New and Old Faces Highlight Bulldog Basketball Schedule
Aug. 15, 2012
RUSTON - New teams in a revamped Western Athletic Conference and familiar regional matchups highlight the 2012-13 men's basketball scheduled announced today by Louisiana Tech head coach Mike White.
The Bulldogs will host two exhibition games before opening up their regular season slate just as the Tech football team does, against new SEC member Texas A&M. This game will be played in College Station on Nov. 9 as part of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.
Tech will then face UALR in the first of their 14 total home games on Nov. 14 before continuing play in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn., one of the two sub-host sites. There, the Bulldogs will face Troy, SE Missouri St. and host school UT-Chattanooga.
"The event in Chattanooga was appealing to us as it simulates a conference tournament format," said White.
After Thanksgiving, Tech will face two regional foes in UL-Monroe on Nov. 24 and Southeastern Louisiana on Nov. 28 inside the Thomas Assembly Center before heading to Atlanta on Nov. 30 to face Georgia State in a return game from the ESPN BracketBuster matchup two years ago.
Tech will stay on the road to battle another regional opponent in Northwestern State on Dec. 4. This same contest was one of the most memorable games from a year ago as Tech fans saw Raheem Appleby drain a three-pointer at the buzzer to win in double overtime 94-93.
On Dec. 8 Tech will return home to play future CUSA mate Southern Miss. Rounding out the non-conference schedule will be road contests against McNeese State on Dec. 12 and UALR on Dec. 17.
"We hope that our fan base is excited about us playing four in-state programs that are recognizable, as well as several road games that are drivable," said White.
After Christmas starts play within the newly-expanded Western Athletic Conference which makes up the bulk of the Bulldogs schedule.
"The number of conference games were increased from 14 to 18, which limited our number of non-conference options," said White. "Another exciting challenge is the uncertainty that the new WAC programs will present."
The Bulldogs will begin conference play against new WAC member Denver in Ruston on Dec. 29.
Tech will stay home to face New Mexico State on Dec. 31 whom they lost to last year in their first ever WAC Tournament Final appearance.
A three-game road trip follows as the Bulldogs take on the new WAC Texas schools in Texas-Arlington, Texas State and UTSA starting on Jan. 5.
Returning back home are games against Idaho on Jan. 17 and the other new WAC addition Seattle on Jan. 19 before hitting the road out west the following week to play San Jose State and Utah State on Jan. 24 and 26, respectively.
The Bulldogs take a conference break on Feb. 20 for a home contest versus Central Baptist.
The home portion of the schedule ends with conference games against Utah State on Feb. 28 and San Jose State on March 2. The regular season wraps up on the road at New Mexico State and Denver on March 7 and 9, respectively.
The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. will once again be the host site for the men's and women's WAC Tournament to be played March 13-16.
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