Here’s five things about La Salle leading up to Friday’s game against Kansas State in the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament:
1. They’re not intimidated.
La Salle isn’t worried about the quick turnaround after Wednesday night’s win, and they’re not worried about being tired.
"I think we started off proving people wrong, proving to people how good we really are," Tyreek Duren said. "I think we have to take care of Kansas State next and show people what we can really do."2. They don’t have a center
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The Explorers have played with two big men all year in 6-8 power forward Jerrell Wright (10.4 points, 6.8 rebounds) and 6-11 center Steve Zack (6.4 points, 6.4 rebounds). Zack was at the Sprint Center walking around on crutches after spraining his left foot and will not play against the Wildcats.
3. Guard play is the key
La Salle has three guards that average over 10 points – Tyreek Duren (14.6), Ramon Galloway (17.1) and Tyrone Garland (13.3). That could create problems for Kansas State.
4. There’s some familiarity there … but not much
La Salle guard Sam Mills (7.9 points, 2.3 assists) was a teammate of Kansas State guard Martavious Irving at Fort Lauderdale’s Boyd Anderson High. Garland played against Kansas State when he was at Virginia Tech in 2010.
5. They’ve got history in KC
The Explorers won the 1954 NCAA championship at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, defeating Bradley 92-76.