Dempsey on the La Salle game
The coach touched on issues rangning from Ryan Thompson's lack of aggressiveness to the team's so-so play over the past few weeks.
First, though, here's what he had to say about facing the Explorers:
"It's a fun game for a couple of reasons.
"One ... theres's a lot of bragging rights. They like to hold their heads high in Philly. They beat us in Philly last year. To win this one, I think would give (our players) a lot of pride in the way they're playing. You have these two Atlantic 10 teams who are coming in here to play us on campus. Those are opportunities we want to take advantage of.
"The next thing is it's a game that mimics a game that's played at the top of the MAAC. Good environment, good crowd. Those games help prepare you for the Siena game, the Niagara game, the Fairfield game -- those games where there will be a lot of intensity.
"Those Big Five teams all have proud programs, and we kind of view ourselves as an up-and-coming program that's trying to get a little more respect in the Philly area, because that's a big recruiting area for us. It helps us. It helps my staff and myself when you're in someone's living room in Philadelphia and we can say 'We beat Saint Joe's' and it gets their intention.
"More importantly, it's a big game because we don't think we've been playing well."