A Record-Setting Season

Michael White has taken LA Tech basketball to new heights in just his second year as head coach
Michael White has taken LA Tech basketball to new heights in just his second year as head coach

April 2, 2013

RUSTON - After traveling approximately 20,000 miles from coast to coast while playing 22 different opponents in 14 different states, the record-setting 2012-13 basketball season came to an end for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in a second round loss in the NIT.

The four-and-a-half month stretch of basketball concluded with a 27-7 overall record, the second most wins in the program's 84-year history, and a 16-2 mark in conference that earned the `Dogs their first ever WAC regular season championship.

Head coach Michael White and the Bulldogs proved to set many more feats and records during this historic run as well.

• Had an 18-game winning streak (Dec. 17-March 2) which set a new program record and was the second longest streak of the 2012-13 college basketball season in NCAA Division I.

• Finished the regular season with a 26-5 record (.839), tied for the sixth best win/loss percentage in the country.

• Had a perfect 14-0 record at home, tying for the most home victories ever in a single season (1952-53, 1984-85).

• Earned the program's first ever No. 1 seed in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament.

• Won eight straight road games (Dec. 17-Feb. 16), a new program record.

• Ranked in the AP Top 25 poll at No. 25 for the first time in 28 years.

• Was 25-0 this season when leading with 5:00 left to play and 6-0 this season when the scoring margin was five points or less.

• Won versus Utah State in Logan, Utah for the first time ever (eight tries).

• A 70-point win over Central Baptist was the largest margin of victory for the Bulldogs ever in the Thomas Assembly Center.

• Earned a berth into the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) for the seventh time in school history and the first time since the 2005-06 season.

• Defeated a current ACC school (Florida State) for only the second time in program history. The other was versus Virginia Tech during the 1958-59 season.



• Had nine different players lead the team in scoring in at least one game this season.

Kenyon McNeail tied the program record (Johnny Miller, 1997) for most made three-pointers in a game (nine) at UTSA and broke the program record for most three-pointers attempted (15).

Kenneth Smith broke the sophomore record for most steals in a season (57).

Kenneth Smith tied the program record for most steals in a single game (7) versus Southern Miss.

Michale Kyser broke the sophomore record for most blocks in a season (92) and tied Willie Simmons (84-85) for the most ever in a single season.

Raheem Appleby scored over 500 points this season (506). Needs only 48 more points to become the 35th Bulldog to be a member of the 1,000 points club.

Raheem Appleby and Kenneth Smith were both selections to first team All-WAC.

Kenneth Smith and Michale Kyser were both named to the WAC All-Defensive Team.

Alex Hamilton was named to the WAC All-Newcomer Team.

Michael White earned WAC Coach of the Year, USBWA District VII Coach of the Year and NABC District 6 Coach of the Year.

• Averaged 3,531 fans in the Thomas Assembly Center for the season, the largest yearly attendance since the 1989-90 season.