South Region - First Round
Mount Saint Mary's
(16-16, 9-7 NEC)
Mount St Mary's Mountaineers
What You Need To Know: The Mountaineers were just a .500 ballclub, but they have improved as the season has progressed and have played some big names this year. Their non-conference schedule included West Virginia, Villanova, BYU, Michigan State, Penn State and Texas Tech, and they won't back down from anyone. Mount St. Mary's can put points on the board, led by a pair of quality scorers who work well together on the court. Guard Rashad Whack (17.7 ppg) can score inside and out, he gets to the line and is a decent rebounder and defender. Fellow guard Julian Norfleet (17.5 ppg) is a better passer than Whack, and he loves to distribute when the Mountaineers get out in transition. Both are disruptive defenders. The team lacks size inside and need a team effort on the boards to be successful.
Strengths: Scoring, Three Point Shooting, Free Throw Shooting
Weaknesses: Rebounding, Scoring Defense, Assists
(18-14, 9-7 Am. East)
Albany Great Danes
What You Need To Know: The Great Danes earned their fourth trip to the Big Dance by winning the America East Tournament thanks to their signature tough defense allowing just 63.8 points a game. Albany showed it’s willing to battle with the big boys, even though is lost by 12 to Pitt earlier this season. Will Brown's squad is balanced, and although it doesn't boast a boatload of athleticism, it’s patient with the ball. The 6-4 Australian, Peter Hooley, is a quality scorer and a great three-point shooter to go along with his passing skills. Sam Rowley provides a presence inside, and D.J. Evans and Gary Johnson bring balance and depth to the floor. Albany's experience in the Big Dance -- the Great Danes went last season -- could help the team this time around.
Strengths: Scoring Defense, Free Throws, Rebounding
Weaknesses: Three-Pointers, Scoring, Assist-Turnover Ratio