Tyrone Garland led La Salle's guard-driven offense with 22 points, and the Explorers wrapped up the NCAA tournament's First Four by getting...
DAYTON, Ohio — Tyrone Garland led La Salle’s guard-driven offense with 22 points, and the Explorers wrapped up the NCAA tournament’s First Four by getting the better of an old-fashioned shootout, beating Boise State 80-71 on Wednesday night.
The 13th-seeded Explorers (22-9) play fourth-seeded Kansas State on Friday in Kansas City.
Ramon Galloway, one of the Atlantic 10’s top scorers, added 21 points in a fast-paced offense that did pretty much whatever it wanted. The Explorers shot a season-high 63 percent from the field — 16 of 22 in the second half.
Thirteenth-seeded Boise State (21-11) got its first at-large bid and was looking for the first NCAA tournament win in its history. The Broncos fell to 0-6 in the tournament. Anthony Drmic had a game-high 28 points for the Broncos.
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DAYTON, Ohio — A.J. Davis, who stepped in as a starter because James Madison’s leading scorer was suspended for a half, led the way with 20 points as the Dukes beat LIU Brooklyn 68-55 in the First Four.
The Dukes (21-14) advance to meet top-seeded Indiana (27-6) on Friday at the same University of Dayton Arena. Jamal Olasewere had 20 points for the Blackbirds (20-14).
Cal vs. UNLV
California practiced at home at Haas Pavilion, then boarded a bus for the quick 50-mile trip down the interstate for its opener against UNLV in San Jose.
The fifth-seeded Runnin’ Rebels (25-9), who usually travel with a strong contingent, could be outnumbered in the stands when they face the No. 12 Golden Bears (20-11) on Thursday. Despite being a higher seed and winning in Berkeley on Dec. 9, the selection committee placed UNLV in the heart of Cal’s alumni base in Silicon Valley.
Oregon vs. Oklahoma State
Oregon ended up with the 12th seed in the Midwest Region despite winning the Pac-12 tournament in what was one of the more questioned decisions made by the tournament selection committee.
For the Ducks (26-8), the slight wasn’t all bad as they get to stay on the West Coast in San Jose when they take on fifth-seeded Oklahoma State (24-8).
Arizona vs. Belmont
The three-pointer is the main reason 11th-seeded Belmont (26-6) is the trendy pick to knock off sixth-seeded Arizona (25-7) when they open play in the West Region in Salt Lake City.
Senior guard Ian Clark leads the nation in three-point shooting at better than 46 percent, hitting 9 of 11 once in a game this season.
What the Bruins don’t have is size, with no starters taller than 6 feet 7. Arizona has four players 6-10 or taller.
• ESPN revealed that President Obama picked the Hoosiers to win it all. He also predicted Louisville, Ohio State and Florida would reach the Final Four.
• Syracuse has been under investigation for possible NCAA violations, mostly in its basketball program, for at least a year, according to two media reports.
• New Mexico coach Steve Alford agreed to a 10-year contract that could bring him up to $2 million per season including base salary, bonuses and incentives.
• The new Big East launched as a 10-member league with the additions of Butler, Creighton and Xavier and a 12-year deal with Fox worth about $500 million.
• Julius Randle of Plano, Texas, one of the most sought-after recruits in the country, committed to Kentucky.