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La Salle Explorers Basketball Tickets
Team: La Salle Explorers
Sport: NCAA Division I Men's Basketball
Conference: Atlantic 10
Home Arena: Tom Gola Arena
Coach: Ashley Howard
NCAA Titles: 1 1954
La Salle Explorers Basketball TicketsLa Salle is one of the most storied programs in college basketball history. While the Explorers are no longer one of the top teams in the country, they invoke a sense of nostalgia every time they suit up to play one of their Philadelphia rivals. La Salle has reached the NCAA Tournament 12 times in its history. In addition, the school is a prominent part of the Philadelphia Big 5. This intracity rivalry has stood the test of time and leads to intense basketball no matter the teams' records at the time of the game. Although there are some top national powers in Philadelphia, the Explorers manage to hold their own in the Big 5 most years and have even won 26 times against Villanova in the program's history. Grab your La Salle Explorers' basketball tickets at StubHub today.
Who are the La Salle Explorers' biggest rivals?The Explorers have two different sets of rivals. As a Philadelphia school, the Explorers play in the Big 5 and have a rivalry with St. Joseph's and the University of Pennsylvania. Since the Explorers play in the Atlantic 10, the rivalry with St. Joe's is also a conference matchup. La Salle will also play the sixth Philadelphia school, Drexel University, on occasion. It holds an 18-6 record against Drexel.
Who are some notable La Salle players throughout the program's history?One name that definitely jumps off the page for basketball fans is that of Joe Bryant, who is the father of basketball legend Kobe Bryant. Joe played for La Salle from 1971-1975 and led the team to the NCAA Tournament. Tom Gola earned entry into the Naismith Hall of Fame for his exploits on the court at La Salle before going on to a professional basketball and a political career. Lionel Simmons is the program's all-time leading scorer, and he won the National Player of the Year award.
What was the La Salle Explorers' best NCAA Tournament result?La Salle reached the NCAA Tournament Championship in back-to-back years in 1954 and 1955. The first of those games resulted in a national championship for La Salle. In recent years, La Salle won three games in the tournament as an underdog in 2013, upsetting the higher-seeded Kansas State en route to the Sweet 16.
Where do the La Salle Explorers play their home games?For many years, the Explorers were without their own home arena and were forced to play all of their home games at other venues. That changed in 1998 with the opening of the Tom Gola Center. This venue is an intimate one, seating only 3,400 for basketball. Given the limited number of La Salle Explorers' basketball tickets that are available, tickets often sell out in advance of the game.
Who is the head coach of the La Salle Explorers?The current head coach of the La Salle Explorers is Ashley Howard, who took over the job in 2018. Howard is a staple in the Philadelphia basketball scene, having played for four years at Drexel and worked as an assistant coach under Jay Wright at Villanova and previously under Dr. John Giannini at La Salle. Howard's presence has given La Salle an advantage in the always competitive market for Philadelphia's basketball talent.
What was the La Salle Explorers' record in 2018-19?Last season, the Explorers were trying to replace some big losses due to graduation. B. J. Johnson went from La Salle to the NBA and took with him his 20.8 points per game scoring average. As a result, the Explorers struggled to a 10-21 record but still managed to win eight games in the Atlantic 10.
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