Saint Mary’s basketball has its highest NCAA tournament seed ever in 2022. They may be known from March Madness of the past, but where are they from?
The Gaels of Saint Mary’s and longtime head coach Randy Bennett are back in the NCAA Tournament with their eyes on their best finish ever.
Their run in the WCC Tournament was ended by top-seeded Gonzaga. Now they’re looking to prove their worth in the big dance.
But do you know where Saint Mary’s actually is?
Where is Saint Mary’s College located?
Saint Mary’s College of California is a private school located in Moraga, California. That’s a few miles outside of Oakland and a half-an-hour drive from Cal Berkeley.
Run by the De La Salle Brothers, a Catholic religious organization, the college has an enrollment of just over 3,700 students. It was established in 1863 by San Francisco archbishop Joseph Alemany.
Saint Mary’s basketball NCAA Tournament history
The Gaels have made it to the tournament 11 times with eight of those coming this century.
While they are a No. 5 this year, they have typically been the ones to pose the upset threat, not defend against it. In 2019 they were an 11-seed and got bounced by No. 6 Villanova in the first round.
Saint Mary’s last tournament win was in 2013 when they bested Middle Tennessee in a First Four meeting for the No. 11 seed. They lost to No. 6 Memphis in the First Round.
In 2010, the No. 10 Gaels beat No. 7 Richmond and No. 2 Villanova to go to the Sweet Sixteen, where they lost to No. 3 Baylor. That was their best March Madness run since an Elite Eight appearance in 1959.
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