No objection from Stevenson over seeding in NCAA tournament

After three years of a first-round bye, Mustangs will play host to Birmingham-Southern in Wednesday's first round

May 07, 2012|By Edward Lee

For each of the previous three years, Stevenson enjoyed regular-season records of 15-1 in 2009, 17-1 in 2010 and 17-2 in 2011. And that success enabled the school to collect a top-two seed and a first-round bye in the South region of the NCAA tournament.

But on Sunday night, the Mustangs (15-4) learned that they will play in their first first-round contest when they play host to Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference champion Birmingham-Southern (14-4) this Wednesday at Mustang Stadium in Owings Mills.

The absence of a first-round bye did not rub coach Paul Cantabene the wrong way.

“I thought it was fair,” he said Monday morning. “It was pretty much where I thought we would be after what we’ve done this year. It’s kind of like being the third seed in the South after we lost to Lynchburg [6-3 on March 10] and Salisbury [twice]. So I thought it was fair, and I thought the committee did a good job overall. I thought the teams that deserved to get in got in. There weren’t too many exceptions or people who got snubbed.”

Lynchburg is the only common opponent for both teams as the Panthers were routed, 21-4, on Feb. 12. But Cantabene said he didn’t plan to take that loss into consideration while creating a scouting report on Birmingham-Southern.

“We respect what they’ve done this year,” he said. “I think the one thing our team has learned this year is you can’t underestimate any teams. So we’re going to take them just as seriously as we take a Salisbury or a Lynchburg.”

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