The La Salle Explorers (21-9) will face the Boise State Broncos (21-10) in a first-round NCAA Tournament game Wednesday night. The winner will be the #13 seed in the West Regional and face fourth-seeded Kansas State Friday. The game tips off at 9:10 pm ET from the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio and will be televised nationally on Tru TV. The Broncos are 1.5 point favorites currently with the over/under set at 138.5 points.
The Explorers made the field of 68 as an at-large team after dropping a 69-58 decision to Butler in the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament quarterfinals. Tyrone Garland led three La Salle players in double figures with 17 points off the bench. Tyreek Duren scored 16 points while Jerrell Wright contributed a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. The Explorers shot just 40 percent from the floor, including 7 of 23 from three point range and were beaten on the glass, 37-22.
La Salle is 60th in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 72.4 points per game this season. They do struggle to rebound the basketball, ranking 292nd with 31.7 rebounds per game. The Explorers have four double figure scorers on the season, led by Ramon Galloway’s 17 points and 3.8 assists per game. Duren contributes 15 points, Garland scores 12.9 per game and Wright adds 10.3 points to go with a team-high 6.9 rebounds per contest. Galloway is the top perimeter threat, knocking down 40.2 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc this season.
The Explorers have a seven man rotation that sees at least 22 minutes per game, while six of them average at least six points a night. This is La Salle’s 12th NCAA Tournament experience, their first since 1992. They have a record of 11-10 in March Madness all-time.
Like La Salle, the Broncos made the tournament as an at-large team after they dropped a 73-67 decision to San Diego State in the Mountain West Conference tournament quarterfinals Thursday. Anthony Drmic was one of only two Boise State players in double figures with 20 points but he shot 7 of 20 from the floor, 2 of 9 from three point range. Derrick Marks added 14 for Boise State in loss on 4 of 22 shooting. Boise State shot 34.9 percent as a team in the loss, with Drmic and Marks taking 42 of the Broncos’ 63 field goal attempts.
Boise State is 46th in the nation, averaging 73.3 points per game this season. They are 53rd in field goal percentage, knocking down 45.9 percent of their attempts. Drmic leads three Broncos in double figures with a 17.3 point per game average. Marks chips in 16.3 points and a team-high 3.9 assists per game while Jeff Elorriaga adds 10.3 points and is the team’s best perimeter threat, knocking down 45.1 percent from three point range. Boise State shoots 39.1 percent from beyond the arc this season. Ryan Watkins (8.4 points, team-high 6.8 rebounds) and Mikey Thompson (8.1 points) are capable offensive threats as well.
Eight players average at least 13 minutes a game for Boise State, with seven averaging at least five points a game. The Broncos are making their sixth appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first since 2008; they are 0-5 all-time.
Head to Head Matchup
Wednesday’s meeting between the two schools will be the first in history.
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