The NCAA tournament selection committee will have quite a decision to make.
Will they take Saint Mary's based on a 19-2 record with Patrick Mills?
Or will they pass on Saint Mary's because of a 46 RPI?
Honestly, who can tell at this point?
And though you know where I stand on the subject, I'd be lying if I wrote that the Gaels did anything but hurt themselves the past two days, because there's no debating Mills just had the two worst games of his season, which might provide certain committee members the ammunition they need to send Saint Mary's to the NIT.
Gonzaga pounded Saint Mary's late Monday.
You heard that by now, I'm sure.
But did you know Mills was 2-of-16 from the field in the 83-58 loss?
And that he was 3-of-12 from the field 24 hours earlier in a win over Portland?
Add it up, and Mills has missed 23 of 28 shots in his two performances since returning from a broken hand, including 14 of his 16 3-point attempts. That's rough by any measuring stick. And if the committee's excuse to omit Saint Mary's revolves around the theory that the team with this version of Mills isn't the same team that started 18-1 with a healthy Mills, well, they're going to have the stats to back it up, I'm afraid.