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Odds to Win it All
Difficulty of Path
The Explorers have landed in the perennial No. 12/13 battle, giving them about a 50/50 shot at advancing to the Sweet 16. It's not looking pretty from there, though, as they would likely need to get through Gonzaga and Ohio State before running into whoever survives the Midwest region.
How They Looked in Opener
Both on offense and defense, Kansas State could not figure out how to handle La Salle in the first half. However, the pressure appeared to get to the Explorers in the second half, as they let an 18-point halftime lead completely disappear before snatching a victory from the jaws of defeat. If you stopped paying attention at halftime, you probably feel a lot better about La Salle's chances than those of us who watched until the bitter end.
Could Cut Down the Nets If...
The Explorers can build on what VCU did two years ago, advancing from the play-in game all the way to the Final Four. Heading into the day on Friday, their chances to win it all were listed at 400-to-1 on some sites, so they're getting about as much respect as the Rams did at a similar point in their magical run.