Hold your heads up.
Before this season, the Explorers hadn’t been to the NCAA Tournament since 1992 and hadn’t won a game since 1990. The team that hadn’t been Dancing in over 20 years got to the Sweet Sixteen despite not even having its starting center. Oh, yeah, they needed to win a play-in game to even be in the field.
In a loaded Atlantic 10 Conference field this season, La Salle was often overshadowed by teams like the Butler Bulldogs, VCU Rams and even the Temple Owls. I could make some short-sighted comment about how college basketball analysts nationwide had it wrong all season but the reality is, the A-10 was wide open this season, with the top five teams separated by just a pair of games.
With four of the Explorers’ starting five returning next season — including a healthy 6-foot-11 Steve Zack — La Salle has a chance to build off the success senior Ramon Galloway helped the Explorers achieve this season.
The A-10 is undergoing a major overhaul come next season, just the right time for an experienced team to take its rightful place in the spotlight.
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