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2016 Schedule
29-6, 1st in WCC
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Best NBA draft prospect on each top-25 team

The 2016 NBA draft is just one day away, but it's not too soon to identify future prospects. The next crop of NBA All-Stars will be playing college hoops next season for the nation's top teams.

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Future reality TV star on each top-25 team

The appetite for the next reality TV show seems to keep growing. So each top-25 college basketball team must have a candidate for that future show's star. Who's yours?

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The recruit you should know on each top-25 team

Freshmen can change the shape of nearly every top-25 college basketball roster, and next season's group is no different. Each top-25 team has a new player to get familiar with.

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Another happy season for Gaels?

Saint Mary's returns the starting lineup from a team that won 29 games, the West Coast Conference and swept Gonzaga. Things are looking up for Dane Pineau and his teammates. Revised Way-Too-Early Top 25

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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)

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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)

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Saint Mary's responds to NCAA snub with NIT win

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.

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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.

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