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W- NOV. 10 DELAWARE
W- NOV. 18 CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE
W- Nov. 20 at Hartford
W- NOV. 25 VILLANOVA
W - Nov.29 at Rider
W- DEC. 5 PENN STATE (AT THE PALESTRA)
W- Dec. 8 at Northeastern
L - Dec. 15 at Bucknell
W- DEC. 20 IONA
W- DEC. 22 SACRED HEART
L - Dec. 29 at Siena
L - Jan. 2 at Miami (Fla.)
W - JAN. 5 PENN


LaSalle doesn't have an especially strong sked, but every game is winnable and the Explorers should be favored in every contest except, perhaps, Villanova. Being at home, LaSalle really should be favored in that one, too.

Delaware nipped Lasalle last year at home and is perhaps the favorite for the watered-down CAA. coached by former SJU assistant Monte Ross, Delaware has a solid frontcourt and good guards. Yet this time, Lasalle returns the favor.

LaSalle follows wth wins over a mediocre C Conn State at home and Hartford on the road. Hartford, coming off a 22-loss season, is coached by yet another SJU alum in John Gallagher, but he has nine freshmen.

Then the big one. For once LaSalle can claim a superior backcourt to Villanova and the Explorers beat the Cats for the first time since ... 2001!

LaSalle, if wants to merit tournament, consideration, absolutely has to avoid a letdown and beat Rider on the road like a drum. The difference in talent is too stark to allow an upset. Incidentally, Rider is also coached by a ... St Joe's alum!

Penn State is a weak team in rebuilding mode. Explorers should handle with relative ease in the Palestra.

LaSalle's first loss will likely come on the road against Northeastern or Bucknell.

Northeastern is a young and upcoming team (14-17) with a solid backcourt and some athletic forwards. Bucknell returns almost all its key players from a 25-win team, including Mike Muscala. LaSalle beat both teams at home last season. They won't get a sweep on the road, though.

Iona only has four players returning - three of them starters, though - from a 25-win team that went to the NCAAs. Too young to beat LaSalle at home. Sacred Heart is also easy prey.

Siena rapidly improved as the season wore on and Albany is never an easy place to play. LaSalle needs to this game, and should win if it fancies itself a postseason team. I go conservative and call it a loss (A-10 suck Factor).

LaSalle has a huge chance for a signature win at Miami. Very winnable game, but I take Larranaga's discipline over DrG's laxness.

Explorers finish with arch-rival Penn and win a classic Big 5 battle.


NONCON FORECAST: 10-3

A-10 FORECAST: 10-6

OVERALL PREDICTION: 20-9
 

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LASALLE

W- NOV. 10 DELAWARE
W- NOV. 18 CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE
W- Nov. 20 at Hartford
W- NOV. 25 VILLANOVA
W - Nov.29 at Rider
W- DEC. 5 PENN STATE (AT THE PALESTRA)
W- Dec. 8 at Northeastern
L - Dec. 15 at Bucknell
W- DEC. 20 IONA
W- DEC. 22 SACRED HEART
L - Dec. 29 at Siena
L - Jan. 2 at Miami (Fla.)
W - JAN. 5 PENN


LaSalle doesn't have an especially strong sked, but every game is winnable and the Explorers should be favored in every contest except for Villanova.

Delaware nipped Lasalle last year at home and is perhaps the favorite for the watered-down CAA. coached by former SJU assistant Monte Ross, Delaware has a solid frontcourt and good guards. Yet this time, Lasalle returns the favor.

LaSalle follows wth wins over a mediocre C Conn State at home and Hartford on the road. Hartford, coming off a 22-loss season, is coached by yet another SJU alum in John Gallagher, but he has nine freshmen.

Then the big one. For once LaSalle can claim a superior backcourt to Villanova and the Explorers beat the Cats for the first time since ... 2001!

LaSalle, if wants to merit tournament, consideration, absolutely has to avoid a letdown and beat Rider on the road like a drum. The difference in talent is too stark to allow an upset. Incidentally, Rider is also coached by a ... St Joe's alum!

Penn State is a weak team in rebuilding mode. Explorers should handle with relative ease in the Palestra.

LaSalle's first loss will likely come on the road against Northeastern or Bucknell.

Northeastern is a young and upcoming team (14-17) with a solid backcourt and some athletic forwards. Bucknell returns almost all its key players from a 25-win team, including Mike Muscala. LaSalle beat both teams at home last season. They won't get a sweep on the road, though.

Iona only has four players returning - three of them starters, though - from a 25-win team that went to the NCAAs. Too young to beat LaSalle at home. Sacred Heart is also easy prey.

Siena rapidly improved as the season wore on and Albany is never an easy place to play. LaSalle needs to this game, and should win if it fancies itself a postseason team. I go conservative and call it a loss (A-10 suck Factor).

LaSalle has a huge chance for a signature win at Miami. Very winnable game, but I take Larranaga's discipline over DrG's laxness.

Explorers finish with arch-rival Penn and win a classic Big 5 battle.


NONCON FORECAST: 10-3

A-10 FORECAST: 10-6

OVERALL PREDICTION: 20-9

A lot of credit to the level of work being put in and the talent attracted by this coaching staff over the last four years. I hope the Explorers don't disappoint with results. I have moderate expectations for where the team will finish in the A10 because the league is so stacked, with the addition of two new high caliber teams. As for Villanova, they loom large. We have had them beaten down two years running and they always manage to escape us in the last minute with a narrow win, but La Salle is due one in this series. For you to put it on paper is very bold but I hope you're right!
 

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Thanks WH.

Nova is an absolute revenge game as we gave the game away last year we were well in control of. I also have us with 3 losses but we should not lose 2 from Siena and Bucknell.

Bottom line is we need another frontcourt player to step up if we want to go dancing.
 
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