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Saint Mary's and star Mills a No. 2 seed

Updated: March 16, 2009, 12:56 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Passed over by the NCAA tournament selection committee, Saint Mary's didn't even manage a top seed in the NIT.

The Gaels and playmaking guard Patrick Mills fell to the second line Sunday for the 32-team tournament, placed in the same bracket with San Diego State.

Joining the Aztecs as top seeds were Auburn, Creighton and Florida, which earned the dubious distinction of becoming the first team to follow consecutive national titles with back-to-back NIT berths.

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