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The Saint Mary's men's basketball team will travel to Dayton for the NCAA Tournament.
The Saint Mary's men's basketball team will travel to Dayton for the NCAA Tournament.
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Release: Tuesday 03/17/2013 
by SMC Athletics

MORAGA, Calif. -- There was no extensive wait for the Saint Mary's men's basketball team on Sunday, as the Gaels found out just after 3 p.m. that they will head to Dayton, Ohio to face Middle Tennessee State on Tuesday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The game will be played at approximately 6:10 p.m. (Pacific) and will be televised live on truTV with Marv Albert and Steve Kerr calling the action. 

The winner of the game will be an 11 seed, and go on to face No. 6 Memphis on Thursday in Auburn Hills, Mich.

It is the second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament for Saint Mary's, and the Gaels' third in four years.

Saint Mary's finished the regular season and conference tournament with a 27-6 overall record.

The Gaels went 14-2 in West Coast Conference play, the exact same conference mark as the 2012 group that won the outright regular season and conference tournament titles. That figure included two wins over always-tough BYU, as well as season sweeps against Bay Area rivals Santa Clara and San Francisco.

In addition to those impressive records, Saint Mary's also owned some quality wins out of conference.

Creighton, Harvard and Pacific -- three teams the Gaels defeated -- made the NCAA Tournament Sunday as automatic qualifiers. Utah State, a team the Gaels defeated in November, finished 21-10.

Middle Tennessee State finished 28-5 this season, going 19-1 in the Sun Belt Conference.

The Blue Raiders were upset by Florida International in the Sun Belt Tournament semifinals after winning the conference's regular season crown.

Marcos Knight leads Middle Tennessee in scoring with 12.5 points per game. Six Blue Raiders average six points or more.