MBK | No. 25 Gaels Host Southeastern Louisiana in NIT Opener
Saint Mary's will open the NIT at home versus the Lions for a 7 p.m. PT tipoff.
Game 34: vs Southeastern Louisiana, Tuesday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m. PT
All-time Series: 2-0
Talents: Roxy Bernstein (PxP), Corey Williams (Color)
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— Saint Mary's Gaels (@smcgaels) March 12, 2018
3 Quick Bites
- The Gaels will compete in their sixth National Invitation Tournament in program history. SMC has advanced to the NIT in 2008-09, 2010-11, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16.
- Saint Mary's is 5-5 all-time in the National Invitation Tournament.
- The Gaels have now reached the postseason in 11 straight seasons under head coach Randy Bennett.
Number to Know: 29
In 2015-16 and 2016-17, Saint Mary's recorded a program high 29 wins.
2015-16: (29-6, 15-3 WCC)
2016-17: (29-5, 16-2 WCC)
First Time Ever
In the program's sixth overall appearance in the NIT, Saint Mary's will be a number one seed for the first time ever.
Big Apple This Year?
SMC has yet to make the semifinals of the NIT and have advanced to the quarterfinals twice:
2009: Quarterfinal at San Diego State
2011: 1st RD vs Kent State
2014: 2nd RD at Minnesota
2015: 1st RD vs Vanderbilts
2016: Quarterfinal at Valparaiso
Saint Mary's is 5-2 all time at home in NIT action and 0-3 on the road.
About the Lions
Southeastern Louisiana finished with a 15-3 mark in the Southland Conference and shared the regular season title with Nicholls. It was the first regular season title for the Lions since 2004-05, and third since 1997-98.
22 wins is the second most in program history since becoming joining Division I (24 wins in 2004-05).
This will be the first NIT appearance for the Lions. Southeastern is the first Southland team to play in the NIT since Stephen F. Austin in 2013 and the 16th overall. The last Southland team to win a NIT game was former member Louisiana Tech against Florida in the third-place game of the 1986 tournament. Southland teams are 9-15 in the NIT.
The high-scoring Lions have scored 2,394 points in 2017-18, breaking the school record of 2,344 set in 2015-16. The Lions have also eclipsed the single-season record with 249 3-pointers, surpassing the mark of 241 by that 2015-16 squad.
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