By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Gola Arena should be rocking on Saturday afternoon as La Salle hosts VCU in a big Atlantic 10 game.
The Explorers will be looking to bounce back after a rough trip to Olean, New York, and a 66-51 loss to St. Bonaventure on Wednesday night.
“We struggled in every way against St. Bonaventure,” La Salle head coach Dr. John Giannini tells KYW Newsradio. “They are 8-1 at home this year and, as everyone knows, everyone in the A-10 had a real good non-conference season. So it was a tough road game and we hope to play better.”
The loss dropped the Explorers to 11-7 on the season and 3-1 in the A-10.
Virginia Commonwealth has become one of the country’s top programs over the past several years. This season the Rams are 15-4 (3-1 in the A-10) and they are coming off a road win at Dayton on Wednesday.
“They are extremely talented, they are extremely deep, they are extremely athletic,” Giannini says. “They have good guards and they have good big guys. And of course, their style of play is extremely intense. They just play hard within the structure of their system. So they are going to press, they have a few different presses, they are going to really run, they are going to drive the ball at the basket, they are going to crash the offensive glass. So there success is for a lot of good reasons.”