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Five things about La Salle

Here’s five things about La Salle leading up to Friday’s game against Kansas State in the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament:

1. They’re not intimidated. 

La Salle isn’t worried about the quick turnaround after Wednesday night’s win, and they’re not worried about being tired.

“I think we started off proving people wrong, proving to people how good we really are,” Tyreek Duren said. “I think we have to take care of Kansas State next and show people what we can really do.”

2. They don’t have a center
The Explorers have played with two big men all year in 6-8 power forward Jerrell Wright (10.4 points, 6.8 rebounds) and 6-11 center Steve Zack (6.4 points, 6.4 rebounds). Zack was at the Sprint Center walking around on crutches after spraining his left foot and will not play against the Wildcats.
3. Guard play is the key
La Salle has three guards that average over 10 points – Tyreek Duren (14.6), Ramon Galloway (17.1) and Tyrone Garland (13.3). That could create problems for Kansas State.
4. There’s some familiarity there … but not much
La Salle guard Sam Mills (7.9 points, 2.3 assists) was a teammate of Kansas State guard Martavious Irving at Fort Lauderdale’s Boyd Anderson High. Garland played against Kansas State when he was at Virginia Tech in 2010.
5. They’ve got history in KC
The Explorers won the 1954 NCAA championship at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, defeating Bradley 92-76.

Angel Rodriguez says K-State will “mess up” President Obama’s bracket “right away”

During Kansas State’s NCAA Tournament media session on Thursday at the Sprint Center, sophomore point guard Angel Rodriguez was asked about President Barack Obama picking Wisconsin to beat the Wildcats this weekend.

His response: “I feel bad for him. He’s going to mess up his bracket right away. I respect what he has to say. Whoever he picks to win, I respect it. But he already messed up the bracket.”

Update: Depending on where you look on the Internet for Obama’s bracket, you will find versions that have him picking La Salle over K-State and him picking K-State to make it to the round of 32. The latter is correct. ESPN apparently uploaded the wrong picks, but he chose the Wildcats to win a game on TV.

Morning links from Kansas City

Greetings from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, where we’re a couple of hours away from open practices and interview sessions.

Here’s some quick links to K-State stories from our NCAA Tournament preview section that came out today and from La Salle’s win over Boise State last night in the First Four to earn the right to play the Wildcats on Friday in Kansas City.

-LaSalle beat Boise State and gets to return to Kansas City, site of their ’54 NCAA title.

-K-State beat writer Kellis Robinett with a must-read on KSU senior guard Rodney McGruder. 

-Shane Southwell can open up K-State’s offense.

-Wildcats went from a desperate December to a merry March.

-Looking at the teams in K-State’s pod.

Here’s Twitter links to our Eagle crew in KC – @kellisrobinett @rickplumlee @travisheying @t_adame

Much more to come – will check back in later with some La Salle stuff after their interview session.