Bulldogs Crack the AP Top 25

Feb. 25, 2013

RUSTON - For the first time since a 13-week stretch run during the 1984-85 season, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs cracked the Associate Press Top 25 coming in at 25th in their latest poll release on Monday.

LA Tech is coming off a 118-48 defeat of non-conference opponent Central Baptist this past Wednesday to improve to 24-3 on the season and extend its winning streak to 16 games, the longest winning streak in program history.

The Bulldogs gained six more points to bump their total to 54 from a week ago, enough to slide into the top 25 for the first time in 28 years.

Legendary Bulldog Karl Maloneled the 1984-85 team to the school's first ever top 25 ranking, checking in at No. 20 on Dec. 18, 1984 after opening the season 9-0 which included a win over then No. 6 ranked Louisville.

Malone and the Dunkin `Dogs continued to climb in the national rankings that season, reaching as high as No. 7 prior to their run to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.

Gonzaga, No. 2 this week, at that time had a point guard named John Stockton. The two players went on to become one of the greatest combinations in NBA history with the Utah Jazz, were members of the Dream Team and both were inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

LA Tech also doubled their point total from 12 to 24 in the USA Today/Coaches Top 25 poll, slotting them at No. 29.

The AP Top 25 College Basketball Poll is compiled from votes by 65 sportswriters and broadcasters from across the nation.

The USA Today Sports Board of Coaches is made up of 31 head coaches at Division I institutions. All are members of the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Louisiana Tech returns to WAC action when it hosts Utah State on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in a nationally televised contest inside the Thomas Assembly Center.

For complete coverage of LA Tech Men's Basketball, please follow @LATechHoops on Twitter or visit the official home of Louisiana Tech Athletics at www.LATechSports.com.

Information from the Associated Press contributed to this story




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