NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: Tourney, from A-Z: Good Week for Jesuits

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NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: Tourney, from A-Z: Good Week for Jesuits


Finley, Patrick, AZ Daily Star


Meet our 2013 NCAA Transitive Tournament No. 1 seed: 3-27 Binghamton.

We do this every year, but the Bearcats might be our best champ using the "team-who-beats-a-team-who-beats-a-team" logic.

Binghamton, which lost 23 of its last 24 games, defeated St. Peter's College this year. St. Peter's topped the Siena Saints, who beat Marist in January.

Marist topped Columbia in November, the same month the Ivy League Lions beat Villanova. And Villanova upset Louisville, the NCAA tournament's future No. 1 seed, in January.

While your scoop your jaw off the floor, here's a look at the Big Dance, in convenient A-to-Z format:

A Arrest! This might be a record - a few hours after James Madison earned its first NCAA tournament bid in 19 years, its leading scorer was arrested. Rayshawn Goins, who averages 12.7 points and 7.4 rebounds, was charged with obstruction of justice and disorderly conduct stemming from an incident at a party the night before. He was suspended for the first half of today's First Four game against LIU Brooklyn.

B Big Five. Three of Philadelphia's "Big Five" schools made the Big Dance: Villanova, LaSalle and Temple.

C Coach of the Year. Saint Louis coach Jim Crews should be the choice. He inherited the Billikens from coach Rick Majerus, and counseled his players after Majerus' death Dec. 1. He then led the team to a 27-6 record and an Atlantic 10 conference championship.

D Demons. The tournament features both the Northwestern State Demons and Davidson forward De'Mon Brooks.

E Eagles. The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles of Fort Myers are this year's only first-time participant in the NCAA tournament. They won the Atlantic Sun tourney, earning the league's automatic bid.

F Felines. Cats are the most popular nickname among tournament teams. There are four Wildcats (Arizona, Kansas State, Davidson and Villanova), three Tigers (Missouri, Memphis and Pacific), the Pitt Panthers, the Southern Jaguars and the Cincinnati Bearcats.

G Gaels. There are two Gaels in the tournament: Iona and St. Mary's. Both are named after those of Irish ancestry. There's a link: Iona is named after the Congregation of Christian Brothers, known as the Irish Christian Brothers. St. Mary's is named after a separate order, known simply as the Christian Brothers.

H Henderson, Marshall. Meet the tournament's most controversial player: Ole Miss star Marshall Henderson, who's as good as he is brash. When the Rebels defeated Florida in the SEC tournament title game Sunday, he did the school's "Gator Chomp" to taunt fans.

I Intelligence. The graduation rate of NCAA tournament teams increased this year over last, from 67 percent to 70 percent, according to Richard Lapchick at Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport. Six teams scored below the NCAA's 930 line, which could lead to future penalties: Southern, James Madison, Saint Louis, New Mexico State, Oregon and Oklahoma State.

J Jesuits! It's been a great week for Jesuits. Society of Jesus schools are ranked high in the tournament - No. 1 seed Gonzaga, No., 2 Georgetown, No. 3 Marquette and No. 4 Saint Louis - and the religious order just landed its first pope, Francis.

K Ken Pomeroy's odds. The stat guru behind KenPom.com makes Florida and Louisville the co-favorites, giving the Gators and Cardinals a 1-in-5 chance of winning the title. …

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