Arcidiacono, Pepper set for NCAA Tournament
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.