Saint Mary's sticks with team concept

Coming off a banner year in which Saint Mary's advanced to the Sweet 16, the Gaels will apparently attempt to recreate their success by sticking with what works.

After all, the Gaels dusted off the T-shirts they wore during the NCAA tournament and posed in them in this advertisement for a fundraiser event in late October that will celebrate the start of the season.

The Boston Globe took notice of those shirts during the tournament.

When the Gaels arrived in Providence for their first practice and news conference, they wore red T-shirts with slogans that seemed to define their roles. For 6-11 shooting forward Ben Allen, his shirt read: "iShoot.’" [Omar] Samhan's read: "iBeast," and [Mickey] McConnell’s said: "iCreate."

With the inside-outside presence of departed seniors Samhan and Allen no longer available, it will undoubtedly be the job of the senior point guard McConnell to create and rely on some others to take on larger roles.

Jorden Page, for example, is one of four Australians on the roster and wears the shirt that reads "iBounce." As a freshman, it was his athletic 3-point play in the WCC tournament title game that put some distance between Saint Mary's and Gonzaga and also gave a look into the bright future of the program.

And if the Gaels do indeed come together once again and sustain their success using the team concept, don't be surprised if it ends up being the shirts off their backs that their fans will want.