By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It’s probably safe to say that the 2012-13 La Salle Explorers provided Philadelphia sports fans with the most exciting ride of the year to this point. After a 21-win regular season, the Explorers earned one of the last at-large berths for the NCAA Tournament.
Then the fun really began.
La Salle embarked on a magical journey that included three tournament victories and took them into the “Sweet 16” before ending with a loss to Wichita State.
Most of that team is back here in 2013-14 and fans will get their first look at the Explorers on Saturday afternoon when they host Manhattan.
“We’re really excited about the season and we have great memories from last year,” La Salle head coach Dr. John Giannini tells KYW Newsradio. “But we really don’t think one year necessarily impacts the next. Whether you won or lost last year, you certainly need to refocus and you have new games and new opponents and new games to win. And what you did 12 months ago is not going to help you get that rebound or that stop. So we’re really focused, we’re excited and we’re just glad to get it going. There has been so much talk about the season, I think it’s good to finally start playing games.”