@LATechHoops Releases 2015-16 Schedule
Sept. 16, 2015
RUSTON -- Louisiana Tech head coach Eric Konkol announced today the 2015-16 Bulldog Basketball schedule which features 17 home games, the most that will ever be played inside the Thomas Assembly Center.
In conjunction with the full schedule release is the announcement by the Conference USA office of four league games, three at home and one away, to be nationally today by Fox and CBS Sports Network.
After the lone exhibition game against Southwest Baptist, the regular season tips off on Nov. 13 versus Millsaps College in what will be the first home season opener since 2011.
"This year's schedule has taken some time to complete but we are pleased with the end result," said Konkol, who enters his first year as head coach of the Bulldogs. "We will have a record 17 home games and be prepared for C-USA play with challenging non-conference games. Andy Fox has worked on this schedule relentlessly since arriving here and has done a tremendous job."
The next game on the docket is a home matchup versus former Western Athletic Conference foe UT Arlington on Nov. 17. This is one of four games part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational.
The on-campus matchups continue for the multi-team event with road games at crosstown foe Grambling State (Nov. 21) and at Ohio State (Nov. 24). The contest against the Buckeyes will be a rematch of the 1986 NIT Final Four.
LA Tech returns home to face North Carolina Central on Nov. 27 for the first time ever before rounding out the four-game invitational at Memphis on Dec. 1.
From there, the Bulldogs open up a three-game home stand against regional opponents Jackson State, LSU-Shreveport and Louisiana-Lafayette.
Non-conference play continues at Ole Miss and at home versus Southern before the team takes a trip to Fort Myers, Florida to face Florida Gulf Coast in a battle between the Dunkin' Dogs and Dunk City before the Christmas holidays.
A four-game home stands starts on Dec. 28 against Prairie View A&M and continues into the 18-game Conference USA schedule which opens on Jan. 2 versus Southern Miss.
After hosting Old Dominion and Charlotte as well, LA Tech travels back to the state of Florida to take on FIU and Florida Atlantic.
Just like last season, the Bulldogs will face five teams twice. The first of those repeat opponents is travel partner USM which they play on Jan. 23. The month of January wraps up with games in the TAC versus UTSA (Jan. 28) and UTEP (Jan. 31), respectively.
LA Tech then makes the first of two trips to the Lone Star State to take on Rice and North Texas before returning to Ruston to host Middle Tennessee and defending C-USA Tournament champion UAB.
The Bulldogs will play four of their last six league games away from home, meeting UTSA (Feb. 18), UTEP (Feb. 20), Marshall (March 3) and WKU (March 5). Tech's final home weekend is against North Texas and Rice on Feb. 25 and 27, respectively.
All 14 teams will vie for an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament at the C-USA Tournament which will be held March 8-12 in Birmingham, Alabama.
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2015-16 SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS
The 17 home games are the most that will ever be played at LA Tech during the regular season.
Eleven of the first 16 regular season games are at home.
The Nov. 13 game versus Millsaps College will be the first season opener at home for LA Tech since 2011.
The Bulldogs will play the first two games of the season at home for the first time since 1996.
The home opener for the Bulldogs for the 2002-03 season was against Millsaps College.
LA Tech will play UT Arlington for the first time since the two teams were league foes in the Western Athletic Conference (2012-13). The two programs were also in the Southland Conference together for 14 years.
LA Tech will face off against crosstown foe Grambling State for just the third time ever. The two teams separated by less than five miles played a home-and-home series in 2008 with the Bulldogs winning both.
The matchup at Ohio State will be a rematch of the 1986 NIT Final Four in New York, New York. The Wayne Smith-led Bulldogs lost 79-66, but rebounded to win the consolation game versus Florida.
LA Tech will host in-state foe Louisiana-Lafayette on Dec. 12. In the last 50 home games, the Ragin' Cajuns are the only team to defeat the Bulldogs in the TAC (12/4/13).
There are only three teams on the 2015-16 schedule that LA Tech will face for the first time ever -- North Carolina Central, Florida Gulf Coast and Prairie View A&M.
For the fifth straight year, LA Tech will face a team from the SEC (Ole Miss).
The five C-USA teams that LA Tech will play this season are UTEP, UTSA, Rice, North Texas and Southern Miss. Rice and North Texas replace Middle Tennessee and UAB as new repeat opponents.
For the first time since joining C-USA in 2013, LA Tech will play at Florida Atlantic, FIU, Marshall and WKU.
The Bulldogs will play the Monarchs of Old Dominion for the first time ever in Ruston this season.
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