Washington vs. Saint Mary’s preview
Saint Mary’s became just the fourth team to be ranked in the Associate Press Top 25 to not be invited to the NCAA Tournament. The Gaels will use their snub as motivation throughout the NIT. On Monday, Saint Mary’s will take on Washington.
The Gaels host Washington in a game that should provide some home-court advantage. The Huskies will have a tough time at the McKeon Pavilion. Saint Mary’s went 17-1 at home this season.
Saint Mary’s is the No. 1 seed in its bracket. The Gaels are 25-9 this season. Washington is a No. 5 seed. The Huskies’ record is 21-12.
The winner of Monday’s game will take on the winner of LSU vs. Utah.
Three keys for Washington to upset Saint Mary’s
1. Stay out of foul trouble: All-Pac-12 forward Noah Dickerson was in foul trouble for most of Washington’s game versus Boise State. The Huskies will need arguably their best player on the court against a superior team than Boise State.
Dickerson’s 15.3 points per game are second on the team. Guard Jaylen Nowell averages 16.1 points per contest.
2. Matisse Thybulle and Jock Landale: Thybulle won the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the year. Landale won the West Coast Conference Player of the Year. Which player will make their presence know more on Monday? The answer might decide the outcome.
Landale averages 21.5 points and 10.2 rebounds a game for St. Mary’s.
Thybulle averages 11.1 points and 2.9 rebounds a game for Washington.
3. Keep composure: Washington nearly collapsed in the team’s first NIT game versus Boise State. The Huskies almost blew a 10-point lead in the final 44 seconds. As mention above, St. Mary’s is an excellent team at home.
“We’re just going to go in, try hard and play our game,” Huskies junior guard Dominic Green, per ESPN.
The Huskies’ should be alright if they play their game. Washington has road wins over Kansas, Colorado and USC this season.
Washington-St. Mary’s basketball time, game information
- Time: 8:00 p.m. PT
- Date: Monday, March 19
- TV Channel: ESPNU
- Location: McKeon Pavilion, Moraga, California
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