.0
Points Allowed60.310th

Tournament History

Final Fours0
Tournament Record4-8
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances8