2013 NCAA Tournament: LaSalle Explorers Are More Than A Bubble Team With Upset Victory

By Phil Naegely
LaSalle Basketball
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No. 13 seed LaSalle barely got into the NCAA Tournament as one of the last four teams in. They had to take on Boise St in a play-in game.  Many thought the Explorers should have not have made the big dance in favor of the University of Massachusetts. LaSalle moved on to the second round to take on No. 4 seed Kansas St. with an 80-71 win over Boise St.

The Cinderella story seemed like it would come to an end for the Explorers today, however, they continue their story for another round. With the 63-61 victory over Kansas St, LaSalle keeps the Atlantic-10 perfect in the tournament so far, showing they belonged in the tournament and are more than a bubble team. There have been many upsets in the tournament so far, and this one by LaSalle is just as special as the others.

LaSalle jumped over Kansas St early on in the game and went into the half with a favorable 18 point game. In the second half, Kansas St. figured out LaSalle’s weakness down low, but it wasn’t enough.  The Explorers better performance was definitely in the first half, but they didn’t make any major mistakes like Davidson did yesterday to prevent them from completing the upset. Defensively, the Explorers stepped up big  when it mattered especially on the last play of the game to prevent Kansas St. from being victorious. For now LaSalle’s Cinderella story continues on, and they show that the selection committee didn’t make a bad choice by having them in the tournament. The Explorers also show that they are more than a one and done bubble team.

Phil Naegely is a Soccer writer for RantSports.com. He also writes about College Basketball, MLB, NASCAR, and NBA news. Like him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @afriendofgod512 and add him to your circles on Google+.

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