La Salle vs. Mississippi: Full Game Preview
|La Salle||R Galloway 17.2||J Wright 6.9||R Galloway 3.8|
|Mississippi||M Henderson 20.0||M Holloway 9.6||J Summers 3.7|
13th-seeded La Salle battles 12th-seeded Ole Miss in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at Sprint Center on Sunday. Tipoff occurs at 8:10 p.m. ET and you can catch it on truTV. The Explorers have not played the Rebels since the 2007-08 season, when they lost 84-77.
In a 63-61 win over Kansas State on Mar. 22, Jerrell Wright put up 21 points and eight rebounds for the Explorers. In addition to a team-leading 6.9 rebounds per game, he chips in 10.8 points per game. For the Rebels, Murphy Holloway finished with 10 points and nine rebounds in the 57-46 win over Wisconsin on Mar. 22. He leads the team in rebounds with 9.6 per game and steals with 1.6 per game.
Reviewing current performance metrics, Ole Miss has an edge in one significant category, rebounding, where the Rebels have the upper hand over the Explorers, 38.9 per game to 31.3 per game. Ole Miss ranks first in their conference in turnover percentage at 15.9, which also places them 10th in the country.
Ole Miss StatSmack
- La Salle is a better three-point shooting team (37.3 percent vs. 33.8 percent) than Ole Miss this season.
- La Salle has a stronger schedule than Ole Miss this season (SOS Rank: No. 80 vs. No. 134).
- The La Salle steals leader (Ramon Galloway, 60 steals) has more steals than the Ole Miss steals leader (Murphy Holloway, 49 steals).
- The top-ranking players between the two conferences for points, free throws made, and steals are in the A-10.
- Last year the A-10 had more close games in conference (so the games are more exciting to watch) than in the SEC.
- The worst team in the A-10 has a higher RPI than the worst team in the SEC (No. 220 vs. No. 252).
- Even computers respect La Salle more. La Salle has a better RPI this season than Ole Miss (RPI: No. 38 vs. No. 56).
- Since 1998, La Salle has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Ole Miss (two vs. one).
- La Salle has a better record in close games than Ole Miss this season (5-1 vs. 5-4).
- The A-10 has a better average team RPI than the SEC (94 vs. 105).
- La Salle has more wins against the RPI Top 50 than Ole Miss this season (three vs. one).