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Randy Bennett visits with Bill Raftery and Verne Lundquist of CBS.
Randy Bennett visits with Bill Raftery and Verne Lundquist of CBS.
MBK | Gaels Prepare For NCAA Second Round Game
Release: Friday 03/20/2013 
by SMC Athletics

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- In 2010, CBS announcers Bill Raftery and Verne Lundquist sat courtside and described a pair of historic Saint Mary's NCAA Tournament victories that propelled the Gaels into the national spotlight.

Tomorrow afternoon at the Palace of Auburn Hills Saint Mary's hopes to focus that spotlight back onto Moraga with a second round tournament game against the Memphis Tigers.

Tipoff is scheduled for 30 minutes following the conclusion of the Valparaiso vs Michigan State game that begins at 9:15 a.m. Pacific (expected to be approximately 11:45 a.m.).  The game will be televised live by CBS with Lundquist, Raftery and Rachel Nichols providing the game analysis.   Internet users can also watch the game online at

Saint Mary's advanced to the second round following a thrilling 67-54 victory over Middle Tennessee State Tuesday night in a "First Four" game in Dayton, Ohio.  Matthew Dellavedova scored a game-high 22 points and the Gaels went 8-of-14 from beyond the 3-point arc to win their first NCAA tournament game since 2010.

The Gaels enter Thursday's game with a solid 28-6 overall record and winners of 16 of their last 18 games.  Saint Mary's has not lost to a team other than top-ranked Gonzaga since Dec. 23.

Memphis is 30-4 overall and won the Conference USA regular-season and tournament championships.  The Tigers are ranked 19th by the Associated Press and are 15th in the USA Today Coaches poll.

Dellavedova, a senior from Maryborough, Victoria, Australia, is the school's all-time leader in scoring, assists, 3-point makes and attempts, games played and games started.  This year, he also set a Saint Mary's record for assists in a single season with 216 in the Gaels' 34 games.

He is one of four Gaels averaging double figures in scoring with an average of 16.0 points per game.  Dellavedova averages 3.4 rebounds and a West Coast Conference-best 6.4 assists per game and, for the second straight year, is one of five finalists for the Bob Cousy Award given to the nation's best point guard.

Junior guard Stephen Holt averages 12.0 points and is third on the team with 5.4 rebounds per game.  Junior forward Beau Levesque chips-in 10.7 points per game, while sophomore forward Brad Waldow scored 10.0 points per game,  leads the team in rebounds (6.1) and blocks (30) and is second in the WCC in field goal percentage at .617.

Saint Mary's has only faced Memphis once in its history - an 81-66 loss to the then-24th ranked Tigers on Nov. 18, 2004 in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The winner of Thursday's game will meet the winner of Valparaiso v Michigan State on Saturday.