La Salle vs. Wichita State: Full Game Preview

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La Salle vs. Wichita State: Full Game Preview
La Salle
(24-9, 8-6 away)
Wichita State
(28-8, 14-2 home)
Venue: Staples Center
10:17PM ET / 7:17PM PT, March 28, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
La Salle R Galloway 17.4 J Wright 6.8 R Galloway 3.8
Wichita State C Early 13.9 C Hall 6.9 M Armstead 4.0

13th-seeded La Salle battles No. 9-seeded Wichita State in the sweet sixteen of the NCAA Tournament at Staples Center on Thursday. Tipoff occurs at 10:17 p.m. ET. The Explorers have not played the Shockers since the 2003-04 season, when they lost 74-71.

In a 76-74 win over Ole Miss on Mar. 24, Ramon Galloway put up 24 points for the Explorers. The do-it-all performer chips in a team-leading 17.4 points per game, 3.8 assists per game, and 1.9 steals per game. For the Shockers, Ron Baker finished with 16 points and six rebounds in the 76-70 win over Gonzaga on Mar. 23. He is averaging 8.3 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.

Wichita State has a statistical edge over La Salle in one specific area, rebounding, where the Shockers have the upper hand over the Explorers, 38.2 per game to 31.3 per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Wichita State is strong in the following categories: defensive rebounding percentage at 73.7 and offensive rebounding percentage at 37.9.

Wichita State StatSmack

  • La Salle has a stronger schedule than Wichita State this season (SOS Rank: No. 80 vs. No. 104).
  • Since 1998, La Salle has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Wichita State (two vs. zero).
  • The La Salle rebounding leader (Jerrell Wright, 195 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Wichita State rebounding leader (Carl Hall, 194 rebounds).
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? La Salle currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (969 to 954) than Wichita State, per the NCAA.
  • La Salle has a better record in close games than Wichita State this season (5-1 vs. 5-5).
  • La Salle is a better three-point shooting team (37.3 percent vs. 33.7 percent) than Wichita State this season.
  • The La Salle scoring leader (Ramon Galloway, 506 points) has more points than the Wichita State scoring leader (Cleanthony Early, 463 points).
  • Even computers respect La Salle more. La Salle has a better RPI this season than Wichita State (RPI: No. 38 vs. No. 42).
  • La Salle players are more experienced than Wichita State players (15,675 minutes played vs. 12,865 minutes played).
  • The La Salle three-point leader (Ramon Galloway, 80 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Wichita State three-point leader (Malcolm Armstead, 55 three-pointers).
SALLE Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Ramon Galloway 33 18 5 4 2 0 3
B Tyreek Duren 34 15 3 4 2 0 2
B Jerrell Wright 23 10 7 1 1 1 2
B Tyrone Garland 24 13 2 2 1 0 1
C+ Sam Mills 34 8 3 2 1 0 1
C+ Steve Zack 22 6 6 1 0 1 2
C D.J. Peterson 26 4 3 2 1 0 0
D+ Rohan Brown 8 2 2 0 0 0 0
D O.J. Lewis 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
D Taylor Dunn 6 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Garvin Hunt 4 0 1 0 0 0 0
WSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Carl Hall 29 13 7 1 0 2 1
B C. Early 24 14 5 1 1 1 2
B M. Armstead 28 10 4 4 2 0 2
B Ron Baker 24 8 3 2 1 0 1
C+ D. Williams 27 8 3 2 1 0 2
C+ Tekele Cotton 23 6 4 2 1 0 1
C Evan Wessel 19 6 2 2 0 0 1
C Fred Van Vleet 16 4 2 2 1 0 1
C Ehimen Orukpe 16 3 4 0 0 2 1
C- Nick Wiggins 14 5 2 0 0 0 1
C- Jake White 12 4 3 0 0 0 1
D+ Chadrack Lufile 9 2 2 0 0 0 0
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