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March 29, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Who's hot La Salle's Ramon Galloway has averaged 21.3 points in the three NCAA wins and is shooting 22 for 41 (.536) from the field and 12 for 23 from beyond the arc. Cleanthony Early, a 6-foot-8 junior, has averaged 18.5 points, 7 rebounds, and 26 minutes during Wichita State's NCAA wins over Pitt and Gonzaga.   Who's not La Salle sophomore guard D.J. Peterson has shot just 3 for 10 in the Explorers' three NCAA games. Wichita State center Ehimen Orukpe had just five rebounds in 30 minutes during the two NCAA wins.
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April 5, 2013 | BY TAYLOR ELDRIDGE, The Wichita Eagle
WICHITA, Kan. - Ron Baker could have said anything. He could have posed and reinforced the point with a couple pounds to the chest. He could have raised a finger to proclaim himself No. 1 and it wouldn't have been far from the truth, because when you deliver dagger after dagger while scoring 16 points to knock off Gonzaga, college basketball's No. 1 team, to get to the Sweet 16, you earn the right to celebrate. Surrounded by pandemonium, Baker's mind was clear when his postgame interview with TNT's Jaime Maggio concluded.
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March 31, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES - Like a stunned prize fighter, the La Salle Explorers basketball team was dazed. In essence, La Salle finally received a dose of its own medicine, and it wasn't pretty. The Explorers season ended with Thursday's 72-58 Sweet 16 loss to a multidimensional Wichita State team at the Staples Center. In the quiet La Salle locker room, there were no excuses. Despite being on the road since leaving for Dayton, Ohio, on March 18 to begin this NCAA odyssey, there was no talk of fatigue.
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March 29, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES - Throughout the NCAA tournament, La Salle coach John Giannini has stressed that the Explorers are no Cinderella team, despite their 13th seed. La Salle's next opponent, standing in the way of an Elite Eight appearance, doesn't fall into that category, either. La Salle (24-9) and ninth seed Wichita State (28-8) aren't the most well-known teams left in the Sweet 16. But like La Salle, Wichita State has followed up a strong regular season with some eye-popping performances in the NCAA tournament.
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March 30, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES - Throughout its first three NCAA tournament wins, La Salle had reveled in its role as a front-runner. The Explorers' biggest deficit had been five points, against Mississippi. Against a hard-charging Wichita State team on Thursday night, La Salle experienced a role reversal, and it marked the end of a memorable season. Trailing by 14 points before seven minutes had elapsed and 16 points at halftime, La Salle saw its feel-good season come to an end in a 72-58 loss to the Shockers in a Sweet 16 game at the Staples Center.
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March 25, 1987 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Willingboro High's Aaron Davis, the all-time leading scorer in the Burlington County League Liberty Division, has made an oral commitment to attend Wichita State on a basketball scholarship. The 6-foot-7 Davis thus becomes the second South Jersey standout who is headed to the Kansas school. In November, St. Augustine Prep's 6-8 Chip Thompson signed a letter of intent with the Shockers. Davis, who helped Willingboro compile a 63-14 record in his three years as a starter, scored 1,405 career points.
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November 21, 2011 | STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
SAN JUAN, P.R. - Juan Fernandez knows that sometimes taking a step back can help you go forward. That's just what he did yesterday as he helped propel Temple to a 78-74 overtime win over Wichita State in the third-place game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament. Fernandez scored 15 points and was 4-for-8 from the arc, including the tying three-pointer with 43 seconds left in regulation. "I actually thought Rahlir [Hollis-Jefferson] was going to shoot that," Fernandez said.
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March 27, 2013 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
With occasional exceptions such as those Gulf Coasters who just left town, NCAA Cinderella stories tend toward the parochial. The La Salle Explorers are the talk of this city, home of the Southwest Philly Floater, but La Salle's unexpected NCAA Sweet 16 game on Thursday will be late at night and up the cable listing. Halfway across the country, La Salle's next foe has its own underdog vibe going. After No. 9 Wichita State knocked off top-seeded Gonzaga, the nation's top-ranked team in the last AP poll, the Shockers returned home Sunday to a small crowd at the airport, cars racing alongside the bus, and 3,000 people at a rally on campus.
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March 28, 2013 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Somewhere, as his former team prepares to face La Salle on Thursday in their unlikely West Regional matchup, Gary Thompson must be thankful the NCAA conducts its tournament at neutral sites. In Philadelphia basketball's long and rich history, it's doubtful any coach ever enjoyed a visit here less than the late Wichita State mentor. After his No. 2-ranked Shockers were upset by St. Joseph's in the 1964 Quaker City Tournament final, Thompson called Palestra fans "horrible," the officials "atrocious," and the whole experience "a damn farce.
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March 29, 2013 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
LOS ANGELES - Going 4 days without a game must seem like a vacation for a La Salle team that earned the right to keep playing in the NCAA Tournament by winning three games in 5 days. But play they must and play they will Thursday night in the Sweet 16 at the Staples Center against Wichita State. How the game will be decided is no big secret. "Is their strength going to beat our quickness?" La Salle coach John Giannini said, asking the big question that will have a definitive answer sometime after midnight.
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March 20, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
KENTUCKY opened as 32-point favorites against Hampton. Vegas Vic has them at 34. By the time the game starts tonight (9:40, CBS), the line could be 35. It's Vic's highest spread total since Duke was a 34-point favorite against Alabama State in 2004 and covered it with a 96-61 win. Yep. The Dookies were laying 34 and won by 35. In the SEC semifinals this year, Kentucky was favored by 24 1/2 over Auburn and won by 24 (91-67). In the conference title game, the Wildcats beat Florida by 25. They were 13 1/2-point favorites.
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March 6, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
TWO MORE conference playoffs start tonight, including the Missouri Valley, which has two ranked teams at the start of its conference tournament for only the second time in league history. Bubble teams everywhere are rooting for Wichita State or Northern Iowa to win the MVC. If someone else from the league wins, it will steal a bid from the at-large pool. Isn't this fun? MAAC At Albany, N.Y. FIRST ROUND/Today 8-Siena vs. 9-Niagara, 5 7-Saint Peter's vs. 10-Fairfield, 7:30 6-Quinnipiac vs. 11-Marist, 10 QUARTERFINALS/Saturday Iona vs. Siena/Niagara, 12 Monmouth vs. Canisius, 2:30 Rider vs. Saint Peter's/Fairfield, 5:30 Manhattan vs. Quinnipiac/Marist, 8 SEMIFINALS/Sunday Times: 4:30 & 7 p.m. CHAMPIONSHIP/Monday Semifinal winners, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
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February 26, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shortly after leaving the December funeral for Nate Fox, a player he coached at the University of Maine who was tragically shot and killed, La Salle coach John Giannini had a revelation. "As I went to the viewing, the only thing I could think of was how lucky I was to coach a player like Nate," Giannini said of Fox, who played professionally for 12 years overseas after playing for Giannini. "And then, as I went to my car in the parking lot, the only thing I could think about was how lucky I am to coach guys like D.J., Jerrell, and Steve.
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October 22, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Rollie Massimino will be back coaching at the Pavilion in a couple of weeks. Nine days after that - Nov. 13, to be precise - he will turn 80 years old. The man who coached Villanova for 19 years, and during that one marvelous, mystical April Fool's evening in 1985, has not slowed down and has no plans of retiring even as he continues a battle against cancer. "I went to visit [former Florida State football coach] Bobby Bowden a few years ago and he was up on top of the tower coaching," Massimino said.
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April 8, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
ARLINGTON, Texas - I liked four teams when this NCAA Tournament began - Wichita State, Louisville, Michigan State and Florida. Kentucky has beaten two of them, Connecticut the other two. Now, what? The seeds stopped mattering when the games started. Add these seeds up and you get 15. Watch and analyze the 10 games UK and UConn have played in this tournament and you get the teams that have performed the best now playing for the championship. I have been in the building for each of UConn's five wins.
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March 25, 2014 | Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
THE NCAA Tournament Selection Committee had consecutive very bad Sundays. The group of well-meaning men and one woman simply did not understand how to put a balanced bracket together. They spent all their time rewarding teams for November and December performance rather than lining up teams on how they were likely to play in late March and April. The group is in desperate need of an oddsmaker and somebody who really understands the game, preferably both. I thought there were six teams with enough talent and firepower to beat Wichita State in this tournament.
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March 11, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Fred VanVleet scored 22 points, and No. 2 Wichita State remained the nation's lone unbeaten after defeating Indiana State, 83-69, in St. Louis on Sunday in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament final. Wichita State (34-0) matched the NCAA record for victories to start the season held by UNLV in 1990-91 after going 18-0 in the conference regular season. Manny Arop and Justin Gant had 18 points apiece for second-seeded Indiana State (23-10). Maryland 75, Virginia 69 - The host Terrapins (17-14, 9-9)
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March 6, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
IF YOU DON'T think Wichita State can get back to the Final Four, you either a) have not watched the Shockers play, or b) don't know much about basketball. I find the whole debate about Wichita silly. If going unbeaten in the regular season was easy, it would have been done more than twice in the last 23 seasons. I think Wichita is going to be 36-0 when they play in the Sweet 16. It is pretty clear nobody in the Missouri Valley can beat them so the Shockers are going to win "Arch Madness" in Saint Louis.
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March 5, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Villanova moved up to No. 6 in the Associated Press college basketball poll, while Florida, Wichita State, and Arizona remained the top three teams for the second straight week. Villanova (26-3, 14-2) posted victories over Butler and Marquette last week while No. 5 Kansas and No. 7 Louisville both lost and fell to Nos. 8 and 11, respectively. Wichita State (31-0), the first team since St. Joseph's in 2004 to enter its conference tournament undefeated, was No. 1 on 14 ballots, while Arizona (27-2)
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March 2, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
It has been 23 years since a team reached 30-0, something No. 2 Wichita State did when it became the first Division I basketball team to reach 30 wins in the regular season when it defeated Bradley, 69-49, earlier this week. The Shockers, at this point - despite a weak schedule that features just one good win against St. Louis - have nothing to prove to their detractors who think they should not be a top seed in the NCAA tournament. The Shockers have one more regular-season game against Missouri State this weekend, and nobody in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament likely represents more than a speed bump on the way to entering March Madness undefeated.
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