La Salle v Kansas State

Why La Salle can be this year’s Cinderella

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If you’re looking for a Cinderella in this year’s tournament, look no farther than La Salle.

Let’s start with the obvious: the Explorers are a No. 13 seed that needed to win their play-in game in order to have a chance to knock off No. 4 seed Kansas State. If your seed has double digits and you’re alive heading into the weekend, you have worlds of Cinderella potential.

But that’s not the biggest reason.

La Salle actually has a chance to advance further in this tournament.

Let’s start with the fact that their next game happens to come against No. 12 seed Ole Miss, who rode the coattails of Marshall Henderson to a win over No. 5 seed Wisconsin on Friday. The Rebels are beatable. La Salle can beat them.

And I think they can beat Gonzaga or Wichita State, as well.

Here’s the thing about the Explorers: they force you to matchup with them. They play three and four guards, all of whom are capable of scoring 20 points on a given night. They cause all sorts of problems with teams like Kansas State, teams that have bigger front lines. They force coaches to make a decision: do we try to play smaller to matchup with their perimeter players, or do we accept the fact that we are going to have to guard a guy like Sam Mills with a power forward?

It’s a risk for both teams. When the shots are going down, La Salle does things like build a 44-26 lead in one half against Kansas State. When the shots aren’t going down, the Explorers are vulnerable inside and things like K-State’s 31-12 second half run happen.

How will Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner matchup with La Salle? What about Carl Hall and Cleanthony Early or Kelly Olynyk and Elias Harris?

That’s what makes La Salle dangerous.

They’re not a lock.

But their ability to force teams to matchup with them makes them dangerous.

For more on La Salle’s win over Kansas State, check out CSNPhilly.com.

You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

Iowa State’s starting center Jameel McKay remains suspended

Iowa State forward Jameel McKay celebrates on the court at the end of an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 82-77. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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Steve Prohm announced on Monday that starting center Jameel McKay will not be in the lineup on Wednesday when the Cyclones take on Texas Tech.

“He’ll practice today because I want him in practice,” Prohm said, “but game-wise, he’s suspended.”

McKay did not make the trip to Stillwater with the team on Saturday, where Iowa State beat Oklahoma State, 64-59. Prohm has not gotten into specifics regarding the cause of McKay’s suspension, but it’s reportedly an issue with the way he has been practicing. McKay is dealing with a nagging knee injury, which may play a role in the situation as well.

“My hope is he’ll be with us on Saturday,” Prohm said.

AP POLL: Villanova climbs to No. 1 in the country.

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Like the Coaches Poll, Villanova found themselves No. 1 in the AP Poll during the regular season for the first time in the history of the program.

And like the Coaches Poll, there isn’t much in the way of a consensus when it comes to who is the No. 1 team, as there are six teams that received No. 1 votes in the poll this week.

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The biggest shock to me?

The No. 1 team in the NBC Sports Top 25, Iowa, received just 11 first place votes and is ranked fourth in the AP Poll.

They were ranked fifth in the Coaches Poll.

Can we get Fran McCaffery the love they deserve?

Here is the rest of the AP Poll:

1. Villanova (20-3, 32 first-place votes)
2. Maryland (21-3, 13)
3. Oklahoma (19-3, 7)
4. Iowa (19-4, 11)
5. Xavier (21-2)
6. Kansas (19-4, 1)
7. Virginia (19-4, 1)
8. Michigan State (20-4)
9. North Carolina (19-4)
10. West Virginia (19-4)
11. Oregon (18-4)
12. Miami (FL) (18-4)
13. Louisville (19-4)
14. Iowa State (17-6)
15. Texas A&M (18-5)
16. SMU (20-2)
17. Arizona (19-5)
18. Purdue (19-5)
19. Dayton (19-3)
20. Providence (18-6)
21. Baylor (17-6)
22. Kentucky (17-6)
23. USC (18-5)
24. Texas (16-7)
25. Wichita State (17-6)

DROPPED OUT: No. 22 Indiana, No. 25 South Carolina
NEW ADDITIONS: No. 23 USC, No. 24 Texas