November Concludes for LA Tech with Matchup versus Georgia State
Nov. 29, 2012
RUSTON - The Louisiana Tech (6-1) men's basketball team shoots for their seventh straight win to wrap up a grueling month of November as they travel to Atlanta, Ga. to face Georgia State (3-3) on Friday night at 6 p.m. CT inside the GSU Sports Arena.
After lighting up the scoreboard on Wednesday night in a 99-62 win over Southeastern Louisiana, it will be only 45 hours until the Bulldogs step back onto the court for their next opponent.
The two teams situated along I-20 have met four times in the past with LA Tech coming out on top in each one. The previous meeting against the Panthers came just two years ago in Ruston as part of BracketBuster weekend when the Bulldogs took a low-scoring, 51-45 win.
Tomorrow night's contest is the return game and with a win over the Panthers, it would be only the second time in the last 20 years that LA Tech starts the season 7-1.
"[Georgia State] is in a very good Colonial Athletic Association league," said head coach Michael White. "They are very well coached by Ron Hunter. He has a good staff. They are very talented. They have veteran guards, and they are known for their mix-matching of defenses and different zones they will throw at you.
"They continue to change defenses and some of the zones are kind of hard to figure. It's a little bit unconventional and definitely something that we haven't seen yet so we've got our work cut out for us in terms of our preparation."
The Bulldogs, who average forcing 18.1 turnovers per game, will hope to pressure a Panthers squad that can be turnover prone as they averaged 14.5 per game and have a negative rebounding margin of 7.5.
At the front of that pressure will be guard Kenneth Smith who leads the team in rebounds, averaging 5.3 per game, and in steals, averaging 2.9.
Thus far this season the defense has been the spark for the offense, which was no doubt the case in LA Tech's last game against SELU when they scored 37 points off of 24 forced turnovers.
GSU began the season with two road losses at Duke and BYU, but have responded with three wins in their last four games.
The Panthers are led by their quick 5-foot-10-inch guard Devonta White who averages 15.0 points per game.
Their other two scoring threats are guard R.J. Hunter and forward Manny Atkins who average 13.2 and 12.2 points per game, respectively.
The matchup will be broadcast live on the LA Tech Sports Network, including KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston), KJVC 92.7 (Mansfield) and KTKC 92.9 (Springhill) with the pregame show beginning at 5:30 p.m. The "voice of the Bulldogs" Dave Nitz will do the play-by-play. Fans can also access live audio of the game via the Internet by subscribing to LA Tech All-Access at www.LATechSports.com.
Twitter users can also receive live in-game updates by following @LATechHoops.