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Boise State East Meets La Salle West in Tonight's NCAA Play-In Game

Boise State East Meets La Salle West in Tonight's NCAA Play-In Game

They come from the two best mid-major conferences in the country. They received bids over schools from BCS conferences with arguably better resumes (Tennessee, Virginia). They have little-to-no recent NCAA tournament history. They both play four (sometimes even five) guards.

There's a lot of similarities between La Salle (21-9, 11-5 A-10) and Boise State (21-10, 9-7) ahead of their first-round/play-in game at 9:10 p.m. this evening in Dayton, Ohio (truTV). The winner becomes the 13-seed in the West Region, earning the right to likely get stomped by 4-seed Kansas State.

For La Salle, it's the program's first NCAA tourney appearance since 1992. The Explorers haven't won a tournament game since 1990. They haven't reached the Sweet 16 since 1955 — the year after their National Championship — when they beat West Virginia, Princeton, Canisius, and Iowa before falling to Bill Russell's San Francisco in the championship game.

Fast-forward 58 years and not a single player in the La Salle rotation was even born the last time the Explorers won a tournament game. Leading scorer Ramon Galloway (17 PPG) was 13 months old in March of '92.

So — how do the Explorers actually match up against Boise State? Can they win a tournament game for the first time in 23 years? Here's the upshot:

The two keys to this one for La Salle: Keep pace with Boise State from
beyond the arc and protect the defensive glass. Boise State shoots the
12th-best percentage in the country from three and, according to KenPom,
is the third-best offensive rebounding team in the country, grabbing
24.6 percent of its own misses. The Explorers would like to have Steve
Zack (ankle) back as soon as possible and could certainly use him
against Boise State, even if it's just to stand in the defensive paint
and be tall (Update: He isn't playing).

This one comes down to which team is making its
threes and which does a better job boarding the long rebounds on the
treys that don't go. Whichever does that gets 4th-seeded Kansas State on
Friday.

Head on over to CSNPhilly for the full scouting report. If you'd like to do a bit of looking ahead to Friday, you can check out Temple's matchup N.C. State here and Villanova's matchup with North Carolina here.

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Who ya got tonight? Any of you La Salle fans getting rowdy? Been a while. Enjoy yourselves.

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Chris Long: Putting 'my money where my mouth is' with donation of game checks

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Chris Long: Putting 'my money where my mouth is' with donation of game checks

Whether it was his passionate defense of Colin Kaepernick, his show of support for Malcolm Jenkins' raised fist by draping his arm around his teammate during the national anthem or his strong words about racism and violence in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, Chris Long has been extraordinarily outspoken since he joined the Eagles.

Now he's more than outspoken.

"I had a few people that were like, 'Hey, these gestures are great but why don’t you guys get out there in your communities?'" Long said.

So he is.

Long announced via his Twitter account earlier this week that he plans to donate his first six game checks from this year's salary -- more than $350,000 -- to create two scholarships for students in Charlottesville.

At his locker on Wednesday, he explained what led to the remarkably generous gesture.

"My wife and I have been investing in scholarships in my hometown for a while," Long said. "I'm interested in education, always have been, and … the best way I can give back to something I love is take it out of my game check, because what I love doing is playing football.

"I could (fund the scholarship) another way, but just taking it out of my game check makes it real easy for me to realize why I’m coming to work every day. It’s been a blessing."

Long, 32, is in his 10th NFL season and first with the Eagles. He's the son of Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long, who graduated from Villanova in 1981.

Chris Long had his first sack as an Eagles Sunday against the Chiefs. He now has 59 ½ in his career.

"I’ve been lucky," Long said. "I’ve made a lot of money in my career, so it’s not like I’m scrapping check to check. This isn’t a hero thing. It’s nothing like that. It’s honestly just that I want to put my money where my mouth is.

"It’s something we’ve done before, but we’re upping the ante this time."

Long signed a two-year, $4.5 million contract with the Eagles this offseason after winning a Super Bowl ring with the Patriots last year, the first time he's ever played for a team with a winning record.

His 2017 base salary is $1 million, which means each of his 17 game checks equal $58,823. Six game checks equals $352,941.

Long said being able to donate that kind of money makes the game more meaningful for him.

“It for certain does," he said. "It means a lot to go out and play football every Sunday. To be honest, I would play games for free. The thing I wouldn’t do for free is sit in meetings and do practice every day.

"Honestly, it’s a joy no matter what. But just knowing that the game checks are going to that makes it more special for me. You know, 10th year, you don’t know how long you’ll be able to do this, so your platform is really important and meaningful now. You don’t know how meaningful it’ll be in a year or two.”

Long said he's not done yet, either.

His foundation -- the Chris Long Foundation -- has more charity work in store in the coming weeks.

"My foundation is going to launch another campaign this year that’s going to be similar that’s hopefully going to have some fan involvement," Long said.

"It’s going to be broader reaching than just a couple kids getting scholarships, so I’m excited about that."