NCAA 2011 Bracket: Saint Mary's Won't Be Cinderella This Season
Saint Mary's Won't Be Making Noise in the Big Dance In 2011
Saint Mary's boasts one of the most enjoyable teams to watch in all of College Basketball. They play a freewheeling style orchestrated by strong guard play.
And when they are clicking, they are fun to watch and tough to beat.
That's exactly why they could have been giant killers had they managed to sneak into this year's expanded field.
Instead, Mickey McConnell and the Gaels will likely be forced to inflict damage on major conference schools the NIT.
Saint Mary's was considered a longshot to make the field, thanks in large part to a weak nonconference schedule and failure to beat NCAA Tournament-bound Utah State, along with two losses to powerhouse Gonzaga.
A respectable RPI of 46 offered some hope the Gaels would make it back to the Big Dance.
In a year when the Selection Committee once again dropped the ball with at least two teams, it's safe to say they got this one right.
Without beating the Zags in the WCC Tournament, St. Mary's needed more than a prayer to join the party.
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