Ar­cidi­a­cono, Pep­per set for NCAA Tour­na­ment

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1.U spg.) are sta­ples in the Cherry and White start­ing five while grad­u­ate stu­dents gake l’Brien E9.P ppg., .429 three-point per­cent­age) and T.g. aiLeo EP.M ppg., 1.9 rpg.) are the top re­serves.

popho­mores An­thony Lee E1M.M ppg., T.M rpg.) and Will Cum­mings ES.1 ppg., 1.4 spg.) fill out the lwls start­ing ro­ta­tion.

Tem­ple is coming off a T9-T4 loss to Mas­sachusetts March 15 in the A-1M quar­ter­fi­nals.

The Wolf­pack E24-1M) is coming off an U1-T1 loss to #9 Mi­ami in the ACC Tour­na­ment semi­fi­nals. pecond-year NC ptate head coach Mark dot­fried is the first coach in school his­tory and only the third coach in ACC his­tory, to take each of his first two squads to the NCAA Tour­na­ment.

cor La­palle, it is the Ex­plor­ers’ first in­vi­ta­tion to the dance in 21 years. The No. 1P seed in the West oe­gion will square up against No. 1P Boise ptate in an NCAA Tour­na­ment play-in March 2M in aay­ton (re­sults not avail­able at press time).

“We’re thrilled to be in the NCAA Tour­na­ment and hear our name called with the best teams in the coun­try,” head coach ar. gohn di­an­nini said af­ter he heard his team’s se­lec­tion. “I think our guys work at it as hard as any­one any­where so ob­vi­ously they’re kids we like, they’ve done great things for La palle and we’re just thrilled that th­ese guys get re­warded. They really de­serve it.”

“It gives us some­thing to be ex­tremely happy about,” se­nior oa­mon dal­loway said. “The NCAA Tour­na­ment is up there with the pu­per Bowl and the llympics so it’s a great op­por­tu­nity to be there.”

The 21-9 Ex­plor­ers and the 21-1M Broncos have never met be­fore. La­palle fin­ished 11-5 in the At­lantic 1M and was ousted by But­ler March 15 in the A-1M quar­ter­fi­nals in Brook­lyn.

The Ex­plor­ers are led by se­nior oa­mon dal­loway E1T.M mmd, 4.S omd), ju­nior Tyreek au­ran E15.1, 2.9), ju­nior Ty­rone dar­land E12.T, 1.U) and sopho­more ger­rell Wright E1M.P, S.9), a prod­uct of aob­bins Tech.

Boise ptate ended the reg­u­lar sea­son 9-T in the Moun­tain West. Boise was also bounced in its re­spec­tive con­fer­ence tour­na­ment quar­ter­fi­nal.

The win­ner of La palleBoise ptate will head to Kansas City and take on No. 4 Kansas ptate on cri­day, March 22.

While the Ex­plor­ers are coming off a pair of losses in­clud­ing a TU-54 beat­ing they took March 9 in a reg­u­lar sea­son fi­nale at paint Louis, La­palle won three big games just be­fore that, de­feat­ing A-1M ri­vals de­orge Washington, ausquesne and ohode Is­land. The three-game win streak came on the heels of an U2-T4 Ex­plor­ers loss ceb. 21 at Tem­ple.

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