KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ole Miss is one win away from advancing to the Sweet 16 for just the second time in school history. In order to do that, the No. 12 seed Rebels will have to defeat No. 13 La Salle Sunday night in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.Tipoff between the 27-8 Rebels and 23-9 Explorers at the Sprint Center has been set for 6:40. The game can be seen on Tru TV with Marv Albert, Steve Kerr and Craig Sager calling the action. Ole Miss won its first NCAA Tournament game since 2001 Friday with a 57-46 win over No. 5 seed Wisconsin.
La Salle, which is a member of the Atlantic 10 and based in Philadelphia, Pa., has won two games in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. The Explorers defeated Boise State 80-71 on Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio to even make it to the Kansas City Regional.
The Explorers then upset No. 4 Kansas State, 63-61, in the second game Friday to set up the matchup with the Rebels, who are a win away from securing the most wins in a single season, breaking the current tie originally set by the 2001 team led by Rahim Lockhart, Jason Flanigan and the Provine Posse.
La Salle went 11-5 in the A-10 this season and feature a four-guard lineup with three starters that average double figures. The Explorers are coached by Dr. John Giannini, who has led the program to back-to-back 20-win seasons. La Salle has some impressive wins this year, defeating Villanova 77-74 on Nov. 25, Iona 88-74 on Dec. 20, Butler 54-53 on Jan. 23 and VCU 69-61 on Jan. 26.
The Explorers also played Miami on Jan. 2, losing 76-59, out of conference before playing against other A-10 schools that made this year’s tournament, Temple and Xavier.
For more from today’s press conferences involving Ole Miss and the Explorers, check back to the NCAA Tournament blog later today. (March 23, 2013)