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The Mount Falls Short, But Stands Tall Versus Number 1 Seed

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Duke playing like the team to beat in East

"If I came up with something, I would be BS'ing you". With three senior starters, the Big East tourney champions are poised to make another deep run in March, maybe into early April. This is a team that rarely shoots very bad the entire game, and they have the DNA of finding a way to win.

The core of four seniors certainly left a proud legacy.

It all made for a memorable postseason debut for the DE native, who's hopeful that Villanova can duplicate the run he missed out on previous year.

Playing one of the toughest non-conference schedules this season led to a 1-11 start for the Mountaineers, but they didn't waver when coach Jamion Christian preached to them that they'd recover and have a chance to play games in March. "They are an awesome team and they are a big family at their the mount so we love being a part of their family", said restaurant manager of the Ott Hose, Lauri Harley. But when we got to the baggage claim in Philadelphia and everyone saw we were there, and they started coming up and taking pictures, it hit all of us, 'Oh, we're back in it. "We're lucky, and I think we'll put it behind us and I think we'll get ready".

There are other teams that fall into this situation as well, that are big names, or have injuries, that one should look at before brackets become final. The hero of last year's NCAA title game, when his 3-pointer at the horn defeated North Carolina, Jenkins missed his first 10 shots and finished just 2 of 13.

"No I did not", said Long. "To be able to go through the adversity we've been through is 100 percent credit to our (players), to their commitment to the university, their commitment to our city and their commitment to each other". New Orleans players certainly seemed to embrace the spotlight.

In the West, No. 6 Maryland faces a huge challenge when it battles No. 11 Xavier as narrow two-point betting favorites on the NCAA Tournament betting lines.

Follow this post for live score updates as the Villanova vs. Mount St. Mary's game unfolds in the comments section below. We lost three players so we've been pretty fortunate so far. "People in New Orleans love sports, so I figure this would be a good way to do it".

Mount St. Mary's Junior Robinson, the dazzling 5-foot-5 point guard, was held to seven points on 3-of-9 shooting.

Mount Saint Mary's will take on number one seeded Villanova in Buffalo, New York on Thursday.

The reason many don't believe that a 16-seed upsetting a 1-seed will never happen is that 1-seeds are so good that they can impose their will on any team, let alone an opponent of the caliber usually relegated to pre-conference cupcake.

After struggling at the start, Villanova opened the second half with a greater sense of urgency and used a 21-3 run early to take control of the game. The victor of each game moves into the main draw of the men's Division I college basketball tournament.

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