Oct. 3, 2013
RUSTON - Chesapeake Arena in downtown Oklahoma City, Okla. is home to Kevin Durant and the NBA's Thunder, but on Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. Louisiana Tech will call it home as they square off against Oklahoma State at 1 p.m. in a nationally-televised game on ESPNU.
It will be the 78th edition of the Oklahoma City All-College Classic and will feature a doubleheader format with the Oklahoma State women taking on South Florida before the Bulldogs and Cowboys hook up on the hardwood.
"This event has an amazing history and we feel honored to be a part of it," head coach Michael White said. "In addition, I know our guys are fired up to play in Chesapeake Arena."
OK State presents a stiff challenge for LA Tech as the Cowboys were ranked as high as No. 13 in the country last season, finishing in third-place in the Big 12 standings and falling in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The game will be a battle of two very experienced squads. LA Tech returns 11 players, including four starters, off a 27-7 team who claimed a conference regular season championship and advanced to the second round of the National Invitation Tournament.
The Cowboys also return four starters, including Big 12 Player of the Year and All-American Marcus Smart.
"It's a great opportunity for our program to be able to measure our progress against one of the best teams in the country," White added."
This will not be the first time the Bulldogs have played in the world's oldest basketball tournament, predating the NCAA, NBA, NIT and NAIA events.
In 1979, legendary head coach Andy Russo's first year, LA Tech defeated Oklahoma City (79-72) and North Texas (82-74) before falling to Oklahoma.
The Bulldogs returned to the All-College Tournament in OKC in 1984 with a star-studded group that included Karl Malone, Wayne Smith and Willie Simmons.
The last time LA Tech participated in the event was in 1995 when the Bulldogs lost to Florida and Baylor.
Other all-time greats who have played in the All-College Basketball Classic include legends such as Elgin Baylor, Pete Maravich, Robert Parish and Bill Russell.
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