Posted Feb 14, 2003 12:33:24
Two Hottest Teams In WAC To Collide as Bulldogs battle Wolf Pack
RENO, Nev. -- The two hottest teams in the Western Athletic Conference collide Saturday at the Lawlor Events Center as the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs take on the Nevada Wolf Pack in a 9:05 p.m. (cst) contest.
Both teams are riding six-game win streaks with Tech coming into the contest at 11-9 overall and 8-5 in the WAC while Nevada is 14-8 and 9-3.
"It doesn't get any better," Louisiana Tech coach Keith Richard said. "This is what college basketball is all about. We're on a roll and they're on a roll. We'll have to be at our best to have a chance."
The Bulldogs have plenty of momentum on their side after pulling off an 80-77 WAC road win at Fresno State on Thursday. The loss was Fresno's first home loss of the season and made the Bulldogs 2-3 in conference road games. Nevada stands at 6-0 in WAC home games this season and 10-1 overall with their lone Lawlor Center loss coming 82-80 at the hands of Nevada-Las Vegas.
Tech has played 11 WAC games this season decided by eight points or less. Four of the wins in Tech's current six-game streak have been decided by five points or less.
Louisiana Tech is led by senior forward Antonio Meeking, the WAC Player of the Week, who is averaging 19.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Meeking turned in a 12-point, five-rebound performance at Fresno State despite being slowed by a case of strep throat.
"I can't say enough about Antonio," Richard said. "He didn't feel well and could have had a bad game but stepped it up when we needed him. Hopefully he'll be feeling better and have a stronger game against Nevada."
Senior guard Lavelle Felton has looked strong this season for the Bulldogs and led Tech against Fresno State with 19 points, including a 4-of-5 performance from 3-point range, and six rebounds. Felton is averaging 12.9 ppg and 5.2 rpg overall and 15.4 ppg and 5.9 rpg against the WAC.
"Lavelle is playing with more and more confidence every game," Richard said. "He's doing a good job shooting the ball right now."
Nevada is coming off a 82-64 win over Southern Methodist and was led in that game by senior guard Terrance Green with 29 points. On the season, Nevada is led by sophomore forward Kirk Snyder with 15.6 ppg and 7.9 rpg and Green with 12.3 ppg.
"This is the time of year where you have to keep improving every game," Richard said. "Nevada's going to be a tough one, so we'll have to keep the roll going and play our best game of the year."