NCAA Tournament First Four: Mount St. Mary's vs


BOTTOM LINE: Mount St. Mary's relies on a pressing defense - so-called "Mount Mayhem" - and 3-point shooting.

The goal was simple - fill up the front of the document with more positives than negatives after each game. But they don't call it March Madness just for fun.

The Privateers are also making their fifth trip to the NCAA Tournament and their first since 1996.

The University of New Orleans and Mount Saint Mary's are helping kick off March Madness with their play-in game Mar. 14.

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New Orleans (20-11) and Mount St. Mary's (19-15) are both No. 16 seeds in this year's NCAA Tournament with the victor advancing to take on the No. 1 overall seed in Villanova.

Clem Barbazon/New Orleans AthleticsNew Orleans won the Southland Conference to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The Privateers qualified for the Big Dance by defeating Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 68-65 in overtime of the Southland Conference tournament finals.

"It's a dream come true", Mount freshman guard Miles Wilson said. "It's what every college player wants to accomplish".

DID YOU KNOW: Mount St. Mary's Junior Robinson is the shortest player in Division I this season at 5-foot-5.

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A big reason for the Mount's recent success under Christian has been his ability to recruit some of the top talent from the Baltimore area, something local schools have had mixed success with over the past 20 years.

Mount St. Mary's returns to the field for the fourth time in nine years, and the first since 2014. I am going to go with New Orleans. UNO is averaging 70.8 points per game this season while allowing 69.4 on defense. The "Teers are averaging 73.1 points, 35.9 rebounds, 15.8 assists, 7.8 steals and 3.1 blocks per game, which is part of what makes them favorites on Tuesday".

Adrio Bailey, Arkansas, Fr., F, Lakeview - Staying in Natchitoches Parish, Bailey signed with Razorbacks coach Mike Anderson's "Fastest 40" offense and has gotten some run - averaging 1.8 points and 1.3 rebounds per game, while serving as a shot blocker off the bench.

Mount St. Mary's is 19-15 on the season and the tournament victor out of the NEC Conference. "We started winning games and attacking the schedule". A 16th ranked team has never knocked off a number one ranked squad, but anything can happen!

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