Dec. 27, 2010
RUSTON, La. -
With a record of 9-5, the Louisiana Tech men's basketball team begins Western Athletic Conference play at Boise State on Wednesday at 9 p.m. CT.
The Bulldogs are coming off a 77-58 loss at Iowa, a game in which Tech had a deficit of no more than eight points until there was eight minutes remaining in the game. Junior forward Olu Ashaolu continued his stellar play with 18 points and 11 rebounds. He has eight double-doubles this season, one of the top marks in the country.
Senior guard DeAndre Brown leads Tech in scoring with 16.1 points per game and has scored at least 10 points in all but two games.
A problem for the Bulldogs this season has been turnovers as they average 17.3 per game. Their ball security will be tested on Wednesday as Boise State (7-5) enters the game ranked first in the WAC in steals with 9.7 per game. The Broncos take care of the ball as well as they are tops in the conference in turnover margin (+5.33).
Boise State is coming off an 88-79 loss at Portland, its fifth loss in its last six games. The Broncos have fared well at home this season with a 4-1 record at Taco Bell Arena. They are led by senior forward Robert Arnold who is averaging 16.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.
Louisiana Tech is 11-8 all time against Boise State. The two teams split last year's series with each team winning on the road. The last meeting resulted in a 72-59 Broncos win in Ruston on Feb. 25.
The contest can be heard live throughout the LA Tech Sports Network, including KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston) and KBYO 92.7 FM (Monroe/Farmerville).
LA Tech fans can also access the game via the internet by subscribing to LA Tech All-Access (log onto www.latechsports.com) as the audio will be streamed live.