Preview: La Salle Explorers

Can the Explorers make it to another Sweet 16?

Updated: September 30, 2013, 12:18 PM ET
By Jordan Brenner | ESPN Insider

LaSalle/Kansas StateJamie Squire/Getty ImagesTyrone Garland, who averaged 13.1 points off the bench last season, will be a focal point in 2013-14.

La Salle Explorers

2012-13: 24-10 (11-5 A-10)
In-conference offense: 1.08 points per possession (5th)
In-conference defense: 0.99 points allowed per possession (4th)

It's amazing how much eight days can mean to a program's outlook. In mid-March, La Salle was staring at a First Four game and low expectations. Just over a week later, the Explorers were battling Wichita State in the Sweet 16. And now, with nearly every key member back from that squad, La Salle basketball is in the midst of a renaissance. The Explorers also come into this season with a legit shot to win the A-10 title.

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