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NCAAs in Buffalo: Villanova vs. Mount St. Mary's or New Orleans

NCAA Tournament first round

No. 1 Villanova vs. No. 16 Mount St. Mary's or New Orleans

Thursday (7:15 p.m.) at KeyBank Center (followed by Wisconsin-Virginia Tech in evening session)

VILLANOVA

Location: Villanova, Pa.

Miles from Buffalo: 363.

Student population: More than 10,000 including graduate and law school.

Nickname: Wildcats

Colors: Navy and white

Conference: Big East

Record: 31-3

Tournament appearance: 37th (defending champion)

How they made it: Automatic bid as champion of the Big East.

Coach: Jay Wright (17th year, 385-160)

Fun fast fact: Light Blue is a school secondary color and can only be used as an accent color.

Fast WNY fact: Former Saint Joseph's Collegiate Institute star Eric Eberz played for the Wildcats from 1992-96 and at the beginning of this season ranked 33rd in career scoring with 1,397 points.

Mount St. Mary's head coach Jamion Christian.
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MOUNT ST. MARY'S

Location: Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Miles from Buffalo: 355.

Student population: 2,014 including graduate school.

Nickname: Mountaineers.

Colors: Blue and white.

Conference: Northeast Conference.

Record: 19-15.

Tournament appearance: Fifth.

How they made it: Automatic bid as champion of the Northeast Conference.

Coach: Jamion Christian (5th season, 82-80).

Fun fast fact: Although small, student population draws from 37 states and nine countries by recent school survey.

Fast WNY fact: St. Joe's graduate Cameron Carpenter is listed as a freshman goalkeeper on the Mountaineers lacrosse team.

NEW ORLEANS

Location: New Orleans.

Miles from Buffalo: 1,234.

Student population: 6,601 undergraduates.

Nickname: Privateers.

Colors: Royal blue and silver.

Conference: Southland Conference.

Record: 20-11.

Tournament appearance: Fifth.

How they made it: Automatic bid as the champion of the Southland Conference.

Coach: Mark Slessinger (sixth year, 77-97).

Fun fast fact: Consistently ranked among top 20 schools for graduates with least amount of debt.

Fast WNY Fact: Privateers were in Buffalo in January of 1983 when they dropped a 58-49 decision to Canisius.

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