Down by five with only a few seconds remaining, Matthew Dellavedova and Saint Mary’s nearly pulled off an NCAA tournament stunner.
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.
Cal, St. Mary’s and Pacific are among the 68 teams playing in the NCAA basketball tournament.
As the banners were unveiled celebrating Saint Mary’s double conference title to kick off a Selection Sunday celebration, there were more fans on hand at McKeon Pavilion than the Gaels drew for games in coach Randy Bennett’s first season at the school.
With an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament already assured, Saint Mary’s could remain relaxed even as 62 teams were called ahead of them in the 68-team field.
Shaggy haired, do-everything guard Matthew Dellavedova is quick to point out he has little time to concern himself with appearances.
Former Trail Blazers guard Patty Mills, who was an NCAA star at St. Mary’s in Moraga, says he’d like to return to the NBA when the Chinese league that holds his rights releases him.
An 18-year-old Saint Mary’s College student was arrested at his dorm in Moraga on Sunday on suspicion of raping another student at the school, Moraga police said.
Two San Francisco Bay area schools are on a list of 12 colleges and universities vying to host a presidential debate next year.
St. Mary’s fell just short of winning the West Coast Conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament last week, and the Gaels watched in agony Sunday as 68 other teams were invited to the dance.