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Men's College Basketball
Washington at St. Mary's
When: 11:00 PM ET, Monday, March 19, 2018
Where: McKeon Pavilion, Moraga, California

Disappointment has turned into motivation for Saint Mary’s, one of the last four teams excluded from the NCAA Tournament. Now hoping to end their season at Madison Square Garden, the top-seeded Gaels return to action Monday in the second round of the NIT against No. 5 seed Washington, which heads to Moraga following a 77-74 win over Boise State.

Saint Mary’s was denied an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament due in part to its lackluster nonconference schedule, but the Gaels were hardly sulking in last Tuesday’s 89-45 win over Southeastern Louisiana. Senior center Jock Landale, the West Coast Conference player of the year, went 11-for-15 from the floor and scored 26 points to lead a Gaels team eager to make a statement to the NCAA Tournament selection committee. “We’ve got to prove those guys wrong,” Landale told reporters. “If we don’t go the distance in the NIT, they’re going to keep thinking that Saint Mary’s doesn’t deserve to be in the NCAA Tournament.” The Gaels are shooting a nation-best 51.7 percent while averaging 77.3 points per game but will be tested by Washington, which opened Pac-12 play with a 7-3 mark but faltered down the stretch and lost to Oregon State in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament.

TV: 11 p.m. ET, ESPNU

ABOUT WASHINGTON (21-12): Guards Jaylen Nowell and Matisse Thybulle combined for 43 points in the win over Boise State, which rallied from a 17-point deficit in the first half before the Huskies closed the game by making six of their final eight shots. Thybulle was named the Pac-12 defensive player of the year and has 97 steals, third on the league’s single-season list behind Jason Kidd and Gary Payton. Coach Mike Hopkins’ squad will be at a size disadvantage against the taller Gaels, but 6-foot-8 forward Noah Dickerson (15.3 points, 8.3 rebounds) is an All-Pac-12 first team selection who could create problems for Landale.

ABOUT SAINT MARY’S (29-5): The Gaels bounced back from an 85-72 loss to BYU in the WCC Tournament semifinals by shooting 59.3 percent from the field in the win over Southeastern Louisiana. Coach Randy Bennett’s squad boasts one of the top senior trios in the country in forward Calvin Hermanson, guard Emmett Naar and Landale, who led the WCC in scoring (21.5 points per game) and rebounds (10.2). Naar averages 9.9 points and received All-WCC first team honors after leading the conference in assists at 8.1 per game.


1. The winner advances to face either No. 3 LSU or No. 2 Utah in the quarterfinals.

2. The Gaels are 171-21 at McKeon Pavilion over the past 11 seasons.

3. Washington has won all six games against Saint Mary’s, including a 73-60 victory in the last meeting on Nov. 22, 1999.

PREDICTION: Saint Mary’s 78, Washington 67
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Washington 20-13 L3 15-5 4-5 1-3 10-5 10-8 10-9
St. Mary's 29-5 W1 17-1 11-1 1-3 8-2 21-3 17-3
Last Meeting
Washington St. Mary's
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/22/99 WASH 73 SMC 60 73 39 48.3 60 38 31.6
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Washington N/A
St. Mary's N/A
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Washington N/A
St. Mary's N/A
Assists Player  
Washington N/A
St. Mary's N/A
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Washington J. Nowell 531 45.1 100
St. Mary's J. Landale 731 64.3 154
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Washington N. Dickerson 275 89 186
St. Mary's J. Landale 345 94 251
Assists Player  
Washington D. Crisp 105
St. Mary's E. Naar 268
Quickchart Matchup
blue bar Washington Off vs  red bar St. Mary's Defense
blue bar 74.4 Points For
red bar 63.9 Points Against
blue bar 45.6 FG%
red bar 43.7 FG%
blue bar 30.5 Reb
red bar 25.2 Reb
red bar St. Mary's Off vs  blue bar Washington Defense
red bar 77.3 Points For
blue bar 72.6 Points Against
red bar 51.7 FG%
blue bar 44.4 FG%
red bar 31.5 Reb
blue bar 32.5 Reb