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?
2016 ScheduleAll times ET
- 11/13SFSUW 80-56
- 11/16W 89-63
- 11/22W 78-61
- 11/29W 94-59
- 12/4W 81-67
- 12/6W 70-60
- 12/12L 63-59
- 12/14W 93-63
- 12/16W 92-36
- 12/21W 74-52
- 12/23W 81-59
- 12/28W 65-50
- 12/31W 85-74
- 1/2W 79-46
- 1/7W 73-48
- 1/9L 67-64
- 1/14W 78-62
- 1/21W 70-67
- 1/23W 89-74
- 1/30W 68-65
- 2/4L 70-59
- 2/6W 60-43
- 2/11L 69-63
- 2/13W 68-62
- 2/18W 74-72
- 2/20W 63-58
- 2/25W 75-50
- 2/27W 84-72
- 3/1W 73-64
- 3/5W 60-48
- 3/7W 81-66
- 3/8L 85-75
- 3/157W 58-56
- 3/203W 77-65
- 3/221L 60-44
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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
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
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.
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)
Emmett Naar had 15 points and 11 assists, Dane Pineau added 12 points and 11 rebounds and Saint Mary's beat Georgia 77-65 on Sunday night in the NIT second round.
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)
Joe Rahon scored 14 points and hit two free throws with 1.5 seconds left to help Saint Mary's advance to the NIT second round with a 58-56 victory over New Mexico State Tuesday night.
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.
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.
The National Invitation Tournament has placed Monmouth, St. Bonaventure, South Carolina and Valparaiso atop the field as the No. 1 seeds.
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.
Who most deserved to get in? Who least deserved their spot?
Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer
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.
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.
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
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
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)
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."
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