2013 NCAA Tournament: Ramon Galloway Must Shine if LaSalle Plans to Top Boise State

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LaSalle guard Ramon Galloway was born on Feb. 10, 1991.

Therefore, the 6-foot-3 star guard was only one year old when the Explorers last qualified for the NCAA Tournament. That came back in 1992 and in relation to that fact, Galloway wasn’t even born the last time LaSalle won a game within the Big Dance. You’d have to go all the way back to 1990 to find that.

So, 23 seasons have passed since the Explorers last won a game within the NCAA Tournament and as they prepare for Wednesday night’s meeting with Boise State, the question must be asked. Will LaSalle get their first NCAA Tournament victory in more than two decades?

Well, it’s considered a play-in game, but either way it’s a part of the NCAA Tournament. A win would be a win, and a win would move the Explorers forward into the second round against fourth seeded Kansas State. That statement will be easier said than done however, as the Broncos are a dangerous and battle-tested squad out of the Mountain West Conference.

In order for LaSalle to win on Wednesday and advance forward, they need Galloway to have a big game. This shouldn’t be too hard, considering he is averaging 17.0 points per game this season and is used to be the go-to-guy with the most pressure.

Here’s the interesting point though. LaSalle has lost each of their last two games heading into tournament play and in those contests Galloway scored only eight and four points, respectively. Galloway’s struggles only equaled back-to-back losses for the Explorers.

Boise State should look to do whatever Butler and Saint Louis did in those games because LaSalle managed to average only 56 points in that two game span. That’s 16 points below their season average.

Tip-off between No. 13 Boise State and No. 13 LaSalle is scheduled for 9:10pm (EST) on Wednesday.

 

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