Parity, when participating teams have roughly equivalent levels of talent. In such a league, the “best” team is not significantly better than the “worst” team. This leads to more competitive contests where the winner cannot be easily predicted in advance. This year college basketball is filled with parity and it’s anyone’s ball game come March Madness. Here are five unlikely teams that could run through March Madness.
La Salle Explorers: 16-6, 6-3 (A10)
Led by Ramon Galloway and his 17.1 PPG, the Explorers are looking to erase a 20-year absence from the NCAA tournament and they might just do it. With solid wins over Villanova, Richmond, a ranked VCU team and conference leading Butler, La Salle ranks 34th in RPI. La Salle hadn’t defeated ranked teams consecutively since the 1952 NIT tournament.
They are projected to win five of their last seven games and still have a shot at winning the A10 outright.
“If you think we’re surprised, you’re nuts,” La Salle coach Dr. John Giannini said after the VCU win. “You know nothing about our program and our players if you think we’re surprised about winning against a good team. We don’t care what anyone says or writes. We don’t read articles.... Read more