Gael Hoops Report: The Last Shot

Though McKeon Pavilion isn’t as full or loud as it is November – March, there’s still a lot happening with Saint Mary’s Basketball.

As part of our offseason coverage, we’ll be releasing a podcast called “The Gael Hoops Report.” Alex Jensen, the voice of the Gaels, who has called every game for the Gaels the past six years, is our host.

The first episode is the final interview with the outgoing seniors, Dane Pineau and Joe Rahon. We’re calling it “The Gael Hoops Report: The Last Shot.

Alex Jensen talks with each of them about a range of topics, including their paths to Saint Mary’s many years ago, favorite memories as a Gael, and the future of the program. There’s a few fun tangents, too. Dane coins the term “Moraga Maniacs” and debates the entertainment value of Baseball vs Cricket. Joe grades his first pitch at the Giants game last month and talks about the frantic genius of his coaches’ scouting.

Enjoy the conversation.

Saint Mary’s Commencement is on Saturday, May 27. The Saint Mary’s All-Star Classic is Sunday, June 25.

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Friday game time vs. LMU moved to 3 p.m.

Friday’s game two of the West Coast Conference series between Saint Mary’s baseball and Loyola Marymount at Louis Guisto Field has been moved later to 3 p.m. The game was originally scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

The series’ game times are now as follows:

Thursday, 3 p.m.
Friday, 3 p.m.
Saturday, 1 p.m.

Tickets for these and all home games are available for purchase on SMCGaels.com or by calling the SMC Ticket Office at (925) 631-GoTx.

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Portland series opener postponed

Friday’s West Coast Conference baseball series opener between Saint Mary’s and Portland has been postponed due to rain forecasted for all day Friday. The game has been rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on Saturday. The twin bill will start at 10 a.m., with Saturday’s regularly scheduled game set to begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the opener.

Fans can purchase tickets for these and all Saint Mary’s home games on SMCGaels.com, or by calling the SMC Ticket Office at (925) 631-GoTx.

All three games of this weekend’s series versus Portland will be streamed live on the Gaels’ “GaelVision” Gameday Central page. They can also be seen live on SlingTV and the Verizon Go90 app on your mobile device.

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NCAA Tournament 2017 Running Blog

Hey Gael fans. It’s an exciting time for Saint Mary’s Basketball and we’re glad you’re with us in the NCAA Tournament. There’s going to be a lot of stories, photos, videos, and more this week. We’ll keep a running blog of all of our coverage here for you to keep up on.

Join us at @SMCGaels on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for the latest as it’s happening during the day and check in here to catch up.

Check out the stories and pictures to catch up on all that’s happened during the day. The latest will always be at the top and you can scroll down to go back in time all the way to Selection Sunday.  Enjoy!

Sunday

Saturday

After the final game of the season, the team returned to the hotel and this unfolded

•     Game article

•     Video Highlights

•     Photo Gallery

•     Matt Norlander of CBS Sports says the Saint Mary’s – Arizona game is the best of Saturday’s eight games. Read column.

Friday

•    Preview article for Gaels/Wildcats Second round from SMCGaels.com including a look at the 31-4 Arizona team. Read more.

•    The two radio broadcasters preview the Arizona/SMC matchup. Hear from Alex Jensen and Brian Jeffries about the game that will send one team to the Sweet 16. Watch video.

•    The current roster of Gaels have only played in one NCAA Tournament, but we decided to test their knowledge of past SMC Tournament teams. Watch video.

•    SB Nation’s blog focused on Arizona (Desert Swarm) previewed Saint Mary’s and the Second Round matchup. Read it here.

•    Across the ocean and international date line, the Sydney Morning Herald ran a game preview with quotes from UofA’s Head Coach Sean Miller. Read it here.

•   The Washington Post talks about the Aussie Connection for SMC Hoops. Read it here.

Thursday

#7 Gaels win 85-77! After beating the #10 VCU Rams, SMC will face #2 Arizona with a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line!

•     Game Recap from SMCGaels.com

•     Video Highlights

•     Postgame interviews

•     Photo Gallery

Wednesday

•    Gaels take the floor in Vivint Smart Home Arena for the first time in the open practice.

•     Interviews with the Gaels in the locker room – WATCH

•    Scenes from Shootaround – WATCH
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•    Game Preview with VCU’s broadcaster – WATCH
Game Preview vs VCU

•    ESPN Australia article on Gaels Associate Head Coach Marty Clarke.

•    This afternoon some of the players and Coach Bennett will give a press conference. Tune in at 2:45pm PT here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aNIKc5HcQQ

•     In addition to its written story, Bay Area News Group produced this wonderful short video feature on Saint Mary’s Basketball and its connection to Moraga.

•     A first look at the Vivint Smart Home Arena

•     ESPN makes an argument that based on its BPI rankings, Saint Mary’s could be rated as high as a 3-seed.

•     Mid-Major Madness introduces the national basketball audience to the Gaels, saying, “They’ve got teh story of a Cinderella but the talent of a top team.”

•     ESPN Australia ranks the ten best March Madness and Championship Week moments featuring Australians. Can you guess the two times SMC is listed?

•     Here’s a wonderful story about how Gaels Basketball shines a spotlight on small-town Moraga and Saint Mary’s.

Tuesday

•     The Gaels left campus with the warm wishes of fans, staff, faculty, even College President Jim Donahue said goodbye and good luck to the team.

•     Watch the video recap from leaving campus and the plane ride to Utah.

•     Watch Parties for Thursday’s game are planned in Moraga, SF, Walnut Creek, NYC, Arizona, and San Diego. More info on all of them: http://ow.ly/rzoI309U97f
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•    Send off the Gaels in style – 3:15p at McKeon Pavilion

•    Game Preview Article

Monday

•   #MarchIntoApril – The Gaels are ready to shine in the NCAA Tournament with the Under Armour Curry Thr3e Zer0s.

•   Facebook Profile Pic Frame – Show your spirit by updating your Facebook Profile Picture with a Saint Mary’s frame!

Sunday

•   Story
•   Photos
•   Video
•   NCAA Tournament Preview Show – Alex Jensen interviews Marty Clarke and Dane Pineau after the Gaels learn they are the #7 seed facing #10 VCU in Salt Lake City.

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Baseball featured on NBC Bay Area

The Saint Mary’s baseball team was featured on NBC Bay Area Friday night following its game against top-25 ranked Washington. Reporter Colin Resch filmed a piece on the Gaels’ success in 2016 and how the momentum will carry into 2017.

The NBC Bay Area piece can be viewed by clicking here. Both head coach Eric Valenzuela and preseason All-American Zach Kirtley are interviewed in the piece.

Saint Mary’s defeated nationally ranked Washington on Thursday in the series opener but fell 11-1 Friday to even the series. The series continues Saturday and Sunday with 1 p.m. start times each day. Tickets can be purchased on SMCGaels.com or by calling the SMC Ticket Office at (925) 631-GoTx.

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Day 2 of UNLV Classic rained out

The second day of the UNLV Classic in Las Vegas has been washed out due to rain. Saint Mary’s baseball was scheduled to play host UNLV at 6:05 p.m. The earlier UC Davis vs. Nebraska Omaha was also rained out.

Sunday’s schedule has been adjusted to accommodate for makeups. See below:

8:30 a.m. – Nebraska Omaha vs. UC Davis
11:30 a.m. – Saint Mary’s vs. Nebraska Omaha
3:05 p.m. – UC Davis vs. UNLV

Fans can find the Tournament Central page by clicking here. Read host UNLV’s release on Day 2’s rainout by clicking here.

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Gaels receiving attention in preseason polls

The 2017 season is still 4 1/2 weeks away, but the Saint Mary’s baseball team is already receiving some preseason hype in national polls released by college baseball publications.

The Gaels were listed among “10 Teams To Watch” in the CollegeBaseballToday.com Preseason Top-25, released last month. SMC also received votes in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Preseason Top-40, also released in December.

Saint Mary’s returns seven starters and 21 letterwinners from last year’s team that won its first-ever West Coast Conference regular season and tournament championships while making the program’s first-ever appearance in an NCAA Regional.

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