Mount St. Mary Mountaineers (Overall: 19-15, Conf: 14-4)
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You’ll never know what to expect from under-the-radar teams like the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers, who are currently priced at a distant +100,000 to win the national title. The Mountaineers actually overcame a dismal 1-11 start to their season, which kicked off with nine-straight road/neutral site games against teams from powerhouse conferences such as West Virginia, Iowa State and Arkansas before dominating their own conference on the way to becoming Northeastern champions.
The Mount’s relentless climb after a rocky start will serve the team well in the March Madness journey ahead as they take on the role of giant slayers. The Mountaineers have a couple of perimeter players that can catch fire instantly in Elijah Wood and Lamont “Junior” Robinson, who will both aim to turn heads in the tournament as third-year standouts for this little-known program from Emmitsburg, Maryland.
Rebounding has been the biggest problem for the Mountaineers to say the least. During the regular season, they’ve been out-rebounded by opposing teams by an average of 7.5 boards per game, which is bad enough for fifth-worst in the entire country.
The NCAA Tournament will feature towering, board-crashing standouts galore, and The Mount’s lack of depth in the frontcourt will definitely be exploited by schools that take notice of the obvious size advantage in the post.
|CATEGORY||STAT / G||NCAA RANK|
|Field goal percentage||44.4||155th|
|Free throw percentage||67.5||277th|
The Mountaineers (+100,000) escape the First Four with a win over New Orleans, only to be eliminated by top-seeded Villanova in the next round.
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