Updated Nov 5, 2002 20:46:10
Bulldogs Take On Spirit Express In Exhibition Game
The Louisiana Tech men's basketball team will get its first test of the season when the Bulldogs take on Spirit Express in an exhibition game Wednesday night at 8 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center.
The Bulldogs have run three scrimmages during the preaseason in order to prepare for the upcoming season but will have their first opportunity to challenge someone other than themselves when they take the floor Wednesday night.
Spirit Express is an exhibition team comprised of former college basketball players.
"Regardless of who Spirit Express brings in to play us, this game is strictly about us and how we operate in live action," said Louisiana Tech head coach Keith Richard.
With the opening game of the season looming against No. 7 ranked Florida on Nov. 19, Richard is hoping that this game will give him an idea about where the Bulldogs stand in this point of the preseason.
"We are always keeping an eye on our opening game against Florida," Richard said. "This type of exhibition game, playing with referees for 40 minutes, will hopefully tell us where we are at as far as preparing for our season opener."
One of the main areas of concentration for Richard and the Bulldogs is preparing for Florida's speedy transition game by implementing a hard-nosed style of defense, typical of Richard's past teams.
"We want to make sure that the base of our defense is in place," said Louisiana Tech head coach Keith Richard. "We want to be sure that our guys are sprinting down the floor, getting in a defensive position, working as hard as we have in practice."
The Bulldogs will also look to answer some questions on the offensive side of the ball with the departure of last season's top two scorers, Gerrod Henderson and Marco Cole.
"We also want to see how far advanced we are with our offense," Richard said. "With as many returning players as we have, we are hoping that we are way ahead of schedule offensively than where we were at this point last season."
The Bulldogs return five seniors and eight lettermen from last season's 22-10 squad that advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NIT.
The exhibition game will be part of a double-header, following the Lady Techsters' exhibition game against the Houston Jaguars. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.