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La Salle Explorers men's basketball

La Salle Explorers Basketball
2015–16 La Salle Explorers men's basketball team
La Salle Explorers Basketball athletic logo
University La Salle University
Conference A-10
Location Philadelphia, PA
Head coach John Giannini (12th year)
Arena Tom Gola Arena
(Capacity: 3,400)
Nickname Explorers
Colors

Blue and Gold

            
Uniforms
Home jersey
Team colours
Team colours
Home
Away jersey
Team colours
Team colours
Away
Alternate jersey
Team colours
Team colours
Alternate
NCAA Tournament champions
1954
NCAA Tournament runner-up
1955
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1954, 1955
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1954, 1955
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1954, 1955, 2013
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
1954, 1955, 1983, 1990, 2013
NCAA Tournament appearances
1954, 1955, 1968, 1975, 1978, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 2013
Conference tournament champions
1988, 1989, 1990, 1992 (MAAC)
Conference regular season champions
1984, 1988, 1989 (MAAC)

The La Salle Explorers men's basketball program represents La Salle University in college basketball.

History

The program has been rated the 53rd "Greatest College Basketball Program of All-Time" by Street & Smith's magazine and 71st by the ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia.

La Salle has won one National Championship, one National Invitation Tournament Championship, and advanced to two Final Fours. The Explorers have also made 12 NCAA Tournament appearances, won eight Philadelphia Big 5 city championships, and four Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships. The program is one of only two schools (with Houston) to have two players in the top 25 in all-time NCAA scoring - Lionel Simmons and Michael Brooks. It's also had three National Players of the Year - only Duke University and Ohio State have had more.[1]

Postseason

NCAA tournament results

The Explorers have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 12 times. Their combined record is 14–11. They were National Champions in 1954.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1954 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
Fordham
NC State
Navy
Penn State
Bradley
W 76–74OT
W 88–81
W 64–48
W 69–54
W 92–76
1955 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
West Virginia
Princeton
Canisius
Iowa
San Francisco
W 95–61
W 73–46
W 99–64
W 73–76
L 63–77
1968 First Round Columbia L 69–83
1975 First Round Syracuse L 83–87OT
1978 First Round Villanova L 97–103
1980 #11 First Round #6 Purdue L 82–90
1983 #12 Preliminary Round
First Round
#12 Boston University
#5 VCU
W 70–58
L 67–76
1988 #13 First Round #4 Kansas State L 53–66
1989 #9 First Round #8 Louisiana Tech L 74–83
1990 #4 First Round
Second Round
#13 Southern Miss
#5 Clemson
W 79–63
L 75–79
1992 #13 First Round #4 Seton Hall L 76–78
2013 #13 First Four
Second Round
Third Round
Sweet Sixteen
#13 Boise State
#4 Kansas State
#12 Ole Miss
#9 Wichita State
W 80–71
W 63–61
W 76–74
L 58–72

NIT results

The Explorers have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) 12 times. Their combined record is 9–11. They were NIT champions in 1952.

Year Round Opponent Result
1948 Quarterfinals WKU L 61–68
1950 First Round
Quarterfinals
Arizona
Duquesne
W 72–66
L 47–49
1951 First Round Saint Louis L 61–73
1952 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
Seton Hall
St. John's
Duquesne
Dayton
W 80–76
W 51–45
W 59–46
W 75–64
1953 Quarterfinals St. John's L 74–75
1963 First Round Saint Louis L 61–63
1965 First Round Detroit L 86–93
1971 First Round Georgia Tech L 67–70
1984 First Round Pittsburgh L 91–95
1987 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
Villanova
Niagara
Illinois State
Arkansas–Little Rock
Southern Miss
W 86–84
W 89–81
W 70–50
W 92–73
L 80–84
1991 First Round Massachusetts L 90–93
2012 First Round Minnesota L 61–70

Explorers in the NBA

La Salle has an extensive history of players who played professional basketball, including:

Retired numbers

La Salle Explorers men's basketball retired jerseys
No. Player Pos. Career
15 Tom Gola SF/G 1951–55
22 Lionel Simmons SF 1986-90
32 Michael Brooks PF 1976–1980
33 Ken Durrett PF 1968–71

Coaches

Current head coach Dr. John Giannini previously coached at Rowan College, where he won the NCAA Division III national championship in 1996, and the University of Maine, where he left with the Black Bears' best winning percentage in school history.

Coaching Staff:

  • Walt Fuller
  • Horace Owens
  • Harris Adler
La Salle Explorers vs. Penn Quakers at Tom Gola Arena.
National Championship 50th Anniversary Logo.
Past Head Coaches
Name Years Won-Lost Pct.
James J. Henry 1931 15-4 .789
Thomas Conley 1932-33 28-11 .718
Leonard Tanseer 1934-41 90-59 .604
Obie O'Brien 1942-43 25-21 .543
Joe Meehan 1944-46 28-30 .483
Charles McGlone 1947-49 61-17 .782
Ken Loeffler 1950-55 145-30 .829
Jim Pollard 1956-58 48-28 .632
Dudey Moore 1959-63 79-37 .681
Bob Walters 1964-65 31-17 .646
Joe Heyer 1966-67 24-27 .471
Jim Harding 1968 20-8 .714
Tom Gola 1969-70 37-13 .740
Paul Westhead 1971-79 142-105 .575
Lefty Ervin 1980-86 119-87 .578
Speedy Morris 1987-01 238-203 .540
Billy Hahn 2002-04 38-53 .418
John Giannini 2005- 118-125 .486

Year-by-Year Records

Season Overall Record Conference Record Postseason
1931-32 15-8
1932-33 13-3
1933-34 14-3
1934-35 15-6
1935-36 4-13
1936-37 12-7
1937-38 13-6
1938-39 13-6
1939-40 12-8
1940-41 11-8
1941-42 12-11
1942-43 13-10
1943-44 8-8
1944-45 11-8
1945-46 9-14
1946-47 20-6
1947-48 20-4 NIT
1948-49 11-8 Cincinnati Invitational Tournament
1949-50 21-4 NIT
1950-51 22-7 NIT
1951-52 25-7 NIT Champions
1952-53 25-3 NIT
1954-55 26-5 NCAA Champion
1955-56 15-10 NCAA Finalist
1956-57 17-9
1957-58 16-9
1958-59 16-7
1959-60 16-6
1950-51 22-7
1960-61 15-7
1961-62 16-9
1962-63 16-8 NIT
1963-64 16-9
1964-65 15-8 NIT
1965-66 10-15
1966-67 14-12 MAC Tournament
1967-68 20-8 NCAA Tournament
1968-69 23-1 *Suspended from Postseason
1969-70 14-12
1970-71 20-7 NIT
1971-72 6-19
1972-73 15-10
1973-74 18-10 MAC Tournament
1974-75 22-7 NCAA Tournament
1975-76 11-15
1976-77 17-12 ECC Tournament
1977-78 18-12 NCAA Tournament
1978-79 15-13 ECC Tournament
1979-80 22-9 NCAA Tournament
1980-81 14-13 ECC Tournament
1981-82 16-13 ECC Tournament
1982-83 18-14 NCAA Tournament
1983-84 20-11 11-3 NIT
1984-85 15-13 8-6 MAAC Tournament
1985-86 14-14 8-6 ECC Tournament
1986-87 20-13 10-4 NIT Finalist
1987-88 24-10 14-0 NCAA Tournament
1988-89 26-6 13-1 NCAA Tournament
1989-90 30-2 16-0 NCAA Tournament
1990-91 19-10 12-4 NIT
1991-92 20-11 12-4 NCAA Tournament
1992-93 14-13 9-5 MCC Tournament
1993-94 11-16 4-6 MCC Tournament
1994-95 13-14 7-7 MCC Tournament
1995-96 6-24 3-13 A10 Tournament
1996-97 10-17 5-11 A10 Tournament
1997-98 9-18 5-11 A10 Tournament
1998-99 13-15 8-8 A10 Tournament
1999-00 11-17 5-11 A10 Tournament
2000-01 12-17 5-11 A10 Tournament
2001-02 15-17 6-10 A10 Tournament
2002-03 13-16 6-10 A10 Tournament
2003-04 10-20 5-11 A10 Tournament
2004-05 10-19 5-11 A10 Tournament
2005-06 18-10 10-6 A10 Tournament
2006-07 10-20 3-13
2007-08 15-17 8-8 A10 Tournament
2008-09 18-13 9-7 A10 Tournament
2009-10 12-18 4-12
2010-11 14-16 6-10 A10 Tournament
2011-12 21-12 9-7 NIT
2012-13 23-9 11-5 NCAA Round of 16
2013-14 15-16 7-9 A10 Tournament

References


-- Module:Hatnote -- -- -- -- This module produces hatnote links and links to related articles. It -- -- implements the and meta-templates and includes -- -- helper functions for other Lua hatnote modules. --


local libraryUtil = require('libraryUtil') local checkType = libraryUtil.checkType local mArguments -- lazily initialise Module:Arguments local yesno -- lazily initialise Module:Yesno

local p = {}


-- Helper functions


local function getArgs(frame) -- Fetches the arguments from the parent frame. Whitespace is trimmed and -- blanks are removed. mArguments = require('Module:Arguments') return mArguments.getArgs(frame, {parentOnly = true}) end

local function removeInitialColon(s) -- Removes the initial colon from a string, if present. return s:match('^:?(.*)') end

function p.findNamespaceId(link, removeColon) -- Finds the namespace id (namespace number) of a link or a pagename. This -- function will not work if the link is enclosed in double brackets. Colons -- are trimmed from the start of the link by default. To skip colon -- trimming, set the removeColon parameter to true. checkType('findNamespaceId', 1, link, 'string') checkType('findNamespaceId', 2, removeColon, 'boolean', true) if removeColon ~= false then link = removeInitialColon(link) end local namespace = link:match('^(.-):') if namespace then local nsTable = mw.site.namespaces[namespace] if nsTable then return nsTable.id end end return 0 end

function p.formatPages(...) -- Formats a list of pages using formatLink and returns it as an array. Nil -- values are not allowed. local pages = {...} local ret = {} for i, page in ipairs(pages) do ret[i] = p._formatLink(page) end return ret end

function p.formatPageTables(...) -- Takes a list of page/display tables and returns it as a list of -- formatted links. Nil values are not allowed. local pages = {...} local links = {} for i, t in ipairs(pages) do checkType('formatPageTables', i, t, 'table') local link = t[1] local display = t[2] links[i] = p._formatLink(link, display) end return links end

function p.makeWikitextError(msg, helpLink, addTrackingCategory) -- Formats an error message to be returned to wikitext. If -- addTrackingCategory is not false after being returned from -- Module:Yesno, and if we are not on a talk page, a tracking category -- is added. checkType('makeWikitextError', 1, msg, 'string') checkType('makeWikitextError', 2, helpLink, 'string', true) yesno = require('Module:Yesno') local title = mw.title.getCurrentTitle() -- Make the help link text. local helpText if helpLink then helpText = ' (help)' else helpText = end -- Make the category text. local category if not title.isTalkPage and yesno(addTrackingCategory) ~= false then category = 'Hatnote templates with errors' category = string.format( '%s:%s', mw.site.namespaces[14].name, category ) else category = end return string.format( '%s', msg, helpText, category ) end


-- Format link -- -- Makes a wikilink from the given link and display values. Links are escaped -- with colons if necessary, and links to sections are detected and displayed -- with " § " as a separator rather than the standard MediaWiki "#". Used in -- the template.


function p.formatLink(frame) local args = getArgs(frame) local link = args[1] local display = args[2] if not link then return p.makeWikitextError( 'no link specified', 'Template:Format hatnote link#Errors', args.category ) end return p._formatLink(link, display) end

function p._formatLink(link, display) -- Find whether we need to use the colon trick or not. We need to use the -- colon trick for categories and files, as otherwise category links -- categorise the page and file links display the file. checkType('_formatLink', 1, link, 'string') checkType('_formatLink', 2, display, 'string', true) link = removeInitialColon(link) local namespace = p.findNamespaceId(link, false) local colon if namespace == 6 or namespace == 14 then colon = ':' else colon = end -- Find whether a faux display value has been added with the | magic -- word. if not display then local prePipe, postPipe = link:match('^(.-)|(.*)$') link = prePipe or link display = postPipe end -- Find the display value. if not display then local page, section = link:match('^(.-)#(.*)$') if page then display = page .. ' § ' .. section end end -- Assemble the link. if display then return string.format('%s', colon, link, display) else return string.format('%s%s', colon, link) end end


-- Hatnote -- -- Produces standard hatnote text. Implements the template.


function p.hatnote(frame) local args = getArgs(frame) local s = args[1] local options = {} if not s then return p.makeWikitextError( 'no text specified', 'Template:Hatnote#Errors', args.category ) end options.extraclasses = args.extraclasses options.selfref = args.selfref return p._hatnote(s, options) end

function p._hatnote(s, options) checkType('_hatnote', 1, s, 'string') checkType('_hatnote', 2, options, 'table', true) local classes = {'hatnote'} local extraclasses = options.extraclasses local selfref = options.selfref if type(extraclasses) == 'string' then classes[#classes + 1] = extraclasses end if selfref then classes[#classes + 1] = 'selfref' end return string.format( '
%s
', table.concat(classes, ' '), s )

end

return p-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -- Module:Hatnote -- -- -- -- This module produces hatnote links and links to related articles. It -- -- implements the and meta-templates and includes -- -- helper functions for other Lua hatnote modules. --


local libraryUtil = require('libraryUtil') local checkType = libraryUtil.checkType local mArguments -- lazily initialise Module:Arguments local yesno -- lazily initialise Module:Yesno

local p = {}


-- Helper functions


local function getArgs(frame) -- Fetches the arguments from the parent frame. Whitespace is trimmed and -- blanks are removed. mArguments = require('Module:Arguments') return mArguments.getArgs(frame, {parentOnly = true}) end

local function removeInitialColon(s) -- Removes the initial colon from a string, if present. return s:match('^:?(.*)') end

function p.findNamespaceId(link, removeColon) -- Finds the namespace id (namespace number) of a link or a pagename. This -- function will not work if the link is enclosed in double brackets. Colons -- are trimmed from the start of the link by default. To skip colon -- trimming, set the removeColon parameter to true. checkType('findNamespaceId', 1, link, 'string') checkType('findNamespaceId', 2, removeColon, 'boolean', true) if removeColon ~= false then link = removeInitialColon(link) end local namespace = link:match('^(.-):') if namespace then local nsTable = mw.site.namespaces[namespace] if nsTable then return nsTable.id end end return 0 end

function p.formatPages(...) -- Formats a list of pages using formatLink and returns it as an array. Nil -- values are not allowed. local pages = {...} local ret = {} for i, page in ipairs(pages) do ret[i] = p._formatLink(page) end return ret end

function p.formatPageTables(...) -- Takes a list of page/display tables and returns it as a list of -- formatted links. Nil values are not allowed. local pages = {...} local links = {} for i, t in ipairs(pages) do checkType('formatPageTables', i, t, 'table') local link = t[1] local display = t[2] links[i] = p._formatLink(link, display) end return links end

function p.makeWikitextError(msg, helpLink, addTrackingCategory) -- Formats an error message to be returned to wikitext. If -- addTrackingCategory is not false after being returned from -- Module:Yesno, and if we are not on a talk page, a tracking category -- is added. checkType('makeWikitextError', 1, msg, 'string') checkType('makeWikitextError', 2, helpLink, 'string', true) yesno = require('Module:Yesno') local title = mw.title.getCurrentTitle() -- Make the help link text. local helpText if helpLink then helpText = ' (help)' else helpText = end -- Make the category text. local category if not title.isTalkPage and yesno(addTrackingCategory) ~= false then category = 'Hatnote templates with errors' category = string.format( '%s:%s', mw.site.namespaces[14].name, category ) else category = end return string.format( '%s', msg, helpText, category ) end


-- Format link -- -- Makes a wikilink from the given link and display values. Links are escaped -- with colons if necessary, and links to sections are detected and displayed -- with " § " as a separator rather than the standard MediaWiki "#". Used in -- the template.


function p.formatLink(frame) local args = getArgs(frame) local link = args[1] local display = args[2] if not link then return p.makeWikitextError( 'no link specified', 'Template:Format hatnote link#Errors', args.category ) end return p._formatLink(link, display) end

function p._formatLink(link, display) -- Find whether we need to use the colon trick or not. We need to use the -- colon trick for categories and files, as otherwise category links -- categorise the page and file links display the file. checkType('_formatLink', 1, link, 'string') checkType('_formatLink', 2, display, 'string', true) link = removeInitialColon(link) local namespace = p.findNamespaceId(link, false) local colon if namespace == 6 or namespace == 14 then colon = ':' else colon = end -- Find whether a faux display value has been added with the | magic -- word. if not display then local prePipe, postPipe = link:match('^(.-)|(.*)$') link = prePipe or link display = postPipe end -- Find the display value. if not display then local page, section = link:match('^(.-)#(.*)$') if page then display = page .. ' § ' .. section end end -- Assemble the link. if display then return string.format('%s', colon, link, display) else return string.format('%s%s', colon, link) end end


-- Hatnote -- -- Produces standard hatnote text. Implements the template.


function p.hatnote(frame) local args = getArgs(frame) local s = args[1] local options = {} if not s then return p.makeWikitextError( 'no text specified', 'Template:Hatnote#Errors', args.category ) end options.extraclasses = args.extraclasses options.selfref = args.selfref return p._hatnote(s, options) end

function p._hatnote(s, options) checkType('_hatnote', 1, s, 'string') checkType('_hatnote', 2, options, 'table', true) local classes = {'hatnote'} local extraclasses = options.extraclasses local selfref = options.selfref if type(extraclasses) == 'string' then classes[#classes + 1] = extraclasses end if selfref then classes[#classes + 1] = 'selfref' end return string.format( '
%s
', table.concat(classes, ' '), s )

end

return p
  1. ^ Did You Know?! :: A Few Things You Should Know About Explorer Athletics

External links

  • Official Website
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