St. Mary’s College First Surprise Entry To Sweet 16

The other UNC defensive player that could be selected is Bruce Carter an OLB. Should Seattle and Indianapolis really be nearly double-digit favorites over Washington and Pittsburgh next week? Unlike Michael Vick, he already has an established arm.
St. Mary’s College has lived in the shadows for a while now. For years, St. Mary’s College has been best known as the West Coast Conference’s best team other than Gonzaga. While the Zags have piled up NCAA tournament bids and upsets for 10 years, the Gaels have toiled in the background while making NCAA tournaments of their own. However, they had not won any March games until two days ago against Richmond. Yet St. Mary’s College is no longer the other WCC power, after they won their second NCAA tournament game against Villanova.

Terrence Williams, New Jersey (#11 pick) – The Nets got an extremely versatile player in Williams, who can play three positions effectively on both ends of the court. A great athlete, Williams showed his all-around ability during his senior year at Louisville, averaging 12.5 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists per game to go along with 39 percent 3-point shooting. Basically, there’s nothing Williams can’t do, and that includes defense, as he might be the best perimeter defender in the draft. He should be starting in New Jersey sooner rather than later.

A.J. Price and Hasheem Thabeet will be the key. Price is going to have to put points on the board because the Huskies simply don’t have an explosive offensive team. The point guard is their only real outside shooting threat. Thabeet must not only stay out of foul trouble, but he needs to stay around the basket as much as he can to cut down on dribble penetration.

But college basketball team’s aren’t afforded that luxury, especially ones that play in the Big East. Villanova (13-3 overall, 1-2 Big East) gets back on the floor at noon today against St. John’s (10-6, 1-3).

Maryland then took a glance at Mike Brey, but he is staying at Notre Dame. That’s actually not a bad scenario, as I don’t see Brey being the answer at Maryland. However, a number of potential coaches have now turned back the Terps, and that’s bad news because it makes the job look less attractive.

The Red Storm figure to finish in the bottom third of the Big East, which currently features eight ranked teams. But St. John’s already has a win over No. 12 Notre Dame and played UCONN to a tough game before falling 67-55.

On going up against the defensive line in practice: “They’ve got a lot of experience and that’s good for us. All that does is help us at practice because we’re going up against All-CAA candidates, we’ve got at least three and we’ve got potential All-American candidates, so it definitely doesn’t hurt us at practice. All it does is it makes us better. I enjoy the competition, I mean I can’t speak for the other guys, but I enjoy going up against All-Americans. You know if I beat an All-American, I feel like I have a pretty good shot at being successful during the year.

Don’t forget to check out the “counterpoint” to this blog entry – Ari Bluestein’s Five Keys To a Villanova Win – where Ari presents the other side of the matchup.

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