NCAA Tournament

NCAA Tournament preview: (4) Kansas State vs. (13) La Salle

Updated: 2013-03-22T02:07:10Z

•  WHEN/WHERE: About 2:10 p.m. Friday at the Sprint Center

•  TV: TruTV

•  RADIO: WHB (810 AM)

•  ABOUT KANSAS STATE (27-7): The Wildcats have had nearly a full week off since losing to Kansas in the championship game of the Big 12 tournament. They spent that time resting and preparing for the Explorers. They didn’t know if they were going to face La Salle or Boise State until late Wednesday night, but say they are well prepared. … This will be the fourth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament for Rodney McGruder, Martavious Irving and Jordan Henriquez. Together, they have helped K-State go 5-3 in the NCAA Tournament and win at least one game in their previous three trips. … McGruder and Rodriguez were all-Big 12 selections. … This will be K-State’s fifth game at Sprint Center this season. It is 3-1 with wins over Florida, Oklahoma State and Texas. … Bruce Weber last coached in the NCAA Tournament in 2011, reaching the round of 32 with Illinois.

•  ABOUT LA SALLE (22-9): The Explorers made it to the Sprint Center the hard way by beating Boise State 80-71 on Wednesday in an opening-round game. They will be short on rest after playing Wednesday night in Dayton, Ohio, flying to Kansas City and fulfilling their media obligations on Thursday. But they didn’t exert as much energy as they could have. They beat Boise State without much trouble, draining more than 63 percent of their shots. … La Salle is led by two dynamic guards. Ramon Galloway averages 17.1 points and Tyreek Duren averages 14.6 points. Together, they formed one of the top backcourts in the Atlantic 10. La Salle is 12-10 all time in the NCAA Tournament. … The last time it won two games in the NCAA Tournament was 1955, when it reached the championship game.

•  BOTTOM LINE: Kansas State has won its first NCAA Tournament game in three straight seasons. As long as it prevents La Salle from making 63 percent of its shots, that streak should continue.

| Kellis Robinett, krobinett@kcstar.com

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