Another 16-seed battle: Vermont vs. Lamar preview and open thread
No No. 16 seed has ever beaten a No. 1 seed, but according to Kem Pomeroy, these are two of the best 16th-seeded teams of all time, and he thinks this might be the year that the big upset happens.
So what of Lamar and Vermont? Well, the Cardinals were the champions of the Southland Conference Tournament, and the Catamounts won the America East Conference Tournament.
The Cardinals went 0-4 versus this year's tourney field, including blowout losses to Kentucky and Ohio State. They are an experienced team, led by a trio of seniors, Mike James, Anthony Miles and Devon Lamb. Each averages at least 11.9 points a game. The ironic thing is Pat Knight, the Cardinals' head coach and son of legendary coach Bob Knight, does not think so highly of his seniors, or at least he didn't after a loss to Stephen F. Austin earlier in the season.
That was either brutal, or some very twisted motivational method.
Vermont, on the other hand, is a low-scoring team that went 0-3 versus 2012 NCAA Tournament teams. Their leading scorer, Four McGlynn, averages just 12.0 points per game.
So is Pomeroy right that the winner of this game will give top-seeded North Carolina fits come Friday?
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No. 16 Vermont vs. No. 16 Lamar, Wednesday, 6:40 p.m. ET, Dayton, Ohio