|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|
No. 9-seeded Wichita State meets 13th-seeded La Salle in the sweet sixteen of the NCAA Tournament at Staples Center on Thursday. The game gets underway at 10:17 p.m. ET. The Shockers have not played the Explorers since the 2003-04 season, when they won 74-71.
In a 76-70 triumph over Gonzaga on Mar. 23, Ron Baker put up 16 points and six rebounds for the Shockers. He is averaging 8.3 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. In a 76-74 victory over Ole Miss on Mar. 24, Ramon Galloway put up 24 points for the Explorers. He puts up a team-leading 17.4 points per game, 3.8 assists per game, and 1.9 steals per game.
Wichita State has a statistical advantage over La Salle in one significant category, rebounding, where the Shockers have an edge over the Explorers, 38.2 per game to 31.3 per game.
La Salle StatSmack
- Wichita State allows fewer rebounds (30.0 allowed per game vs. 34.4 allowed per game) than La Salle this season.
- The Missouri Valley has 2 teams - Creighton (42.1 percent) and Drake (38.8 percent) - that shoot a better three-point percentage than the A-10 leader, Dayton (38.4 percent).
- Wichita State beat La Salle by 3 points the last time they played (Nov 21, 2003).
- The Missouri Valley had fewer blowout games in conference (meaning there is greater parity within the conference) than in the A-10.
- Wichita State does a better job contesting shots (40.0 percent allowed vs. 45.4 percent allowed) than La Salle this season.
- The Missouri Valley lost fewer non-conference blowout games than the A-10 (four vs. 12).
- Wichita State has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than La Salle (two vs. zero).
- The Wichita State assist leader (Malcolm Armstead, 135 assists) has more assists than the La Salle assist leader (Ramon Galloway, 107 assists).
- Malcolm Armstead is ranked 30th nationally in steals.
|C||Fred Van Vleet||16||4||2||2||1||0||1|