I agree and as a La Salle fan I took offense to all of the pre-season hype SJU and UMass received when I knew that the Explorers were much deeper and better then both of those teams. You have to prove it on the court though.with a 20+ win season last year and returning most play aside from Pettis and white, it's not a huge surprise to see the explorer's making a run this year. Proud of their focus and ability to avoid some of the mental mistakes that had cost them last year.
I agree and as a La Salle fan I took offense to all of the pre-season hype SJU and UMass received when I knew that the Explorers were much deeper and better then both of those teams. You have to prove it on the court though.
That being said... playing on the road in the A10 is tough and it DOES MATTER the order that you play the teams. The Charlotte loss for La Salle was more of Ramon trying to do too much. Xavier game was there for the taking but do to some horrific officiating and tentative play caused by that (and Coach G's failure to take a Technical in the first half), it turned ugly. We will not see a separation of teams for another couple of weeks... but the better teams will find a way to win in the long run to the A10 Tourney.
La Salle is now getting the respect it has earned as the Best team in the city of Philadelphia...
You gotta stop claiming "blame it on officials". That is NOT what I said. I said the corrupt officiating calls were clear and caused La Salle to play tentatively as they were not allowed to be even slightly aggressive at either end of the floor. This makes players hesitate. Some games have worse officiating then others. According to my friends at LaSalle-Explorers.com, they discovered that the officials at the X game had done very little officiating this season and brought their bias' from previous seasons into the game. I am glad that specific officials are called out when they are obviously making HORRIBLE one-sided calls. I don't want them in the A10 or any high-level Division One conference. I am NOT referring to occasional home team (home cookin') foul calls either; you expect one or two but not over a half-dozen in a row. I am over that game but apparently you are not... I wanted to address your points so you know where I stand.You gotta get past this "blame it on officials" stuff. You get questionable officiating when you are the visiting team. We all know this. I went back and watched, and the 7 straight calls that you say are black and white, clearly and corruptly in favor of X--and they are NOT all that black and white. Regardless, the only thing that was horrid in that game was LaSalle's shooting. Duren and Galloway combined for 6 of 26 shooting. They are great--and they had a TERRIBLE night. LaSalle lost. The dudes avg. 32 pts a game and combined for 18--and that is 18 pts on 26 shots, which is terribly inefficient. I like the team. I like those two players. I love the victories over VCU and Butler, but can we stop making excuses. They shot poorly at X. They lost. Get over it.
You have to watch the game... look at the calls. See for yourself. Be a neutal observer and you will still not believe the outcome of the calls. The A10 has to stop using guys that the BCS conferences refuse to use. If a ref has only officiated 8 games in this season to this point then he is not someone you want officiating an important conference game. That is the bottom line. End of story.La Salle has had a slight competitive edge in talent over SJU since 2008, this is not new. As for the officiating, it is ludicrous to think that the officials stole a game for X. Good teams have to be capable of winning games no matter how inconsistently they may appear to be officiated (in the eye of the beholder). Would the game have had a different result in a different court? Maybe, but if La Salle is truly as good as it may seem to us, these are games they are going to need to stay more competitive in. Not for nothing, the Xavier and Charlotte losses may have given the Explorers a newfound edge over VCU, as they have found what it takes to withstand those home court runs that any good team will have.
First of all, it is what you have said in numerous posts since the game--whether you said it exactly in this one or not.You gotta stop claiming "blame it on officials". That is NOT what I said. ........
I am over that game but apparently you are not... I wanted to address your points so you know where I stand.