Saint Mary’s coach Randy Bennett must serve a five-game suspension and won’t be allowed to recruit off campus this season as the NCAA has upheld penalties against the successful mid-major program for recruiting violations.
The Gaels are unbeaten since December against everyone but Gonzaga. Saint Mary’s (28-6) beat Middle Tennessee on Tuesday night to advance to the round of 64.
Saint Mary’s (27-6) isn’t complaining about traveling for the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. They’re just glad to get away from rival Gonzaga, which was No. 1 in the final AP college basketball poll on Monday and got the top seed in the West Regional. Saint Mary’s lost to the Zags three times during the season, including the conference tournament.
Former Saint Mary’s star Patrick Mills has signed with the San Antonio Spurs after last playing in China during the NBA lockout.
Shaggy haired, do-everything guard Matthew Dellavedova is quick to point out he has little time to concern himself with appearances.