RUSTON – Louisiana Tech will make its third trip to the state of Texas on Thursday as they battle against UTSA at 6 p.m. inside the Convocation Center.
The matchup will be televised on ESPNU and carried online through the Watch ESPN platform, with Pat O’Keefe and King McClure calling the action. Fans can also listen to Dave Nitz call the game on KXKZ 107.5 FM, KOKA 93.3 FM/980 AM and KJVC 92.7 FM, as well as on the LA Tech Athletics app.
LA Tech (11-3, 2-0 C-USA) extended its winning streak to five this past Saturday by overpowering Southern Miss again, winning 78-50 in Ruston.
3-pointers and Points off of Turnovers
The Bulldogs forced 21 turnovers and cashed those in for 27 points. And, they limited the Golden Eagles to 50 points or less for the second time. It was the 10th time this season that La. Tech forced 15+ turnovers.
As a team, LA Tech hit 12 three-pointers and got 37 points from its bench. Twenty of those points and four of those made threes came from Kalob Ledoux. He now leads the team in scoring average at 13.1 points per contest.
But It’s still scoring by committee, as six other players are averaging at least eight points per game. DaQuan Bracey (12.6), Amorie Archibald (11.9), JaColby Pemberton (8.7), Derric Jean (8.4), Isaiah Crawford (8.4) and Mubarak Muhammed (8.2).
The ‘Dogs were one of only two C-USA squads to win on the road in week one of conference action.
As a team, they are currently ranked No. 1 in the league in scoring defense, allowing just 59.6 points per game. La. Tech ranks No. 1 in field goal percentage defense, giving up just 37.4 percent. Both rankings are in the top 20 nationally.
This defense will be needed against one of the top offenses in the league in UTSA (6-9, 0-2 C-USA). The Roadrunners, picked second in the preseason poll, rank fourth in the conference and 68th in the country in scoring offense, averaging 77.1 points per game.
Crashing the Boards
UTSA has taken 425 three-point attempts this season, which ranks 20th in the country. And, they also rebound the basketball very well, averaging 40.6 boards per game which is tops in the league.
UTSA, who is 5-1 at home this season, is coming off two losses at Florida Atlantic and FIU to open up conference play. They lost by 15 to the Owls, and they were leading late against the Panthers but ended up losing 90-83 in overtime.
The team is spearheaded by Jhivvan Jackson who is a two-time All C-USA selection. He is currently averaging 25.3 points per game, which is the second-most in the nation.
LA Tech holds a 12-5 lead in the series against UTSA, but the Roadrunners have won three of the last five meetings. The Bulldogs won the lone contest last season in Ruston, 72-67.
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