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NCAA Tournament 2017: Mount St. Mary's vs. New Orleans First Four preview

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NCAA Tournament 2017: Mount St. Mary's vs. New Orleans First Four preview

Mount St. Mary's received one of the two No. 16 seed in East Region of the NCAA Tournament thanks to their NEC Tournament championship.

In the the First Four the Mountaineers will face No. 16 New Orleans on Tuesday.

Here is the NCAA Tournament information: 

Mount St. Mary's vs. New Orleans First Four How To Watch

What: 2017 NCAA Tournament First Four, East Region

Who: Mt. St. Mary's vs. New Orleans

When: Tuesday, March 14 at 6:40 p.m. at University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio.

TV Channel: TruTV (Channel Finder)

Online Stream: NCAA.com

TV Announcers: Brian Anderson (P-b-P), Clark Kellogg (Analyst), Lewis Johnson (Reporter)

Twitter: @MountAthletics@UNOPrivateers

Mt. St. Mary's vs. New Orleans First Four Bracket Analysis

How They Got Here: Mt. St. Marys (NEC) and New Orleans (Southland) won their conference tournaments

Previous Meeting: Mt. St. Mary's and New Orleans have never met before

Next Round: The winner will go on to face No. 1-seed Villanova on Thursday, March 16

East Region Bracket:

No. 1 Villanova vs. No. 16 Mt. St. Mary's/No. 16 New Orleans
No. 8 Wisconsin vs. No. 9 Virginia Tech

No. 5 Virginia vs. No. 12 UNC Wilmington
No. 4 Florida vs. No. 13 Eas Tennessee State

No. 6 SMU vs. No. 11 Providence/No. 11 Southern Cal
No. 3 Baylor vs. No. 14 New Mexico State

No. 7 South Carolina vs. No. 10 Marquette
No. 2 Duke vs. No.15 Troy

Mt. St. Mary's vs. New Orleans First Four Betting Lines & Odds

Spread: Mt. St. Mary's -1.5
Over/Under: N/A
Money Line: N/A
ATS: Mt. St. Mary's is 19-15 straight up and 3-3 against the spread this season. 

 

Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

After testing the NBA Draft waters, Georgetown center Jessie Govan decided to return to the Hoyas for his senior season.

Govan announced his intention to return on Instagram a week before the final commitment deadline.

Returning to the Hoyas is definitely a boost to the program that will be in their second year under head coach Patrick Ewing.  At 6-10, Govan was the team’s leading scorer (17.9 ppg) and rebounder (10.0 rpg) averaging a double-double last season.

Paired alongside power forward Marcus Derrickson, the Hoyas were nearly unstoppable in the paint. Derrickson though decided to forgo his senior year and signed with an agent after the season.

Had Govan decided to leave that would have meant over 56 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding would have departed (to graduation or professional pursuits) in a handful of months. Not the best outlook for a 15-win team that went 5-13 in the Big East.

Instead Ewing gets back his leading scorer that many believe he can mold as a young protégée. While in the draft process without an agent Govan had workouts with the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Both are valuable experiences that he will bring to a relatively young Georgetown squad.

Having Govan for one more year will bridge Ewing’s second season to transfer big-man, Omer Yurtseven to his first year of eligibility in 2019. They were set up to having a walk-on and two sophomores being the only returning Hoyas over 6-6 for the upcoming season.

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.

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Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.