|La Salle||R Galloway 17.1||J Wright 6.8||R Galloway 3.8|
|Kansas State||R McGruder 15.7||R McGruder 5.4||A Rodriguez 5.3|
No. 4-seeded Kansas State battles 13th-seeded La Salle in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Sprint Center on Friday. It gets started at 3:20 p.m. ET and you can see it on truTV. The Wildcats have not played the Explorers since the 1993-94 season, when they won 67-63.
The Wildcats fell 70-54 to Kansas on Mar. 16. Rodney McGruder finished with 18 points and five rebounds in the loss. He leads the team with 15.7 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game. For the Explorers, Tyrone Garland put up 22 points in the 80-71 win over Boise State on Mar. 20. He contributes 2.0 assists per game in addition to his 13.3 points per game.
La Salle StatSmack
- The top-ranking players between the two conferences for rebounds, steals, and blocks are in the Big 12.
- The Kansas State assist leader (Angel Rodriguez, 159 assists) has more assists than the La Salle assist leader (Ramon Galloway, 107 assists).
- The Big 12 has 4 teams - Kansas State (16.5), Iowa State (16.2), Baylor (15.3), and Kansas (15.3) - that average more assists per game than the A-10 leader, Massachusetts (15.0).
- The Big 12 has had one more NCAA Tournament Championship than the A-10 over the past 5 years.
- The Big 12 has 3 teams - Kansas (39.5), Iowa State (39.0), and Baylor (37.7) - that secure more rebounds per game than the A-10 leader, Fordham (37.6).
- Diaper Dandies love Kansas State. Kansas State has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than La Salle (4 vs. 0).
- Last year the worst team in the Big 12 had a higher RPI than the worst team in the A-10 (No. 235 vs. No. 254).
- Kansas State has a stronger schedule than La Salle this season (SOS Rank: No. 61 vs. No. 80).
- The Big 12 has had a better winning percentage in the NCAA Tournament over the past 10 years (62.1 vs. 45.0).
- The Big 12 has had 26 more NCAA Tournament teams than the A-10 over the past 10 years.
- Kansas State players are more experienced than La Salle players (16,103 minutes played vs. 15,675 minutes played).