Sunday, March 14, 2010

NCAA Field Has a Few MAAC Connections

A quick look at this year's NCAA tournament field results in more than a few MAAC connections, besides conference representative Siena's appearance. Here are some others:

- Georgia Tech, a No. 10 seed, is coached by former Siena head coach Paul Hewitt (1997-2000 at Siena). The Yellow Jackets have a first-round game against Oklahoma.

-Northern Iowa is a No. 9 seed (it matches up with No. 8 UNLV). Northern Iowa lost a BracketBusters game at Siena last season, and knocked off Siena in this season's return date.

- Florida is a No. 10 seed, matching up with a No. 7 BYU. Rob Lanier, a former Siena head coach (2001-2005) for four seasons.

- Wake Forest is a No. 9 seed, matching up with a No. 8 Texas. The Demon Deacons are coached by Dino Gaudio, who was the head coach for two seasons at Loyola (1998-2000).

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