Louisiana Tech (12-3) at Texas State (4-12)
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DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 10, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Strahan Coliseum (7,200) -- San Marcos, Texas.
Television: None. Home Record: LaTech 6-0, TSU 3-5. Away Record: LaTech 4-3,
TSU 0-5. Neutral Record: LaTech 2-0, TSU 1-2. Conference Record: LaTech 3-0,
TSU 0-4. Series Record: Louisiana Tech, leads 4-1.
GAME NOTES: One of two teams in the Western Athletic Conference still without
a league loss, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs try to keep their unblemished
record intact on Thursday night, as they clash with the Texas State Bobcats at
LaTech, which is visiting San Marcos for the first time, is off to a 3-0 start
in conference play which means it trails only Utah State (4-0) in the
standings at the moment. The Bulldogs took the floor most recently last
Saturday when they slipped by Texas-Arlington in a 55-52 final for their
fourth straight win, and the fifth in the last six outings overall.
Since losing the season opener to Texas A&M on the road, the Bulldogs have won
12 of their 14 outings, although those other two setbacks were against
Northwestern State and McNeese State which is somewhat surprising.
Meanwhile the Bobcats, one of the newest additions to the WAC, have found the
transition to be a formidable one thus far, coming up empty in all four league
tests. The team opened the 2012-13 campaign with encouraging wins over Fordham
and UT-Tyler, but since then has won just two more times. Most recently, the
Bobcats were sent packing by New Mexico State at the Pan American Center over
the weekend, 78-67, which means the squad has now dropped seven straight
As far as the all-time series is concerned, LaTech leads by a count of 4-1.
The lone victory for the Bobcats was a 76-70 decision way back in 1960.
Picking up 40 of their 55 points from the reserves, the Bulldogs were able to
survive against UT-Arlington the last time out, moving them to 23-8 all-time
in the series between the two programs. Alex Hamilton and Kenyon McNeail
accounted for 14 and 10 points, respectively, for LaTech, while the starting
five combined to shoot a meager 4-of-31 from the floor, the team finishing at
28.8 percent overall. The only reason the Bulldogs were able to survive was
because they forced 23 turnovers and exchanged those for 22 points. Raheem
Appleby, who shot a woeful 1-of-10 from the floor and finished with just two
points against the Mavericks, is still the leading scorer overall for LaTech
with his 15.7 ppg, but he is now shooting just 41.0 percent from the field and
a horrific 26.9 percent beyond the arc, the team connecting on only 31.7
percent out on the perimeter. However, the defense has held down the fort by
limiting the competition to just 28.4 percent success from 3-point range.
The Bobcats had their hands full with New Mexico State in the paint last
Saturday, as the Aggies not only won the rebounding battle, 36-25, but they
also outscored Texas State by a 34-14 margin in close to the basket. Joel
Wright tried to keep hope alive for the visitors as he tallied 17 points and
grabbed seven rebounds, both team-highs, but at the same time he was guilty of
five of their 10 turnovers. Deonte' Jones came off the bench to record his
second double-digit effort in league play with a career-high 15 points,
hitting 3-of-5 shots from 3-point range. Over the course of four conference
games, this is a team that is scoring only 58.0 ppg, shooting 37.6 percent
from the field, which includes a 26.8 percent showing on the outside.
Defensively, the Bobcats have allowed WAC foes to connect on 52.9 percent from
the floor, which has led to 73.8 ppg. Wright (15.5 ppg) and Jones (10.0 ppg)
are the unit's only double-digit scorers in league action.
Unless the Bobcats somehow find a way to tighten up on defense and at the same
time open up the offense a bit more, this meeting will almost certainly fall
in favor of the visitors.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Louisiana Tech 77, Texas State 61
01/10 10:32:56 ET
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