|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).
|C||Fred Van Vleet||16||4||2||2||1||0||1|