NCAA Basketball

Saint Mary's Gaels (22-12)


Thu. 2/28 Sat. 3/2 Mon. 3/11 Tue. 3/12 Thu. 3/21
vs. Por 
W 65-48
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vs. Gonz 
L 55-69
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vs. SD 
W 69-62
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@ Gonz 
W 60-47
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@ Vill 
L 57-61
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Defending NCAA champ Villanova holds off Saint Mary's

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Villanova got off to a slow start in defense of its NCAA championship against a determined, defensive-minded Saint Mary's team that came in confident after a season-defining win.

But the Wildcats, a No. 6 seed in this NCAA Tournament after an up-and-down season, have one thing no team in the field of 64 has: a pair of leaders who have won two national titles.

Phil Booth scored 20 points, fellow senior Eric Paschell added 14 and Villanova held off 11th-seeded Saint Mary's 61-57 on Thursday night.

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Leaders
Points: J. Ford21.1
Rebounds: M. Fitts7.6
Assists: T. Kuhse2.9
FG%: J. Ford48.9%
FT%: J. Ford80.0%
3P%: J. Ford41.2%
Steals: J. Ford1.3
Blocks: J. Hunter1.4
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Duke29-5
2 Virginia29-3
3 North Carolina27-6
4 Gonzaga31-3
5 Michigan State29-6
6 Tennessee29-5
7 Kentucky28-6
8 Michigan29-6
9 Texas Tech26-6
10 Florida State28-7
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Duke29-5
2 Virginia29-3
3 Gonzaga31-3
4 North Carolina27-6
5 Tennessee29-5
6 Michigan State29-6
7 Kentucky28-6
8 Michigan29-6
9 Houston31-3
10 Texas Tech26-6
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West Coast Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
4 Gonzaga 16-0 31-3
Saint Mary's 11-5 22-12
BYU 11-5 19-13
San Francisco 9-7 21-10
Loyola Marymount 8-8 21-11
Santa Clara 8-8 16-15
San Diego 7-9 21-15
Pepperdine 6-10 16-18
Pacific 4-12 14-18
Portland 0-16 7-25
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 72.4 (178)
Rebounds: 9.8 (193)
Assists: 10.0 (348)
FG%: 47.2% (44)
FT%: 74.2% (61)
3P%: 37.8% (34)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 64.3 (29)
Rebounds: 24.9 (217)
Assists: 10.2 (21)
FG%: 43.8% (191)
FT%: 73.6% (330)
3P%: 32.1% (69)
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