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La Salle, Wichita State Set To Clash In Unlikely Sweet 16 Battle In West Region

Posted by Washington Tucker on 3/25/2013 7:41:45 PM

The ninth-seeded Wichita State Shockers have lived up to their team name and shocked sports betting fans by eliminating the top-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs and shaking up the West region bracket. Next up is a tough opponent that has also done some bracket busting as the 13th-seeded La Salle Explorers arrive in Los Angeles after knocking off the fourth-seeded Kansas State Wildcats and SEC champions Ole Miss on the way to the Sweet 16, not to mention the play-in to get to the Final 64. One of these teams is destined for a trip to the Elite Eight in one of the most improbable matchups of the tournament thus far.

Sweet 16 - West Region
#13 La Salle Explorers vs. #9 Wichita State Shockers
Thursday March 28, 2013 – 10:17 PM ET
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
March Madness Sportsbook Line: Wichita State – 3.5

The Explorers don’t have a No. 1 on the resume of teams that they have knocked out, but that won’t limit the optimism one bit heading in to the Elite Eight. La Salle has already won three games including a First Four victory over Boise State just to get to the second round, so both teams will be playing under the “Cinderella” banner.

March Madness Betting Preview: La Salle

After blowing away the Broncos in the play-in round, the Explorers have managed to win a couple of close games thanks to some excellent play from their guards Ramon Galloway and Tyreek Duren. Those two combined for 43 points in the win over Ole Miss, with Tyrone Garland coming off the bench for another 17. La Salle shot close to 50-percent from the field, including just under 40-percent from beyond the arc in another impressive online betting victory. While Galloway has been the overall MVP so far, Garland is the one that hit the game-winning basket and all three players are capable of going off at any time.

March Madness Betting Preview: Wichita State

A big win over Pittsburgh wasn’t enough for a Wichita State that so many experts had losing in the opening round, so the Shockers decided to shock the world with a win over Gonzaga and send the top seed home. Ron Baker was on absolute fire against the Zags, shooting 4-for-6 from beyond the arc on the way to 16 points, six rebounds, and four assists to play an excellent tandem role along with Cleanthony Early, who also scored 16. A close game against a very tough opponent should only help Wichita State’s confidence going forward, and it’s hard to bet against a team that is so hot from the field.

March Madness Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

The Shockers have all of the weapons to make a run to the Elite Eight, especially if Baker continues to shoot lights out from beyond the arc. La Salle has already done so much to prove it can contend with the big boys as well, but they have played one more game than Wichita State and haven’t faced the same level of competition so far, making it that much more likely their run will end in the Sweet 16 and the Shockers will push forward under the Cinderella banner.

March Madness Betting Pick: Wichita State Shockers

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