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A Look At La Salle-Wichita State

By Joseph Santoliquito

Philadelphia, PA (CBS)— These last two weeks, La Salle coach John Giannini has spent more than a few occasions hinting, cajoling and just flat out reminding people, in and outside of Philadelphia, that the Explorers are a pretty good basketball team. They were before the NCAA Tournament began.

It just took last week and the “Southwest Philly Floater” to slap the country around and get on board with what Giannini and his small, talented team already knew.

Now comes another test for La Salle, the West regional No. 13 seed, Thursday 10:15 EST at the Los Angeles’Staples Center in the Sweet 16 round against No. 9 seed Wichita State, which has also done a few things not many expected in this topsy-turvy tournament, like unseating West regional No. 1 Gonzaga.

About La Salle (24-9):

Along with Florida Gulf Coast, the Explorers have turned into the darlings of the tournament. Unlike the Eagles, La Salle has a strong possibility of reaching the Elite Eight. Florida Gulf Coast will have to wrestle mighty No. 3 seed Florida and appears the Florida Gulf Coast’s high wire act is about to get yanked.

The Explorers, meanwhile, are riding a three-game winning streak. They won their first two tournament games virtually without Tyreek Duren, their top player, not controlling the game the way he’s capable. Duren’s ability rose at crucial moments in the Explorers’ victory over Mississippi and he’s bound to have another strong game against Wichita State.

La Salle is shooting 51.6-percent during the tournament, 43.6-percent from three-point range.

Ramon Galloway has led way, averaging 21.3 points and 4.0 rebounds a game. But this tournament has also served as a coming out party for junior guard Tyrone Garland, whose driving layup with 2.5 seconds gave the Explorers the Mississippi victory and sent the playground phrase “Southwest Philly Floater” viral. Garland is scoring 13.7 points a game coming off the bench, Jerrell Wright has been impressive, averaging 14 points and Sam Mills is dropping 11 a game.

As a team, the Explorers are averaging 72.5 points a game, though are also giving up 66.2.

About Wichita State (28-8):

The Shockers are favored, but that doesn’t mean anything. They’ve lived by the trey. They blew out Pitt in their first game by 73-55 and reached the Sweet 16 with their surprising 76-70 upset over Gonzaga.

The Shockers have done it shooting 44.4-percent from the floor and were incredibly impressive from beyond the arc against Gonzaga, making 14 of 28.

Junior Cleanthony Early, a 6-8 forward, has led the way averaging 18.2 points and seven rebounds in the Shockers’ tournament victories. After him, it gets a little iffy. Malcolm Armstead blew up for 22 against Pitt, but shot 2 of 9 (1-6 from 3-point range) against Gonzaga. Ron Brown was 0-for-5 against Pitt, and Carl Hall has been steady, going 3-for-6 in each of the Shockers tournament wins.

What could happen:

La Salle gets off to another great start, as the Explorers did against Kansas State, and holds off a late charge by the Shockers. Duren is the key. If he plays the way he’s capable of playing, the way he has this whole season, and as he did against Mississippi, the Explorers will be in good shape.

The fear is Wichita State’s size. Hall and Early are each 6-8. Senior center Ehimen Orukpe is a 7-footer who apparently does little but put his arms up. But the Shockers do have more imposing size that can cut the Explorers’ drives. There is a chance Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall slows the game down, opts to go in a different direction than what’s worked so far, and tries pounding away at La Salle inside.

Here’s thinking Marshall doesn’t. La Salle wins another thriller, 83-82.

Joseph Santoliquito is a contributing sports blogger for CBS Philly.

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) -- Prosecutors have rested their case in the trial of a former Rutgers student accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate's intimate encounter with another man. Lawyers for Dharun Ravi are expected to present an investigator and several character witnesses starting Friday. They'll also have to decide whether Ravi will take the stand. If he testifies, it won't be until at least Monday. Ravi, now 20, is charged with 15 criminal counts, including invasion of privacy, bias intimidation and several crimes related to trying to cover up his actions. His roommate, 18-year-old Tyler Clementi, committed suicide on Sept. 22, 2010, just days after the alleged spying and one day after what prosecutors say was an attempt to spy on him again. Ravi is not charged with Clementi's death, though in many ways the suicide lies at the heart of the case. The prosecution has called about 20 witnesses so far in ten days of testimony. On Wednesday, they put on the witness stand a detective who interviewed Ravi on Sept. 23, 2010 after Clementi was believed dead but before Ravi was charged. Jurors saw the nearly hour-long video of the interrogation. Police asked Ravi about his use of the webcam to allegedly spy on Clementi during his romantic encounter with another man. The investigator, Michael Daniewicz, repeatedly accused Ravi of lying about details. And Ravi, for his part, agreed that he had violated his roommate's privacy by going to a friend's room and using her computer to view images from his own webcam, which he had set up to accept webchat requests automatically. Investigator: "Is it safe to say you were invading his privacy?" Ravi: "It is my room also." Investigator: "Did you violate this man's privacy?" Ravi: "Yes." He said he did not see anything graphic and turned the stream off as soon as he realized what was going on. "I didn't realize it was something so private,'' he said. "It was my room, too.'' He said he sent a Twitter post about what he saw, later, "daring'' people to videochat with him two days later during the hours when Clementi had requested the room again. But he said that he didn't mean it. "I said that sarcastically, first of all,'' he said, continuing that he did not want people to watch the feed. Jurors had heard in earlier testimony, though, that Clementi visited Ravi's Twitter page 38 times in the two days before he killed himself and saved a screenshot of that tweet. But Ravi said in the interview that he took steps to keep others from viewing the second dorm-room liaison. "And I turned off my computer,'' he said. "I put it to sleep.'' "Regardless of what I said my computer wasn't accessible,'' he said. Ravi explained that he was also joking when he texted a friend that other Rutgers students were having a "viewing party'' to watch the stream. Ravi said he wanted to protect his roommate. "I'm not trying to hero myself,'' he told the officer. Clementi's mother tried to hold back tears as the video was played for jurors in court. Ravi was arrested days after the interview and has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, saying he was using the webcam to keep an eye on his belongings. Share your thoughts in the comments section… (TM and Copyright 2012 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2012 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)