MBB Breakdown of Non-Conference Schedule
Aug. 29, 2017
RUSTON -- A quick glance at the 2017-18 schedule for the Louisiana Tech men's basketball team and it is easy to find new opponents, new locations and new challenges to the non-conference slate.
In regards to new locations, the Bulldogs will be playing in the Cancun Challenge in Mexico, one of the most well-known basketball events of the year, during Thanksgiving week. It will mark the first time the team is traveling internationally during the regular season since 1989 when they played in the Phenix Ball in Chiba, Japan.
LA Tech will also play a second neutral site, two-day tournament right before Christmas in New Orleans, a part of the state it does not play in often.
As for true road games, the Bulldogs are only playing two (out of 13) this non-conference season at Alabama and Texas which is the fewest in 20 years.
When it comes new opponents, there are potentially three games that LA Tech will face a team it has never played before (George Mason, Evansville, Liberty and Fort Wayne).
And the new challenges come from nine of the 13 non-conference opponents having won at least 20 games in at least one of the last two seasons while only two of the 13 possible opponents won less than 14 games last season.
SEMO (Nov. 13)
The last time the Bulldogs faced the Redhawks on the hardwood, it was in Chattanooga, Tennessee at the 2012 CBS Hall of Fame Classic. LA Tech came out on top, 67-63, in route to going 3-0 in that tournament. SEMO did win the meeting prior to that which came in Ruston in 2007.
Montana State (Nov. 18)
LA Tech and Montana State have faced each other three times before with the last meeting coming almost 30 years ago in 1988.
Cancun Challenge (Nov. 21-22)
George Mason saw its season come to an end in the CBI Tournament, finishing with a 20-14 record, its first 20-win season since 2012-13. The Patriots set a new record for Atlantic 10 victories and ended the year as one of the top-20 most improved teams in the country.
The Bulldogs return All-Mountain West selections Deshon Taylor and Jaron Hopkins. It could be a rematch of the `Battle of the Bone' rivalry that existed when the two teams were conference foes in the WAC from 2001-12.
Evansville will have four seniors on its roster this upcoming year, as well as MVC All-Freshman selection Dru Smith. It would be the first meeting ever between the Bulldogs and Purple Aces.
Alabama (Nov. 29)
Alabama is currently ranked in three different preseason Top 25 polls. The Bulldogs have never defeated the Crimson Tide, losing all five meetings with the last one taking place in Tuscaloosa in 2005.
Stephen F. Austin (Dec. 6)
Stephen F. Austin is coming off an 18-win season after making the NCAA Tournament three consecutive years. The Lumberjacks look to regain their dominance in the Southland Conference and return to the Big Dance with the return of four regular starters.
Despite the two programs being less than three hours apart, this will only be the 13th meeting and the first in almost 20 years.
Jackson State (Dec. 9)
This will mark the fourth time in the last five years that LA Tech and Jackson State will face off against one another. The Bulldogs have won nine straight, the last victory coming in double overtime at the Thomas Assembly Center in 2015.
Louisiana-Lafayette (Dec. 12)
The Ragin' Cajuns won 21 games last season and return four regular starters, including two All-Sun Belt performers Frank Bartley and Bryce Washington. Louisiana-Lafayette will also have three Power 5 transfers become eligible.
Texas (Dec. 16)
Texas is ranked 24th in ESPN's Preseason Top 25 poll. This will be the fourth time LA Tech goes up against Texas in basketball. The last meeting was in Austin in the 2010-11 season opener.
New Orleans Shootout (Dec. 21-22)
The Flames return a wealth of experience in four starters, including second team All-Big South selection Ryan Kemrite. It would be the first ever meeting between LA Tech and Liberty on the basketball court.
Fort Wayne will be led by returner John Konchar who earned First Team All-Summit League honors. Just like with Liberty, this would be the first ever meeting for LA Tech versus Fort Wayne on the hardwood.
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