I did not think Walt Disney ever envisioned having more than one Cinderella, but that is exactly what is going on in the NCAA Tournament at the moment. Having multiple smaller-schools in the Sweet 16 is not an abnormality, although having a guarantee that one of them is going to the Elite Eight is.
That is where the winner of the LaSalle Explorers and Wichita State Shockers will be headed. Two teams who have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Galloway is one of the very few players who have had the chance to play in three NCAA Tournament games already. Thanks to LaSalle having to participate in the play-in game, the senior has already scored 64 points in the big dance. LaSalle will obviously need Galloway to continue in his scoring ways against the Shockers.
Battle of the Boards
Wichita State is a far superior rebounding team. LaSalle does not need to win the battle of the boards, but will have to at least keep it close to be able to compete. Jerrell Wright will need to be the primary rebounder, as he already leads the team in that category underneath the glass.
Don’t Let it become a Fist-Fight
Have you ever seen Rocky V? You know, possibly the worst of the Rocky movies ever gracing the silver screen. In it, Tommy Gun is told not to fight Balboa on the streets, the reason being Rocky, in his heart, is a street-fighter.
Wichita State is the Rocky of this situation. The Shockers really like to bang and use their physical style against their opponents. LaSalle needs to avoid trading blows and hope they can outlast Wichita State.
1-100 Upset Scale
50 — This game is as good as a coin toss. Even if LaSalle were to win, nobody would consider it a big upset.
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