IN THE days and weeks leading to what could be his last collegiate game, La Salle's Tyreek Duren has been prodded with queries he is not yet ready to answer. Family members, friends and local newspaper reporters have been among those to pose questions with words such as "legacy" and other verbiage that indicate a conclusion is near.

"Hopefully, I'll be remembered for something good," Duren said this week, smiling. "But right now, [my focus is] just trying to get my team back to the [NCAA] Tournament and trying to get us back on this winning streak in March."

Odds are heavy that La Salle will not be one of the 68 teams to partake in March Madness this year. On the heels of a disappointing regular season, its only ticket to the Big Dance comes via four wins in four days in a conference against which it lost more than it won this winter.

Duren is well aware of the situation. But the senior point guard, soft-spoken yet confident, prefers to talk as if he still has a slew of games remaining in his collegiate career rather than answer questions about how he'll be remembered.

"A lot of people ask me about it, but I don't really try to think about it," said Duren, who leads the eighth-seeded Explorers (15-15, 7-9) into today's A-10 Tournament opener in Brooklyn against ninth-seeded St. Bonaventure (16-14, 6-10). Tipoff at the Barclays Center is noon.

"As far as my legacy, I'll worry about that when the time comes. But right now, I've still got games to play."

Statistically, Duren, a four-year starter, will finish his collegiate career among the best all-around guards in Big 5 history. Only three others to play in the Big 5 have recorded at least 1,500 points, 450 assists and 200 steals. It's an esteemed list that features Doug Overton, Jameer Nelson and Scottie Reynolds.

Duren's 1,711 career points entering today rank 14th in La Salle history - his 27 points in Sunday's upset of Saint Joseph's moving him past former All-American Ken Durrett and Tim Legler. His 226 steals rank third in school history, and his 496 assists are fourth best.

But numbers aside, the Philadelphia native and former Neumann-Goretti star will be most remembered for his part in last season's historic run to the Sweet 16. A starter in 102 consecutive games, he has been the leader of La Salle's winningest senior class in 22 years.

"I think his legacy is going to be that he was one of the best guards in school history," La Salle coach John Giannini said. "I think his legacy will be that he was one of the best players on one of the best teams in school history with last year's Sweet 16 team. We're all very disappointed that his senior year wasn't up to what we expected, but that shouldn't diminish just the effort and outstanding play that he's put in over the last four years."

Duren's senior season certainly has not gone as he envisioned it in the preseason. An early-season bout with plantar fasciitis in his right heel that was misdiagnosed as a stress fracture put his season in serious doubt - "We were a doctor's appointment away from having him sit out this year," Giannini said - and even when he was cleared, he was not the Duren of 2012-13.

Limited in terms of running and cutting - "It felt like I was running with a pencil or a rock in my shoe," he said - Duren struggled through the first 10 games of the season. Even after that, it took time to retain his normal level of quickness. The past couple months, especially recently, he's looked more like himself, although he said he still feels pain in his heel when he wakes up in the morning.

The 6-foot Duren closed out the regular season strong, scoring 16.5 points per game on 43 percent shooting over the last 17 games, a stretch during which he shot a blistering 50 percent from beyond the arc. His regular-season averages of 15.2 points, 3.5 assists, 1.7 steals and a 41.7 three-point field clip were enough to earn him second-team, all-conference honors for the second consecutive season.

"It doesn't surprise me that he's playing well right now because he's had time to get in shape and get into the flow of things over the last couple months," Giannini said. "But also because he's just such a competitor, I expect him to play great when the games are the biggest."