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

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.
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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