With this win, the Hawks are in great position to secure a place in the NCAA tournament in late March. They were on Joe Lunardi's First Four Out list, but Lunardi mentioned that a win over LaSalle would bring them into Last Four In territory. This would be the Hawks' first NCAA tournament appearance since 2008. They are also looking to fix their Atlantic 10 tournament woes this season, as they haven't won an Atlantic 10 tournament game in 10 years. This year's squad is a very talented and senior heavy squad. If there was a season to end both of these droughts, this would be the season to do so.
For the Explorers, today's loss brings them to 12-12 on the season, and 4-6 in the Atlantic 10. After such a terrific ending last season, they have filed to capitalize on that success. The season isn't over yet, but their best chance to make the NCAA tournament is to win the Atlantic 10 tournament. The next few games should be used to prepare themselves for the tournament and will need to be much more prepared for their next game vs St Joe's.
SJU: Wednesday, February 19 @ Rhode Island 7pm
LaSalle: Wednesday, February 19 @ Dayton 9pm
By: Dan Goggin