On Tuesday night, the Saint Mary’s Gaels took care of business, defeating the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders by a final score of 67-54 in the First Four Round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
The game was played in Dayton, Ohio and Saint Mary’s senior point guard Matthew Dellavedova was the star once again for the Gaels. Dellavedova, a native of Australia, scored 22 points on Tuesday night, while also grabbing six rebounds and four assists in the process. In his time at Saint Mary’s, Dellavedova has made three NCAA Tournaments with the team, including their Sweet 16 appearance in 2010 when he was a freshman.
Dellavedova has molded himself into the unsung hero and senior leader for head coach Randy Bennett and that charisma that he upholds on the court showed once again on Tuesday night. Middle Tennessee State had a great season, totaling 28 wins, but they were virtually stifled by what the Gaels had to offer on Tuesday.
Moving forward, Dellavedova and Saint Mary’s are now set to take on No. 6 Memphis in the second round of the Midwest Region. The Tigers, who are led by a point guard of their own in Conference USA Player of the Year Joe Jackson, are a handful and will certainly have the advantage on paper heading into this contest.
However, don’t write Saint Mary’s off.
The Gaels are talented and if Dellavedova gets things going early, Memphis could be on upset alert.
We will see which way the ball bounces on Thursday afternoon, but before you put a close to Saint Mary’s tournament run, keep in mind that they have the ability to force an upset in Auburn Hills.