Different approaches for Albany, Mount St. Mary's in NCAA Tournament

Albany's John Puk (44) pumps his fist after

Albany's John Puk (44) pumps his fist after scoring against Stony Brook in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the America East Conference tournament on Saturday, March 15, 2014, in Stony Brook, NY. Albany won 69-60. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek) (Credit: AP / Kathy Kmonicek)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Both are No. 16 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. Both are making their fourth March Madness appearance. Both earned a spot by coming out of nowhere to win their conference tournament.

That's about where the similarities end for Mount St. Mary's (16-16) and Albany (18-14).

When the two meet Tuesday night in the First Four at the University of Dayton, it will be a dramatic contrast in styles. The Mountaineers, champs of the Northeast Conference, like to run and pump up 3s. The Great Danes, winners of the American East, prefer to pound it inside.



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The winner gets a questionable door prize: A quick turnaround against overall No. 1 seed Florida on Thursday in its home state.

But that's for discussion later. Right now, both are basking in the spotlight.

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