History was made on Wednesday night.
Well, to an extent.
The LaSalle Explorers took down Boise State on Wednesday by a final score of 80-71. The victory marked the school’s first NCAA Tournament victory in 23 years. That would be 1990 if you can do the quick math. In fact, this year marks the Explorers’ first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1992 and now they are moving forward into the Round of 64.
No. 13 LaSalle will now square off against No. 4 Kansas State and despite not much buzz generating around LaSalle’s chances moving forward, they still do have the chance to give the Wildcats a run for their money on Friday.
The Explorers did an excellent job of scoring the basketball on Wednesday night and that’s something that they will need to keep as a focal point against a much more disciplined Kansas State squad.
The Wildcats are tough and were actually co-champions within the Big 12 during the regular season, so Bruce Weber’s squad has the potential to make a run within the NCAA Tournament this year.
Two names to keep an eye on in this match-up however, are the likes of LaSalle’s Ramon Galloway and K-State’s Rodney McGruder. Both play on the perimeter and both can score in bunches.
Each team will need their stars to shine on Friday night, so we will wait and see if the Explorers’ magic can outshine that of Kansas State in the Round of 64.