The No.4-seed Kansas State Wildcats consistently rotate 11 players in games, while the No.13-seed La Salle Explorers frequently use just seven for quality minutes. When the two teams meet in the third round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, the Explorers can’t simply try and run past a Wildcats team that does an excellent job of controlling the tempo and spreading the ball around.
Take a guy like Rohan Brown, a 6-foot-6 freshman combo guard for the Explorers. Brown already has a pair of double-digit scoring efforts on his collegiate resume and can rebound exceptionally well for a guard. Yet, Brown only has 10 games of 10+ minutes. If you have a guard on your roster who outsizes most of the competition and can play like a small forward WITH scoring ability, that’s not something you waste.
Rodney McGruder leads K-State with 15.7 points per-game, but point guard Angel Rodriguez is a quality point guard that makes that offense go. Those are two major players for the Wildcats while guys like Adrian Diaz and Jordan Henriquez can come off the bench and put up points for KSU just as well.
It’s been the same story for La Salle all season, Ramon Galloway is a prolific scorer, but the risks he takes on offense can just as easily put the Explorers in a hole they won’t get out of. If the ball is in the hands of Brown, Tyreek Duren or Tyrone Garland down the stretch, La Salle could have a chance.
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