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!



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.


•    Preview article for Gaels/Wildcats Second round from 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.


#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

•     Video Highlights

•     Postgame interviews

•     Photo Gallery


•    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:

•     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.


•     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:
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•    Send off the Gaels in style – 3:15p at McKeon Pavilion

•    Game Preview Article


•   #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!


•   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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