The La Salle Explorers and the Boise St. Broncos, will battle for the final spot in the Round of 64 on Wednesday as the headline game for the night's First Four action. The LIU Blackbirds and the James Madison Dukes, fighting for a 16th seed, will get the action going for the chance to face Indiana on Friday.
Boise State will rely on a pair of sophomores, Derrick Marks and Anthony Drmic, to get by La Salle. Marks is a penetrating point guard with the ability to create for his teammates and draw contact. One of his favorite people to pass the ball to is Drmic, who is an excellent catch-and-shoot specialist. The 6'6 wing hit 39 percent from three and 54 percent from two on the year.
La Salle counters with long-range threat Ramon Galloway. The senior hit 40 percent of his threes this season and 82 percent of his free throws. He can also dish the ball out, assisting on 24 percent of his teammates' baskets while on the floor.
The winner of La Salle and Boise State moves on to face Kansas State.
LIU Brooklyn is making its third-straight trip to the NCAA tournament, and senior Jamal Olasewere has been the key player on all three of those teams. The 6'7 forward is a dominant force in the paint, hitting on 56 percent of his two-pointers and drawing nearly eight fouls per 40 minutes (third-best nationally).
James Madison will try and defend Olasewere for the first 20 minutes without its best big man. Rayshawn Goins has been suspended for the first half against LIU Brooklyn following an arrest on Sunday. Normally unselfish point guard Devon Moore may be called upon for some extra scoring to offset Goins' absence. Moore is capable. The senior is excellent at getting to the free throw stripe, where he hits 75 percent.
A printable 2013 NCAA tournament bracket can be found here. The complete schedule for the First Four is below (all times Eastern and both games on truTV):
Wednesday, Mar. 20
No. 16 LIU Brooklyn vs. No. 16 James Madison, 6:40 p.m.
No. 13 La Salle vs. No. 13 Boise State, 9:10 p.m.