Not a Shocker: Wichita State Ends La Salle's Entertaining Run

Not a Shocker: Wichita State Ends La Salle's Entertaining Run

"The key to tonight's game is the same key for every game involving a
four-guard team — make shots. The more shots the Explorers make, the
fewer rebounds will be available for them not to grab. If it seems
simple, that's because it is. Small teams can't afford to be
inefficient." — pregamer

La Salle was pretty inefficient Thursday night. The Explorers opened 4 of 18 from the field and closed the first half just 8 of 30. The Shockers, meanwhile, shot better than 50 percent in the opening frame and out-rebounded La Salle, as expected, by 14 boards to take a 16-point lead into the half.

Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall told his team during the break that La Salle would either shrink the lead to 10 points and make it a game or that his team would further press it to 20. The latter happened almost immediately, and La Salle never got any closer than 11 the rest of the way.

The final score: Wichita State 72, La Salle 58. La Salle shoots 35.7 percent (20-for-56) to Wichita's 44.8 (30-for-67) and gets out-rebounded, 44-23. Ramon Galloway and Tyrone Garland combine to go 9-for-30 from the field.

And the problem — La Salle's ball movement, or lack thereof. The Explorers were at their best this year when they were moving the ball and making teams chase them, setting the pace offensively and dictating matchups at both ends. They were at their worst, however, when they stood around and settled for lazy iso after lazy iso, which they did too often in the first half, digging themselves into an early hole.

Then there's the matter of just getting dominated on the glass. There's a lot less they could have done to remedy that issue.

All credit for winning three games and advancing to the Sweet Sixteen is due, but La Salle was fortunate to receive a favorable draw against teams — Boise State, Kansas State, Ole Miss — against whom its lack of height wouldn't be an issue. That luck ran out in Los Angeles, when the Explorers couldn't create nearly enough quality opportunities to hang with a larger opponent.

In a lot of ways, La Salle fans won out just by seeing their team get as far as it did for the first time in nearly six decades.

A memorable Big 5 run has reached its end.

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TicketIQ: Penn State to face USC in most expensive Rose Bowl this decade

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TicketIQ: Penn State to face USC in most expensive Rose Bowl this decade

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Penn State is headed to the Rose Bowl Game, and it will cost a pretty penny to be on hand in Pasadena on January 2.

With a statement win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game Penn State clinched their first Rose Bowl berth since 2009. The No. 5 school in the nation will face No. 9 USC in a rematch from seven years ago. Such a long absence for both schools in the bowl game is driving resale ticket prices to new heights, so much so that the Rose Bowl Game will be the most expensive bowl game this season – including the two Semifinal games.

On TicketIQ, an event ticket search engine that pools tickets and data from over 90 percent of the secondary market, the average resale price for Rose Bowl Game tickets is now $804. Not only does that make it the most expensive Rose Bowl since at least 2010, but also the priciest bowl game of the last seven seasons. If looking just to get in on January 2 the cheapest tickets are now priced from $346 each.

The showdown between Penn State and USC is so expensive that it will be more than twice the average price of both Semifinal games. As it stands now the resale average for Peach Bowl tickets between Alabama and Washington at Georgia Dome is $389 with a get-in price of $185. Clemson and Ohio State will clash in the Fiesta Bowl to the tune of a $241 average and $71 get-in price.

Prices are so high for this year’s game in Pasadena that they rival the 2015 National Championship Game. The first-ever Championship Game under the new College Football Playoff system, that year’s game between Ohio State and Oregon averaged a $858 ticket and $317 get-in price.

While Penn State fans, students and alumni raced to snag tickets during the general on sale, prices were quick to skyrocket on the secondary market following the school’s invitation to the Rose Bowl Game. On Saturday afternoon, several hours before the Big Ten Championship kickoff, Rose Bowl tickets were averaging under $600, marking a nearly 40 percent increase since that time. The cheapest resale ticket price has jumped more than $100 since Saturday, climbing from its $245 price tag since.