March 4, 2009
MOSCOW, Idaho -- Arguably the hottest team in the Western Athletic Conference, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (14-16; 6-9 WAC) will look to take their four-game winning streak into the Cowan Spectrum Thursday, March 5, for their regular season finale against the Idaho Vandals (14-14; 7-7 WAC) in a televised contest.
"It's going to be another tough road trip, and we're going against a very tough Idaho team," Tech head coach Kerry Rupp said. "They're very well coached, and they're coming off a big win (against Fresno). It's going to be a good game. We're excite about it, and we want to make sure we finish this thing out strong."
Tech is still playing for seeding in the WAC Tournament to be played next week in Reno, Nev., and can finish anywhere from eighth to fifth depending on how the rest of the conference games play out. A win against Idaho, however, would guarantee the Bulldogs would not have to participate in the play-in game against the No. 9 seed.
The Bulldogs have won four games in a row dating back to a close loss at New Mexico State Feb. 16. Since then, Tech has beaten Houston Baptist in Ruston, a Murray State team that had only lost at home once this season before the Bulldogs came to town and followed by two avenging-wins against New Mexico State and Boise State.
During that span, Louisiana Tech junior Kyle Gibson joined the 1,000 Point Club and now totals 1,033 points for his career ranking him 30th all-time in Tech's record books.
Idaho, on the other hand, has accumulated seven WAC wins this season which is more than in its previous three seasons combined. The Vandals most recently beat Fresno State 71-68 Saturday on the road.
Gibson leads all Tech scorers at 15.3 points per contest, while junior Mac Hopkins leads the Vandals at 16.6 points per game.
The game will be televised live on Cox Sports TV local channel 26 and on ESPN Plus. KXKZ 107.5 FM will be broadcasting the game on the radio with a live audio feed available at www.z1075fm.com. The pregame show will begin around 30 minutes prior to tip off.