Feb. 3, 2010
RUSTON, La. -
Western Athletic Conference co-leader Louisiana Tech hosts the conference's leading scorer Adrian Oliver and the San Jose State Spartans on Thursday at 8 p.m.
The game will be broadcast live on ESPN Regional, apart of ESPN Gameplan, and will be shown locally on Cox Sports Television.
Over the span of four days, Louisiana Tech (18-4, 6-2 WAC) will have a chance to redeem both of their losses as they face the Spartans on Thursday and play at New Mexico State on Monday.
San Jose State (12-9, 5-4 WAC) has won three of their last four games and sits in fifth place in the WAC. They are coming off a 77-58 loss at Utah State and have lost all four of their conference road games. Oliver, their sharp-shooting junior guard, erupted for a career-high 39 points in the Spartans upset of Louisiana Tech in the teams' first meeting on Jan. 21 in San Jose, Calif.
"We've got to do a great job defensively on everyone, but he (Oliver) will definitely be a focus," head coach Kerry Rupp said. "He is very clever and uses shot fakes very well. He can post up inside and can lull you to sleep with the dribble. We've got to have concentration and focus on each possession."
Oliver leads the conference in scoring and ranks seventh nationally at 22.5 a game. Over his last 13 games, he has averaged 26.2 points a game. The Bulldogs' Kyle Gibson is the second-leading scorer in the WAC at 21.6 a game, the 13th best mark in the NCAA.
LA Tech is coming off its second loss in its last three games, a 91-77 defeat to New Mexico State in front of 5,028 fans. The season-high attendance mark was the most at LA Tech in three seasons. Senior Magnum Rolle provided 27 points and 15 rebounds, but the Aggies shot 53.6 percent and led nearly the entire game.
The Bulldogs did not receive any points from the bench as it was outscored 24-0. For the season, Tech's starting five of Gibson, Rolle, Jamel Guyton, Olu Ashaolu and DeAndre Brown has accounted for 88.9 percent of the team's total points this season.
Along with the television coverage for the game, the contest can be heard live throughout the LA Tech Sports Network, including KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston), KBYO 92.7 FM (Monroe/Farmerville) and 95.7 FM (Shreveport). "The Voice of the Bulldogs" Dave Nitz will call the game as well as a 30-minute pregame and postgame show.
LA Tech fans can also access the game via the internet by subscribing to LA Tech All-Access (log onto www.latechsports.com) as the audio and video will be streamed live. Livestats are also available on the website.
Promotions: Thursday night will be Greek Night at the Thomas Assembly Center and the winner of the first-annual Greek Spirit Cup will be announced.
Bulldog Scoop: Join LA Tech Director of Basketball Operations Cody Fueger as he conducts a preview of San Jose State at 7:30 p.m. in the Waggoner Room in the Thomas Assembly Center. It is open to anyone and free to attend. Bulldog Scoop takes place 30 minutes before every home game.
For ticket information, log onto www.ticketmaster.com, www.latechsports.com or call the Tech Ticket Office at 318-257-3631.