Feb. 4, 2009
RENO, Nev. -- Louisiana Tech returns to the road Thursday, Feb. 5, at 9 p.m. for a WAC match with the Wolf Pack of the University of Nevada in the Lawlor Events Center.
"Every road trip in the WAC is tough," Tech head coach Kerry Rupp said. "It's a travel league; you know that going in. Our staff does a great job of staying on top of our players with strength and conditioning, practices and academics. But, ultimately, it doesn't matter where you play. You have to follow the game plan, stay the course and play together."
The Bulldogs (8-14; 2-7 WAC) lost another heart-breaker Saturday against San Jose State in the Thomas Assembly Center by a final score of 53-51. It was the second of two close losses at home over the weekend and marks the fifth of the last seven Bulldog losses that have been by five points or less.
Nevada (13-8; 6-2 WAC), on the other hand, has won six of its last seven games dating back to early January. The Wolf Pack most recently best Idaho in Moscow 69-65.
"Nevada is going to try to disrupt us. They have four or five very good guards that can cause matchup problems and will try to disrupt our offense. We're really going to need to grind them out offensively and be aggressive."
Since joining the WAC, the Bulldogs have had little luck with the Wolf Pack and have lost 12 straight to Nevada. UNR leads the all-time series with Tech 13-4, and the Bulldogs last won in the 2002-03 season.
Junior Kyle Gibson leads all Tech scorers at 13.9 points per game, while Luke Babbitt leads the Wolf Pack at 16.3 ppg. When the Bulldogs and Wolf Pack played earlier this season, Babbitt hit the game-winning three to boost Nevada on top by a final score of 67-64.
The game will be broadcast live on KXKZ 107.5 FM locally with a live audio feed also available at www.z1075fm.com.