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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. 

 

Richmond Spiders lose leading scorer Blake Francis for 4-6 weeks

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Richmond Spiders lose leading scorer Blake Francis for 4-6 weeks

Richmond Spiders' Blake Francis will miss four to six weeks after fracturing his sternum, the team announced on Thursday.

The injury occurred at the end of the Spiders' contest against Saint Louis on Jan. 11. Francis fell to the floor to save a loose ball when opposing Bilikins dove onto a dogpile to recover the possession themselves. 

If Francis is out for the full six weeks, he would return during the final week of the regular season. It would give the guard a tuneup game before they play in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. 

The loss of Francis for the majority of the Atlantic 10 conference season cannot be overstated. A transfer from Wagner, Francis is the No. 2 guard in the Spiders lineup and putting out 17 points a game. Immediately he had an impact for the Spiders and was named a starter for his first game in Richmond. 

His scoring threat has allowed other stars Jacob Gilyard and Grant Golden to flourish. An aspect of the offense that was missing last year. 

At 13-4, the Spiders were still in NCAA Tournament consideration before the injury. They have one of the better records in the league and tough road victories at Rhode Island and Davidson to their credit. However, there is no wiggle room for the Spiders and they probably cannot afford another loss to anyone not named Dayton or VCU. 

Without Francis, they'll have to supplement the offense elsewhere if they want any chance to return to the big dance in March. 

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Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente takes himself out of running for Baylor job

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Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente takes himself out of running for Baylor job

Virginia Tech fans can breathe a sigh of relief today, as head coach football coach Justin Fuente has decided to stay in Blacksburg, according to Andrea Adelson

Fuente had emerged as a top candidate to replace Matt Rhule at Baylor, but he took himself out of the running and will look to improve on a strong close to the 2019 season for the Hokies. 

Fuente just finished replacing a number of defensive assistants. He hired a new cornerbacks coach Tuesday and promoted Justin Hamilton to defensive coordinator after Bud Foster retired. 

While a bad loss to Virginia at the end of the regular season and a heartbreaking loss in the bowl game to Kentucky could paint the season as a failure, finishing 8-5 after early-season struggles is a victory in and of itself.

Heading into next season, Virginia Tech fans have to feel good about the state of their team. The head coach is back and they seemed to find a rising star at quarterback in Hendon Hooker. 

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