Sunday, December 14, 2008

Exploring La Salle

Foe: La Salle (4-3)

Recent History
: Villanova is 31-26 all-time versus Big 5 opponent La Salle. Nova has won the past six games between the teams. Last year Nova was led by great guard play from Reynolds (19 pts) and Fisher (18 pts), as well as a double-double (12-12) from Dante Cunningham to defeat La Salle 71-58 in the Pavilion. The Explorers are led this year by a trio of juniors: Rodney Green (13.9 ppg), Kimmani Barrett (12.6 ppg), and Yves Mekongo Mbala (11.3 ppg).

Notable Win: 75-70 vs. Valparaiso

Notable Loss
: 89-81 vs. #2 UConn

Famous Alumni: Rasual Butler, Joe "Kobe's dad" Bryant, Tom Gola, Tim Legler, Bill Raftery, A.J. Dualerio

Fun Facts:
  • Their nickname derives from a sportswriter mistakenly thinking the school was named after the French explorer Sieur de La Salle, while it is actually named after St. Jean Baptiste de La Salle.
  • Won NCAA Championship in 1954.
  • La Salle has had 3 National Players of the Year, second only to Duke's 7.

Complimentary Youtube Video:

I love La Salle because of the academy award-worthy acting in their commercials.
... and I love La Salle because they are an automatic win every year.

Final Verdict: This is only Villanova's second road game of the season, with both being played in Philadelphia. La Salle is improving, but they should be no match for Nova as the Wildcats move to 3-0 in the Big 5 and 10-1 overall.

TV: ESPNU, 7:00 PM

Links: Official, La Salle, AP, VBTN,

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