Feb. 19, 2013
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech will take a break from WAC action Wednesday night as the Bulldogs are set to take on Central Baptist with a tipoff time of 7:00 p.m. inside the Thomas Assembly Center.
LA Tech (23-3, 14-0 WAC) will be trying to make program history by doing something that has never been done in the 84 seasons of Bulldog basketball and that is win 16 straight games.
The `Dogs have not lost since Dec. 12 with the winning streak starting just before Christmas break with a non-conference victory at UALR and continuing through 14 wins in WAC play.
The streak is also tied for the third longest active winning streak in the country behind only Akron (17) and Memphis (16).
Over this stretch run, LA Tech has had eight different players lead the team in scoring and the defense has been just as impressive as it was to start the season.
In the first 11 games of the season, the Bulldog defense allowed an average of 63.7 points per game with a three-point percentage defense of 31.1. During the winning streak, the defense has only allowed 61.5 points per game with a three-point percentage defense of 27.6.
With head coach Michael White having 11 guys averaging double-figure minutes and any one player leading the team in scoring on any given night, he hopes to create even more depth and confidence with his roster when they take on Central Baptist.
"We hope to have a tune-up, and have an opportunity to play someone else other than each other knowing that we don't play for another eight days," said White about playing the non-conference game. "It's important to play somebody this week. Hopefully we can improve in some areas and find some confidence with a couple guys in terms of a shooting rhythm, and get a few guys a few added minutes they wouldn't normally get."
Central Baptist (6-23, 2-14 MCAC) is located in Conway, Ark. and participates in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
CBC opened the season 3-6, but then went on a 12-game losing streak before winning at home against Waldorf (Iowa) in overtime, 83-78.
The Mustangs most recent contest came in a non-conference matchup against the University of New Orleans where they fell 100-59.
Spanning five years, LA Tech is 30-0 in non-conference home games, having not lost in the TAC to a non-conference opponent since Dec. 11, 2007.
The contest will be broadcast live on the LA Tech Sports Network, including KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston), KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield) and KTKC 92.9 (Springhill) with the pregame show beginning at 6:30 p.m. CT. The "Voice of the Bulldogs" Dave Nitz will call the play-by-play while Jack Thigpen will provide analysis. Fans can also access live video and audio of the game via the Internet by subscribing to LA Tech All-Access at www.LATechSports.com.
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