NCAA Tournament

NCAA Tournament preview: (12) Mississippi vs. (13) La Salle

Updated: 2013-03-23T22:25:21Z

•  WHEN/WHERE: About 6:40 p.m. Sunday at the Sprint Center.

•  TV: truTV

•  ABOUT MISSISSIPPI (27-8): The Rebels have won eight of their last nine, including six straight. They’ve also won their last three games in Kansas City — two NCAA Tournament wins in 2001 at Kemper Arena and an upset of Wisconsin on Friday at the Sprint Center. … Marshall Henderson, the SEC’s scoring leader, missed 13 of his first 14 shots against Wisconsin, but scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half. … Mississippi’s 27 victories have tied the 2000-01 team’s school record. … The Rebels have won 20 games for the sixth time in seven seasons under coach Andy Kennedy.

•  ABOUT LA SALLE (23-9): The Explorers are 2-0 in the NCAA Tournament, having beaten Boise State 80-71 on Wednesday in an opening-round game before upsetting No. 4 seed Kansas State 63-61 on Friday in the round of 64. Since La Salle lost post player Steve Zack to injury, Jerrell Wright is averaging 13.6 points and 7.8 rebounds in his last five games. He made three of four clutch free throws in the final 30 seconds in the win over Kansas State and finished with a career-best 21 points. … Ramon Galloway and Mississippi’s Murphy Holloway were teammates at South Carolina (Holloway redshirted) before transferring to their current schools.

•  BOTTOM LINE: La Salle, which made only three field goals in the second half against K-State, would make a cool story, going from a play-in game to the Sweet 16, but expecting the leg-weary and under-sized Explorers to win three games in five days might be a bit much. That’s usually only done in the NAIA Tournament.

| Randy Covitz, rcovitz@kcstar.com

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