QUICK TURN FOR BULLDOGS WHO FACE MONARCHS ON SATURDAY
Feb. 21, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. - Louisiana Tech aims to shake off its recent loss when they travel to the state of Virginia to take on Old Dominion on Saturday night at 6 p.m. CT inside the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
For the second straight game, LA Tech (21-6, 9-3 C-USA) will face a team it has never played before, but the result will need to be different for the Bulldogs to stay in the mix for a shot at the Conference USA regular season title and the coveted double bye in the tournament with a top four finish.
The combination of cold perimeter shooting against a 40-minute zone and not being able to generate points off turnovers proved to be a perfect storm in dropping the contest at ECU.
On a positive note, when the Bulldogs have suffered a loss this season, they always bounce back with a decisive win of an average scoring margin of 23 points.
The last C-USA road trip saw the `Dogs fall in the first road game at UTEP, but the quick two-day turn resulted in a 15-point defeat of UTSA in San Antonio.
A strong candidate for the Sixth Man award, Kenyon McNeail, was a big key to the last bounce back win and will need to be against the Monarchs as well.
McNeail has come off the bench to lead the team in scoring the past three games, including a 20-point performance against the Pirates that was almost enough to put LA Tech over the top.
In conference only games, the senior guard is averaging 12.8 points per game.
Old Dominion (13-14, 7-5 C-USA) finished 2012-13 with a disappointing 2-25 record and then in came new head coach Jeff Jones and his 21 years of coaching experience at Virginia and American where he led his teams to nine postseason appearances and finished as American's all-time winningest coach.
The Monarchs are already one of the most improved teams in the country as they currently sit in sixth place in the C-USA standings.
Most recently, ODU used a late 10-2 run to rally past Rice for a 55-51 victory. Forward Richard Ross led the team with 18 points while team-leading scorer Aaron Bacote added 13.
The Monarchs rank last in the league in scoring offense (63.1), but they do not give up many points either (64.9) despite being very guard-oriented.
The contest can be heard live on the LA Tech Sports Network on KXKZ 107.5 FM and KJVC 92.7 FM. The "Voice of the Bulldogs" Dave Nitz will have the call with pregame starting at 5:30 p.m. CT. as fans can also access live audio of the game via the Internet by subscribing to LA Tech All-Access at www.LATechSports.com.
Twitter users can also receive live in-game updates by following @LATechHoops.
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