The West Virginia Mountaineers (26-8) have been awarded the #3 seed in the East Region in the 2016 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament. The Mountaineers, who advanced to the Big 12 Conference Tournament finals before losing to Kansas, will place Southland Conference champions Stephen F. Austin on Friday in Brooklyn, New York. The #14 seed Lumberjacks advance to the tournament with a 27-5 record.
The winner of Friday’s game will advance to the round of 32 on Sunday to face the winner of a game between 6-seed Notre Dame and a play-in game between Tulsa and Michigan.
Nickname: Mountaineers. Coach: Bob Huggins.
Conference: Big 12. Bid: At large.
Region: East. Seed: No. 3.
Tournament Record: 27-26, 26 years. Last appearance: 2015.
Scoring: Team (79.2); Jaysean Paige 13.9; Devin Williams 13.3; Daxter Miles Jr. 9.7; Jevon Carter 9.7; Tarik Phillip 9.4.
Rebounds: Team (39.2); Devin Williams 9.3; Jonathan Holton 7.7.
Assists/Turnovers: Team (14.8/14.0); Jevon Carter 3.3/1.6; Tarik Phillip 2.8/1.9.
3-pointers: Team (.329); Jevon Carter 44; Jaysean Paige 43; Dexter Miles Jr. 40.
Last Ten: 7-3.
The Skinny: “Press Virginia” leads the nation with 9.9 steals per game. The Mountaineers were chosen by Big 12 coaches in the preseason to finish sixth but earned the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament.
Stephen F. Austin
Nacogdoches, Texas, 27-5.
Nickname: Lumberjacks. Coach: Brad Underwood.
Conference: Southland. Bid: Southland champion.
Region: East. Seed: No. 14.
Tournament Record: 1-3, 3 years. Last NCAA Appearance: 2015.
Scoring: Team (80.7); Thomas Walkup 17.5; Demetious Floyd 13.8; Clide Geffrard Jr. 13.4; Ty Charles 9.7.
Rebounds: Team (35.3); Thomas Walkup 6.8; Clide Geffrard, Jr. 5.9; Ty Charles 5.0; T.J. Holyfield 4.3.
Assists/Turnovers: Team (18.9/12.4); Thomas Walkup 4.5/1.8; Trey Pinkney 3.6/0.9; Ty Charles 2.4/1.9.
3-pointers: Team (.368); Demetious Floyd 94; Jared Johnson 46; Clide Geffrard Jr. 43.
Last Ten: 10-0.
The Skinny: SFA is in the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive season. The Texas-based Lumberjacks have a 20-game winning streak, which is somewhat reminiscent of the 28-game streak they took into the tourney two years ago when they got their only NCAA victory, against Virginia Commonwealth in overtime.