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Kansas State adds grad transfer Sallah

Kansas State added graduate transfer Mawdo Sallah from Mount St. Mary's following the dismissal of Isaiah Maurice from the men's basketball program.

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Mount St. Mary's led top-seeded Villanova for 1,094 seconds in the first half of Thursday's Round of 64 matchup. The defending national champs took their first lead late in the first half and never looked back.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Buzz Williams has lost the jacket at the 10:13 mark.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Jay Wright said he honestly doesn't know what caused the slow start. The level of energy, or lack thereof, he said "shocked him." Wright added, "I honestly don't know what's wrong. If I tried to tell you I'd be BS-ing you."

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

As much as people harp on Villanova's short bench that bench helped the Wildcats shake off the cobwebs against Mr St Mary's. Donte DiVincenzo had 21 points and 13 rebounds while Eric Paschall scored eight. The Wildcats, though, can't afford such a slow start against either Wisconsin or Virginia Tech.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

So that escalated quickly. Credit Donte DiVincenzo for keeping Cats alive. Only energy in first half. Continues to be best guy on floor.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

My St Mary's took charge is this game by being the aggressor offensively. Too much dribbling, standing and waiting now. In a very dangerous spot of looking like a 1-16 game before this is all over.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

If Villanova doesn't own these first five minutes the building is going to turn and it's going to very uncomfortable for the Wildcats.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Sixteen-seeded teams are 0-129 in the NCAA tournament. Overall No. 1 and reigning national champion Villanova heads to the locker room up just one to Mt St Mary's. At halftime of Villanova's national championship game, Daniel Ochefu told coaches to wait outside as he talked to the team about its effort. Jay Wright has been impressed with his senior leaders all year. The Wildcats could use one of those Ochefu moments right now.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Jalen Brunson and Josh Hart each have two fouls. Right now best thing that can happen to Villanova is halftime and a reboot.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

The only reason the panic isn't higher is because Mountaineers have had about six shots rim out. Villanova lucky honestly

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Josh Hart just picked up his second foul. Not good. But Donte DiVencenzo bringing some energy to Wildcats, who still look like they want to puke from nerves.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

A rather inauspicious start for Villanova. Missed first eight shots - three of which were blocked - have two turnovers. Tight doesn't do the Wildcats justice right now.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Jay Wright talked yesterday about the pressure of being a 1 seed in a 1-16 game. He remembered crowd turning on Wildcats when Monmouth mounted a rally in 2006. Mount St Mary's will try to do the same here tonight.

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Overall No. 1 seed Villanova meets Mount St. Mary's in the Round of 64 on Thursday in Buffalo. A No. 16 seed has never beaten a No. 1 seed -- and that's unlikely to change in this matchup as ESPN's BPI overwhelmingly favors the defending national champs.

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Mount St. Mary's will face top-seeded Villanova in the first round Thursday. If history is any indication, this should be good news for the Wildcats -- in 2018. The last three teams to beat Mount St. Mary's as a No. 16 seed went on to win the national title the next season.

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UNO players scrap during First Four defeat

New Orleans' Travin Thibodeaux and Christavious Gill got into an altercation during the team's First Four loss to Mount St. Mary's that resulted in Thibodeaux being benched in the second half.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Mount St. Mary's beats New Orleans 67-66 in the first game of the NCAA tournament (a No. 16 seed play-in game in Dayton, Ohio) to earn the right to face East No. 1 seed Villanova on Thursday. The ViewFromVegas is the Mountaineers did it as 1-point underdogs and the game went over the betting total of 131.5. We'll have a file with the betting results (like this) of every NCAA tournament game at ESPN.com/chalk starting Thursday and keep track of how favorites/underdogs and over/unders are faring all the way through the championship game.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

The smallest guy on any roster in the country is the big man on campus to start the NCAA tournament. With Mount St. Mary's in need of a scoring lift, 5-foot-5 point guard Junior Robinson exploded with a huge 23-point performance to lead his team over New Orleans in the First Four. Robinson was also a tireless worker for the Mountaineers, playing all 40 minutes with energy and dynamic athleticism. What can he do against Villanova's backcourt? Robinson gets a crack at the defending champs on Thursday night.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Even without its best effort, Mount St. Mary's had just enough to edge New Orleans and advance from the First Four at UD Arena in a thriller that came down to the final possession. Leading scorer Elijah Long didn't get on the scoreboard for more than 30 minutes for the Mountaineers and finished with just 6 points, and he'll obviously have to be much better with Villanova looming on Thursday night in Buffalo.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

There might not have been much that would scare Villanova on display in the opening half of the First Four, but both Mount St. Mary's and New Orleans have come to play and are doing everything they can to earn a shot at the defending champs. The Mountaineers are creating good shots and knocking them down, and the Privateers are getting another productive outing from Erik Thomas. The second half is shaping up to be competitive and entertaining.

Team Stats

Points Per Game67.9294th
Rebounds Per Game30.0343rd
Assists Per Game11.2315th
Points Allowed68.783rd

Tournament History

Final Fours0
Tournament Record1-4
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances4