Posted Dec 12, 2005 19:15:34
Bulldogs to Host In-State Rival UL-Lafayette
Tech junior guard Jerome Richardson is averaging 7.6 points per game heading into tomorrow's contest with UL-Lafayette.
Louisiana Tech will return home to host its most familiar opponent in men's basketball history, as the Bulldogs and the UL-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns will square off in game No. 154 of the all-time series at 8 p.m. in the Thomas Assembly Center tomorrow.
Tech (4-4) and UL-Lafayette (1-4) played their first game in the Bulldogs' 1925-26 inaugural season, and 80 years later, the rivalry is still running. Tech leads the all-time series 80-73, but UL-Lafayette has won six out of the last ten games.
However, the Bulldogs have won their last six home games over the Ragin' Cajuns, including the 83-63 win in the first round of the 2001-02 NIT tournament. Tech went on to defeat Vanderbilt 83-68 in the second round before falling to Villanova 64-67 in the Sweet 16.
The Bulldogs will be looking to bounce back from their 47-63 loss at Southern University last Saturday, as junior forward Paul Millsap recorded his 48th career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Millsap is now tied with former Bulldog Randy White on the career double-doubles list, while Mike Green has the school record with 81. For the season, he is averaging 19.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game, which is seventh in the NCAA.
The Ragin' Cajuns earned their first win of the season with a 65-59 overtime win over the University of Texas-El Paso on Sunday night. UL-Lafayette dropped its first four games of the season to Southern Illinois, Tennessee, Georgia State and Charlotte, but junior guard Marcus Barksdale scored 23 points to pace the Ragin' Cajuns past UTEP.
Barksdale is third on the team in scoring with 10 points per game, while Dwayne Mitchell is first with 18.2 and Michael Southall is second with 13.3 points per game.
The Bulldogs played seven of their first eight games of the season on the road but are home for two games this week, starting with UL-Lafayette and ending with McNeese State on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Tomorrow's game will be part of a double-header with the Lady Techsters, who will take on Mississippi State at 6 p.m. Attendance for Tech students is free for all basketball games.
As a promotion for student attendance, five hundreds will be awarded to the student organization that is the biggest, loudest and most spirited through both games tomorrow night.
The game can be heard on the radio at KXKZ, 107.5 FM.