Mount St. Mary's earned the NEC auto-bid last night by beating Robert Morris 88-71 last night in the conference championship game. The Mountaineers entered the tournament with a sub-.500 record, making their trip to the dance a bit of a shock. But here's the thing: they shouldn't have even been in the NEC title game.
North Carolina Tar Heels (32-2) vs. Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (19-14)
When: Friday, 7:10 p.m.
Where: Raleigh, N.C.
Yes, that play-in game was last night. Mount St. Mary's won, and we're sure you didn't watch it. But the guys at Flyers Fieldhouse were there, like they always are for the annual play-in game in Dayton. Here's their report from the event.
The NCAA tournament is starting tonight, and even though most people don't consider it the real start — you can't even pick the game in tourney pools — we do. We admire any game that gives us a coach named "Fang" and allows us the opportunity to pretend a team's logo is an imperative verb.
On most tournament pool brackets it will be indicated as "play-in winner," a stirring tribute to a successful season if ever there was one. Presenting once again the play-in game, which has become the NCAA's little joke on the smaller Div. I schools. This year was especially awkward, as Coppin State — the first…
Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (18-14) vs. Coppin State Eagles (16-20).
When: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
1. Fun facts about your Mount St. Mary's University Mountaineers. Mount St. Mary's University was founded in 1808, making it the oldest independent Catholic college in the United States. It's located in Emmitsburg, a tiny mountain town in Central Maryland just south of the Mason-Dixon Line. The Mount (and yes, that's…