Bulldogs host Blazers Saturday in C-USA showdown

Saturday’s Conference USA showdown between Louisiana Tech and UAB has all the ingredients to be one for the ages.

The Bulldogs (15-3, 6-0 C-USA) hosts the Blazers (15-4, 5-1) at 3 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center.

And if its not the biggest home game in the last decade for Tech, it definitely ranks in the top two or three. And keep in mind there have been some big ones.

It marks only the second game of the 2021-22 college basketball season that pits two teams with 15-plus wins (Kentucky at Auburn).

The Bulldogs are off to the programs best start in C-USA play and the best record through 18 games since the 2013-14 campaign.

The West Division of the Conference USA men’s basketball standings is loaded with teams. And Tech and UAB may be the top two … although North Texas and Rice may still have something to say (the Bulldogs host both the Mean Green and the Owls next week).

Tech has been nearly unbeatable at the Thomas Assembly Center, winning 55 of its last 58 games in Ruston (.948 winning percentage is the 7th highest in the country since the start of the 2018-19 season).

“We certainly want to be able to take care of our home court,” said Tech head coach Eric Konkol. “We take a lot of pride in playing at home. We feel a great connection to our community, and we never want to let them down. This three game homestand is an important one. All three are very good teams. All three are very accomplished.”

In order to keep its unbeaten C-USA record intact and protect its home court, the Bulldogs will have to find a way to beat a UAB team that

“UAB on paper analytically – and you look at all the different numbers – they are the strongest team in our league,” said Konkol. “We have to do a number of tings to compete and to play good basketball this Saturday.”

The Blazers four losses this year have come against South Carolina (66-63), San Francisco (63-61), West Virginia (65-59) and Rice (85-80).

Tech leads the all-time series 9-8 and has never lost to the Blazers in Ruston.

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