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Mount St Mary’s Mountaineers – March Madness Team Predictions, Odds and Preview 2017

Mount St Mary’s Mountaineers – March Madness Team Predictions, Odds and Preview 2017

Mount St. Mary Mountaineers (Overall: 19-15, Conf: 14-4)

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Team Strengths:

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.

Team Weaknesses:

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.

Team Stats:

Points 68.3 279th
Rebounds 30.3 341st
Assists 11.1 310th
Steals 6.2 159th
Blocks 4.0 81st
Field goal percentage 44.4 155th
Three-point percentage 35.7 138th
Free throw percentage 67.5 277th
Turnovers 13.1 186th

Starting Lineup:

F Chris Wray 7.2
G Elijah Long 15.4
G Greg Alexander 7.8
G Lamont Robinson 14.1
G Miles Wilson 11.3

Writer’s Prediction:

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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Written by Mark

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