LA Tech Faces UAB in Bartow Arena
Jan. 12, 2018
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The tough road trip for Louisiana Tech continues on Saturday as they head to Birmingham to face UAB at 4 p.m. inside Bartow Arena.
The Conference USA matchup can be seen online at WatchStadium.com as well as select TV stations, including KPXJ-CW (Shreveport). Roger Tidwell and Tim Scarborough will be 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) and KRMD 100.7 FM (Shreveport) as well as on the Louisiana Tech X mobile app.
LA Tech (10-8, 1-4 C-USA) has had arguably the toughest conference schedule so far with four of the first six games coming on the road. The four road opponents, including UAB (12-5, 3-1 C-USA), are a combined 14-2 in league play.
The last opponent, Middle Tennessee, remained atop the conference standings as they pulled away in a final score of 72-57 on Thursday night in Murfreesboro.
The Bulldogs were down just two at intermission and just five with five minutes to go, but the Blue Raiders closed the game on a 13-3 run to pull out the home victory.
It was a season-low in points scored for LA Tech. DaQuan Bracey registered 16 points, playing 26 minutes while battling through a back injury, and Jacobi Boykins added 15 with four three-pointers. The senior needs only two more to set the career program record for made threes (has 223).
Bracey and Boykins continue to anchor the team in scoring with an average of 15.3 and 14.7 points per contest, respectively.
After suffering a three-point loss at home to Middle Tennessee to open up C-USA play, UAB has reeled off three straight victories over Florida Atlantic, FIU and Southern Miss with all three coming by double digits.
Four of their five starters scored in double figures in their 86-75 victory against USM this past Thursday. Those same four are averaging at least nine points per game, led by C-USA preseason selection Chris Cokley who is averaging a team-high 17.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.
The Blazers are good at multiple things, ranking in the top two in the league in field goal percentage (49.8), free throw percentage (78.0), rebounding margin (+9.0), scoring margin (+13.6), assists per game (16.9) and scoring defense (66.2).
Their field goal percentage, free throw percentage and rebounding margin also ranks in the top 20 in the country.
UAB, under the guidance of second-year head coach Rob Ehsan, was picked to finish second in the preseason poll. They are 9-1 at home this season.
UAB leads the all-time series over LA Tech, 7-4. The Blazers won the first four meetings prior to the two teams becoming league foes in C-USA. That first season in the league in 2013-14 was the first win for the Bulldogs and the only one they have had inside Bartow Arena, a place where they are 1-6.
Since becoming conference opponents, the `Dogs hold a slim 4-3 edge in the series. Two of those meetings have come in the C-USA Tournament, including last year when LA Tech prevailed 69-57 in the quarterfinals inside Legacy Arena in Birmingham.
Twitter users can follow @LATechHoops for live in-game updates.
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