Bulldogs Take on Blue Raiders in Operation Sellout 2.0/White Out

Jan. 16, 2015

GameDay Central | Game Notes

RUSTON - Louisiana Tech fans plan to "White Out" the Thomas Assembly Center on Saturday evening when the Bulldogs take on Middle Tennessee at 3 p.m.

The fifth annual "White Out" game coincides this year with Operation Sellout which resulted in a TAC crowd of 7,355 last season against Marshall.

The Last Meeting
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February 27, 2014
Thomas Assembly Center (Ruston, La.)
LA Tech Defense Shines in 55-39 Win Over Middle Tennessee
With first place in Conference USA on the line, Louisiana Tech came up with a defensive performance for the ages as they defeated Middle Tennessee, 55-39, on Thursday night in front of 5,349 fans for the last game this season inside the Thomas Assembly Center.

The contest will be televised live on FSN with Mark Followill and Mike Jarvis calling the action.

LA Tech (13-4, 4-0 C-USA) carries into the game several streaks. They have won 21 straight home games, 20 straight home conference games, eight straight Conference USA games and are 6-0 in Ruston versus Middle Tennessee (10-7, 3-1 C-USA).

The Bulldogs were able to extend three of these by outlasting a hot-shooting UAB team on Thursday. With sharp shooter Raheem Appleby limited to 11 points, Alex Hamilton and Erik McCree put on a shooting clinic by combining for 46 points in the 74-71 victory.

The Blazers shot a season-best 58 percent from the field and had the advantage in most statistical categories, except for turnover margin. LA Tech forced 20 turnovers to help notch the victory.

Strong defense should be expected all around on Saturday, much like it was in the last meeting between the Bulldogs and Blue Raiders.

A year ago, LA Tech won 55-39 as Kenneth Smith broke the single game record with eight steals and Michael Kyser had a block fest with eight rejected balls.



The two teams eventually shared a C-USA regular season title with Southern Miss and Tulsa.

While the Bulldogs have had the same starting lineup all year, the Blue Raiders have started 11 different lineups including a new one on Thursday against USM which resulted in a 62-61 victory.

After opening up league play with a home loss, Middle Tennessee has registered three straight victories including a dramatic one against the Golden Eagles where Reggie Upshaw scored a game-winning lay-up in the final seconds.

MT ranks last in scoring offense in the league, averaging just 60.4 points per game, but they are second in scoring defense, allowing just 59.3 points per game. Upshaw leads the way in points, rebounds, blocks and steals.

The first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive a free White Out t-shirt as well as free jambalaya which will be available at the main entrance of the arena pregame. Free Johnny's pizza will also be available to the first 200 students.

It is also Greek Day, Scout Day and LA Tech Legends Day where all Bulldog basketball letter winners and the 1984-85 team will be honored at halftime.

Fans are also reminded that tickets for the 2015 Conference USA basketball tournament which will be hosted by UAB in Birmingham (March 11-14) are on sale for $180 which includes tickets to every game (both men's and women's sessions). To purchase your tickets to the tournament or to any Louisiana Tech basketball home game, call the Tech Ticket Office at 318-257-3631, email techtickets@latech.edu or online HERE.

Live audio of the game is available via the Internet by subscribing to LA Tech All-Access at LATechSports.com. The contest can be heard live on the LA Tech Sports Network on KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston) and KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield). The "Voice of the Bulldogs" Dave Nitz will call the play-by-play while Jack Thigpen provides analysis.

Twitter users can receive live in-game updates by following @LATechHoops.


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