Saint Mary’s Lands NCAA Tourney Play-In Game vs. Middle Tennessee

DAYTON, Ohio (CBS/AP) — Saint Mary’s lost to Gonzaga in its conference tournament final, but made it to the NCAA tournament anyway.

The Gaels will help open the tournament in Dayton on Tuesday night, facing Middle Tennessee. The winner will play Memphis on Thursday.

Saint Mary’s (27-6) lost to Gonzaga 65-51 in the West Coast Conference title game, the third time they fell to the Zags during the season. Gonzaga got the No. 1 see in the West on Sunday.

Middle Tennessee (28-5) was upset by Florida International 61-57 in the Sun Belt title game, ending the nation’s longest active winning streak at 17 games. The Blue Raiders won their conference’s regular season title. They hadn’t made the tournament since 1989.

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