2012-13 Bulldog Basketball Campaign Begins at Texas A&M

Sophomore guard Raheem Appleby returns as the Bulldogs leading scorer from a year ago
 
Sophomore guard Raheem Appleby returns as the Bulldogs leading scorer from a year ago
 

Nov. 8, 2012

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RUSTON, La. - The fall season has arrived which means the 2012-13 Louisiana Tech men's basketball season has arrived as well with the Bulldogs set to tip off the opener Friday night against Texas A&M in College Station, Texas at 8 p.m.

The matchup at Reed Arena will be televised live on Fox Sports Network and will be broadcast live on the LA Tech Sports Network, including KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston) and KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield) with the pregame show beginning at 7:30 p.m. Fans can also access the audio of the game via the Internet by subscribing to LA Tech All-Access at www.LATechSports.com.

This will be the first of many trips across the state line into the Texas that head coach Michael Whiteand the Bulldogs will take this season, but it'll be the first time since 2006 they have travelled to College Station.

Texas A&M took the 3-2 series lead in that contest played at the Shelby Metcalf Classic with the Bulldogs dropping the game 75-59.

Prior to that meeting, the four other times the two teams met was between 1966-1970 with the last LA Tech victory coming in a 100-84 shootout in 1969 in what was the program's 500th win.

"Friday will be a big challenge for our team, but one that we are excited about," said White entering his second season at the helm. "We'll be able to find some things out about our team very early in the season."

The Bulldogs will look to get contributions from a bunch of different guys, nine returners and four newcomers, as they have done so in the two exhibition games entering the regular season opener.


 

 

Despite going 3-for-20 from the three-point line against both Arkansas-Monticello and Southern Arkansas, LA Tech used their stifling defense to force each opponent into 20+ turnovers to gain double-digit wins.

"I do think our strength is our athleticism, our depth and hopefully our ability to wear down opponents with that depth," added White.

Sophomore forward Michale Kyserwas stellar in both contests, combining for 20 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocks in limited action.

Other key offensive producers were juniors Kenyon McNeail and Jaron Johnsonversus the Muleriders as they each came off the bench to tally 14 points.

The Billy Kennedy led Aggies are coming off a 14-18 record in his first season as their head coach. The first-year SEC member returns an experienced and big frontline with 6-foot-9 forwards Kourtney Roberson and Ray Turner.

The backcourt is led by senior guard Elston Turner who is the Aggies' top returning scorer from a year ago averaging 13.8 points per game.

"[Texas A&M] has a really good, proven scorer in Elston Turner," said White. "In addition, their two new guards are extremely fast. Coach Kennedy's teams are also always tremendous defensively."

Fans can also receive in-game updates through Twitter by following @LATechHoops.