LA Tech Concludes WAC Regular Season at Denver


 

 

March 8, 2013

GameDay Central | Game Notes

RUSTON - Prior to last night's loss to New Mexico State, Louisiana Tech had only suffered three losses this season. After each of those defeats, the Bulldogs bounced back to win the next game.

LA Tech (26-4, 16-1 WAC) will look to do the same Saturday, March 9 as they conclude the WAC regular season at Denver (20-8, 15-2 WAC) in a televised contest set to begin at 6 p.m. CT at the Magness Arena.

"We better get over [the loss to New Mexico State] as quickly as possible," said head coach Michael White. "It is a very quick turn for a very structured team. We will have to be awfully sharp mentally just to give ourselves a chance."

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Six players scored at least eight points, led by guard Raheem Appleby with 12, as the all-around offensive effort by Louisiana Tech (10-3, 1-0) was enough to maintain the edge throughout most of the contest and take the WAC season opener over Denver (4-7, 0-1) by a final score of 68-60 Saturday night at the Thomas Assembly Center.

An outright conference regular season title is on the line for the Bulldogs as well as seeding in the conference tournament.

A win would clinch the No. 1 seed, but a loss would force a tiebreaker with Denver where the higher NCAA RPI following Saturday night's game would dictate the seeding between the two schools who would have identical conference records.

It has been almost two and a half months since the Bulldogs outlasted the Pioneers, 68-60 to open up WAC play in Ruston.

Denver has been cruising through the conference much the same way LA Tech has. After the loss to the `Dogs, DU put together a seven-game winning streak.

After only its second conference loss at the hands of NMSU that ended the winning stretch, the Pioneers rallied off nine straight wins that they will bring into tomorrow night's contest.

Denver is undefeated at home this season against all WAC opponents and has four players who have started all 28 games this season.

All four players also average double-figures in scoring led by 1st team All-WAC selection Chris Udofia (12.7 ppg) followed by Royce O'Neale (11.6 ppg), Brett Olson (11.0 ppg) and Chase Hallam (10.0 ppg).

 

 

The matchup pits the top-ranked offense in the Bulldogs with a scoring average of 74.2 points per game versus the top-ranked defense in the Pioneers who only allow 55.2 points per game.

The two teams also rank first and second in scoring margin, steals per game, turnover margin and assist/turnover ratio.

A top priority for the Bulldogs will be taking care of the basketball, an area they struggled in against New Mexico State by giving up 17 turnovers.

Point guards Kenneth Smith and Alex Hamilton look to rebound against the Pioneers after having a combined nine turnovers against the Aggies.

The matchup will be broadcast live on ROOT Sports with Marc Stout calling the play-by-play and Greg Lackey providing analysis.

The contest will be broadcast live on the LA Tech Sports Network as well, including KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston), KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield) and KVCL 92.1 FM (Winnfield) with the pregame show beginning at 5:30 p.m. CT. The "Voice of the Bulldogs" Dave Nitz will call the play-by-play. 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.