LA Tech Battles Middle Tennessee on CBS Sports Network
Jan. 10, 2018
RUSTON – Louisiana Tech gets ready for its second road weekend of conference play, starting with a matchup versus defending C-USA champion and preseason favorite Middle Tennessee on Thursday night at 8 p.m. CT at the Murphy Center.
The game will be nationally-televised on the CBS Sports Network with Jason Knapp and Mo Cassara calling the action.
Fans can also listen to the Voice of the Bulldogs Dave Nitz and Jack Thigpen call the game on the LA Tech Sports Network on KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston), KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield) and KRMD 100.7 FM (Shreveport) as well as on the Louisiana Tech X mobile app.
LA Tech (10-7, 1-3 CUSA) picked up its 10th victory of the season and put an end to its three-game losing skid at the same time in a 97-88 win over UTEP this past Saturday.
Down two regular starters in DaQuan Bracey and Joniah White, the Bulldogs still put up 97 points which is tied for the second most points scored in a league game since joining C-USA in 2013-14. LA Tech currently ranks third in scoring offense in the conference with an average of 80.5 points per game.
Six of the eight players who saw action scored in double figures with four of them either tying or setting a new career high – Derric Jean (20), Jy’lan Washington (19), Amorie Archibald (15) and Anthony Duruji (13).
Lone senior Jacobi Boykins was another Bulldog scoring double-digit points with 14, knocking down two three-pointers. He needs only six more to set the LA Tech career record. He also moved up to 31st on the all-time career scoring list (now has 1,158).
The sixth Bulldog in double figures was Oliver Powell who made his first career start in place of White. He ended up posting 11 points, the second most scored in a single game for the sophomore.
When LA Tech faces off against Middle Tennessee (11-4, 3-0 C-USA), it will be a battle of the two winningest teams in the league since they both joined as each squad has accumulated 55 conference wins.
The Blue Raiders will be playing at home for the first time in over a month, a stretch where they went 4-3. Three of those four victories though came to open league action, outlasting UAB, FIU and Florida Atlantic in games that were decided by five points or less.
Experience has led to MT winning a lot of those close games this season as they regularly start four seniors, led by the dynamic duo of Alabama transfer Nick King and four-year starter Giddy Potts.
King ranks second in C-USA and 11th in the country in scoring with an average of 22.9 points per game. He also leads them in rebounding with an average of 7.5 boards per contest.
Meanwhile, Potts is still deadly, especially from three-point range, where he is shooting 41 percent while averaging 13.7 points per game.
Middle Tennessee is still very solid defensively like every other year under head coach Kermit Davis who is in his 16th season with the team, ranking third in the league in scoring defense by allowing 68.1 points per game.
LA Tech has controlled much of the series, owning an 11-3 advantage with the first ever meeting taking place in 1959. The Bulldogs had won six straight before the Blue Raiders defeated them last season in Murfreesboro by a final score of 71-61.
The ‘Dogs are still in search of its first true road win of the season, a place where they are 0-4. Meanwhile, the Blue Raiders are 3-1 at home with its lone loss coming to Belmont.
Twitter users can follow @LATechHoops for live in-game updates.
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