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"I know a couple of players on that team, so yeah, I was definitely tuned in", said Mount St. Mary's sophomore guard Elijah Long. Why not us would be a great slogan for 16th seeded teams. "Mount St. Mary's is very talented, very well-coached, but we had to execute better".

"We're playing for things bigger than just us", Frye said a day before the Mount St. Mary's game. In the past several games Motley has taken almost a third of the teams shots and it is a case of whether or not he is feeling it to determine if Baylor were to win.

That's 0-for-128 since the bracket started including 16 seeds in 1985. As the kids got ready to leave, Frye actually stopped them.

"No I did not", said Long.

It was a throw-back style in a game dominated by 3-point shooting teams, and it worked.

It wouldn't hurt if Jenkins brings his jump shot which has been inconsistent all season and if role players like Mikal Bridges, Donte DiVincenzo and Eric Paschall bring their blend of defense, athleticism and power respectively. They shot 62% in the second half, and that's with Kris Jenkins packing away the bricks. Two of Frye's teammates nearly fought each other in the second half after a botched play.

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DiVincenzo played so well - and the Wildcats had eventually gotten far enough ahead - that he and the Wildcats were able to laugh off not one, but two missed breakaway dunks from their redshirt freshman.

"You usually lose a lot of players when you're champion", said Wright, who besides losing Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu to graduation, hasn't had injured Phil Booth-who scored 20 points in the title game - since mid-November.

And they failed to disappoint the fans who filled the UD Arena as the two teams exchanged blows in the flawless appetizer for the rest of the March Madness menu. The Blue Devils enter the Round of 64 gunning for a 12th straight postseason win when favored by 20 or more points when they battle No. 15 Troy as 20-point favorites. Mt. Saint Mary's defense had Villanova locked down.

Wilson led the Mountaineers in the first half with 13 points and five rebounds, exceeding his season averages (11.5 points, 3.8 rebounds) in both categories. They would continue to roll for the last seconds of the game to give them a 76-56 victory to move on to the Second Round of the NCAA tournament.

The Wildcats will await the victor of Wisconsin-Virginia Tech on Saturday, though tomorrow's day off will provide them an opportunity to tighten up some of the mistakes made early to avoid a potential letdown. I will be covering that game as well, providing live coverage on my Twitter and an article will be out shortly after the game. But when we got to the baggage claim in Philadelphia and everyone saw we were there, and they started coming up and taking pictures, it hit all of us, 'Oh, we're back in it.

Andrew Powell is the Sports Editor and Sports Writer for The Express.



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