Posted on: March 14, 2010 11:10 pm
Edited on: March 15, 2010 10:33 am

Know Your 16 Seed: Vermont


The University of Vermont and State Agriculture College

The University of Vermont and State Agriculture College, or the University of Vermont for short, is a national public research university and the state of Vermont's land-grant university.  But most know UVM as 10,000 Phish fans that love peace, love, Mother Earth, and her funny smelling plants.

Location: Burlington, Vermont

Burlington is the largest city in our nation's 45th largest state.  It is known as "The Queen City of Vermont" by Vermonters.

Notable Alumni

Ben Affleck - Matt Damon's husband (Dropped out after one semester)
Trey Anastasio - lead singer for Phish
Eugene Kalkin - founder of Linens 'N Things 

The Catamounts

Because calling themselves the Cougars would really flood the admissions office with young men.  C-A-T-A-M-O-U-N-T-S!  CATAMOUNTS! CATAMOUNTS! CATAMOUNTS!

Mike Lonergan, Head Coach

Lonergan is in his fifth season as head coach at UVM.  He was the America East Coach of the Year in 2007.  More importantly, he has his own website, MikeLonergan.com.  That's baller status.

The Starting 5

#12 Nick Vier, Guard, Senior - 5.2 ppg, 2.5 apg
#24 Maurice Joseph, Guard, Senior - 14.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg
#21 Garvey Young, Guard, Sophomore - 7.5 ppg, 4.2 ppg
#32 Evan Fjeld, Forward, Junior - 10.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg
#23 Marqus Blakely, Forward, Senior - 17.2 ppg, 9.1 rpg

How They Got Here

Vermont beat Boston University - who apparently isn't just a hockey team - in the America East Championship.  Reggie Lewis Player of the Year Marqus Blakely scored 24 points, grabbed 18 rebounds, and had 5 assists in the Cats 83-70 win.

How Far Will They Go?

UVM plays #1 Syracuse Friday at 9:30 pm in a very familiar first round matchup.  Vermont upset the Orange in the 4/13 game in the 2005 NCAA tourney.  Will the Catamounts be able to shock the world one more time?  You're damn right they will.

I'm taking the upset.  Vermont will beat Syracuse to advance to the second round in the year of the 16 seed.  You heard it here, folks.

Category: NCAAB
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