Northeast Conference bid-winner Mount St. Mary’s faces Southland Conference winner New Orleans in the first of two games slated for Tuesday in the “First Four.” The winner advances to play No. 1 overall seed Villanova.A 16-seed has never beaten a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. But they don’t call it March Madness just for fun. Anything can happen, and one of these teams will get a chance at making history.
Mount St. Mary’s is in the dance for the fifth time in school history. An NEC team has never won a tournament game that wasn’t a 16-vs.-16 scenario. So that fact doesn’t bode well. The Mount won a game as a 16-seed in 2008 over No. 16 Coppin State. Mount St. Mary’s won the St. Francis (Pennsylvania) 71-61. While some mid-major leagues have oft-criticized ways of putting on their league tournaments, the NEC does it right.
New Orleans hasn’t been to the Big Dance since 1996, and it took every second of overtime against Texas A&M- Corpus Christi to get them back here. It’s the fifth-ever NCAA Tournament appearance for the Privateers. New Orleans is an amazing story. Mount St. Mary’s — led by sophomore star Elijah Long — will come out victorious. So give me Mount St. Mary’s straight up against the spread.Watch Now