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Cal Poly Mustangs: NCAA Tournament Profile

3WbYP.AuSt.76Cal Poly Mustangs (13-19, 6-10 Big West)- This is one of those Cinderella stories that you love to see each March, as the Mustangs came out of nowhere and captured their first-ever Big West title with three wins in four days. Seventh-seeded Cal Poly crushed second-seeded UC-Santa Barbara, 69-38, in what may have been the most shocking result of championship week. The Mustangs then took out top seed UC-Irvine, 61-58 in the semifinals before edging fellow cellar dweller Cal State-Northridge in a bizarre Big West final.

The scene on the court post-game was a thing of beauty, as these overachievers from a nerdy polytechnical school had just achieved something they will remember for the rest of their lives. They’re going to the Big Dance, the biggest stage in college basketball, and no one will ever be able to take that away from them.

Do they have a shot at continuing their Cinderella story into the Round of 32? No. But that’s not the point.

Two players average in double figures for the Mustangs, who rank near the bottom of the country offensively. Chicago native Chris Eversley leads the team at 13.6 ppg.

KEY STATS:

327th Points per Game (63.2)

319th Field Goal Percentage (.310)

297th Rebounds per Game (32.3)

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