Howard Herman is a sports columnist at The Berkshire Eagle. The dean of full-time sportswriters in Western Mass., he has been with the Eagle since 1988, and is a member of the New England Baseball and Basketball Hall of Fame.

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St. Mary's Alex Ducas shoots against Virginia Commonwealth's David Shriver in the second half of a first-round game in the NCAA Tournament, Friday, in Albany, N.Y.

ALBANY, N.Y. — In the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, we all know a lot of teams.

Some of them, like Saint Mary’s of California, fly under the radar screen. That is, unless you are someone — like I am — who is up until all hours of the morning watching late night games.



Howard Herman can be reached at or 413-496-6253.