LaSalle Poses Significant Challenge

Boise State and LaSalle are two similar teams and will face each other in the opening round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Let's learn more about the Explorers!

LaSalle, like Boise State, received an at-large berth into the 2013 Big Dance. The Philadelphia school from the Atlantic 10 Conference, like Boise State, features a smaller lineup that can really shoot.

The Explorers are led by Ramon Galloway at 17 points a game. He has taken the most three-point attempts of the team, hitting 80-199 (40.2%). Galloway can also drive the hoop, and the Broncos want to be aware of this. Gallaway connected on 96-of-117 free throws, many resulting from his forays into the lane.

Tyreek Duren averaged 15.0 points this season and hit 45-of-114 three-pointers for 39.5%. Duran is also a penetrator, and is 105-136 from the line. Tyrone Garland is another double-figure scorer at 12.9 points a game and Jerrell Wright is hitting at a 10.3 points per game clip and also pulls down 6.9 rebounds a contest.

Steve Zack gives LaSalle a decidable height advantage inside. Zack is averaging 6.4 points and 6.4 rebounds a game.

LaSalle scores 72.4 points a game to 66.0 points for their opponents. The Explorers shoot 44.8% from the field, 37.1% from three-point range, and a solid 73.8% from the line. They were outrebounded this year, 1,040 to 951. With their quick guard-heavy lineup, they average 8.1 steals a game, something else the Broncos will have to be wary of.

LaSalle lost a tough game at home to Central Connecticut State (81-74), before reeling off five straight wins. Included in that streak were wins over NCAA Tournament team Villanova and Penn State. LaSalle scored an impressive 54-53 win over Butler and a 69-61 road win at another tourney team--VCU.

Both teams are excited and ready for the challenge. It should be a great game Wednesday night in Dayton, Ohio. Tipoff is at 7:10 p.m. Mountain time.

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