Bulldogs and Ragin' Cajuns Meet for 161st Time

Dec. 11, 2015

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RUSTON -- Since Louisiana Tech officially started basketball in 1926 by joining the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, one constant on the schedule has almost always been in-state foe Louisiana-Lafayette.

The Last Meeting
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December 10, 2014
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Bulldogs Fall on the Road to Ragin' Cajuns
Erik McCree and Alex Hamilton combined for 52 points, but second half woes were too much to overcome for Louisiana Tech on the road as the Bulldogs fell to Louisiana-Lafayette, 94-86, on Wednesday night in the Cajundome.

For the 161st time, the Bulldogs and Ragin' Cajuns will meet on the hardwood for a 12 p.m. tipoff on Saturday inside the Thomas Assembly Center.

The matchup can be seen on the American Sports Network with Lyn Rollins and Tim Scarborough calling the action.

LA Tech (7-1) players have been dropping like flies lately with recent injury losses to Qiydar Davis and Joniah White, not to mention Merrill Holden who has yet to play a game this season.

The Bulldogs are still managing to win though, including an 82-49 victory this past Tuesday against LSU-Shreveport.

"We would like to build consistency with our lineups and the injuries have prevented that to this point," head coach Eric Konkol said. "However, our team has been flexible and each player has been ready to assume a new role. That has been a real positive and we'll continue to have a next man up mentality."

One of those `next man up' players was Dayon Griffin who got the start in place of Davis and proceeded to have a career night with 14 points and six rebounds.

Then there was Mr. Consistent Alex Hamilton who started his 90th straight game and registered a game-high 18 points. He has also been Mr. Do-It-All this season as he is one of only three players in the country to be currently averaging at least 15 points, six boards, five assists and two steals per game.

Since February of 2012, the `Dogs are 54-1 at home which is the highest winning percentage in the nation during that span. The lone loss is well-documented, coming on Dec. 4, 2013 at the hands of Louisiana-Lafayette (3-3).

The Ragin' Cajuns come in as one of the top scoring offenses in the country, averaging 91.8 points per game and having scored at least 90 points in four of the six games which includes their recent 97-64 drumming of McNeese State.

"ULL has an elite front court player and several explosive scorers," Konkol said. "They play fast and have an attacking mentality. They don't turn it over much and spend a lot of time right around the basket. When they miss, they crash the offensive boards very hard and earn extra opportunities to score."

The elite front court player is Shawn Long who has been almost unstoppable this season, averaging 19.8 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. The senior forward has scored at least 20 points in four games.

LA Tech has played Louisiana-Lafayette more than any other team in its 88 year history. The two squads have been league foes in five different conferences, the most recent one being when the Bulldogs were in the Sun Belt from 1991-2001.

The game is being dubbed as the Loyal Blue Out. The first 1000 fans in attendance will receive a free t-shirt. There will also be a teddy bear toss and the Bulldog Football team will be recognized at halftime.

Fans can access live audio of the game via the Internet by subscribing to LA Tech All-Access at LATechSports.com. The contest can be heard live on the LA Tech Sports Network on KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston) and KRMD 1340 AM (Shreveport). The "Voice of the Bulldogs" Dave Nitz will call the play-by-play and Jack Thigpen will provide analysis.

Twitter users can also receive live in-game updates by following @LATechHoops.




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