By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It was a week for the ages for La Salle.
The Explorers made a national statement by picking up impressive wins over #9 Butler and at then-#19 VCU. That raised their record to 14-5 (4-2 in the A-10) and earned them some votes in both the AP and Coaches polls. They will look to continue their surge on Wednesday when they host UMass.
“It was an absolutely great week,” La Salle head coach Dr. John Giannini tells KYW Newsradio. “But now we have UMass. There’s so many examples I could speak to that emphasizes that you absolutely have to move forward. Last year we were at 6-2 (in the A-10) after eight games, we were in first place in the A-10 – in better shape than we are right now. (We) went from first to finish fifth, and I’ve seen it happen to many other teams. And of course we have a terrific UMass team coming in now. So you really can’t enjoy it long. The accomplishments you want are season-long accomplishments, not week-long accomplishments. I told our team, if last week turns out to be the best week of our season, we’re not going to have a good year. So we have to move forward.”