Techsters home; Dogs on road tonight

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North Texas at Lady Techsters

The Lady Techsters host North Texas tonight at 6 p.m. inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court. 

The contest can be heard on 97.7 FM with Kyle Roberts providing a call of the action.

Louisiana Tech (9-6, 2-3 C-USA) has alternated wins and losses in their last eight contests after dropping the season series to UTEP in El Paso last week, 72-66. 

Keiunna Walker, Salma Bates, and Amaya Brannon each reached double figures in both games last week. Walker posted a season-high 26 against Rice followed by 24 at UTEP and now sits at No. 16 on the all-time scoring list with 1,646 points. 

Brannon has hit double-figure scoring in four straight, while Bates has scored in double-figures in three of her last four.

Tech is looking to win No. 599 all-time in Ruston.

North Texas (4-10, 1-3 C-USA) comes into Ruston having picked up three of their four wins in the non-conference slate but has recorded just a 1-7 record on the road this season. After dropping their first two C-USA contests, North Texas beat WKU in Denton (84-76) before falling to Middle Tennessee in their last outing. UNT was selected fifth in the C-USA Preseason Poll. 

On the floor, UNT is led by last season’s C-USA Preseason Player of the Year, Quincy Noble. Noble, a 5-10 senior guard from McKinney, Texas, is leading C-USA in scoring at 18.2 ppg on .458 shooting, including .364 from three and .846 from the free throw line.

Wednesday’s matchup will be the 20th overall meeting between the Techsters and the Mean Green. Tech leads the overall series 15-4 and holds a 7-2 advantage in Ruston.

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Bulldogs at North Texas

The Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team returns to the Lone Star State to face North Texas tonight at 7 p.m. at The Super Pit.  It marks the fourth trip to the state of Texas for the Bulldogs this season, and the contest can be heard on 107.5 FM with Malcolm Butler and Jack Thigpen providing the call of the action.

LA Tech (10-6, 3-2) hung on for a 60-58 victory over UTEP this past Saturday in Ruston. The Bull­dogs had the lead for almost 35 minutes, building as much as a 10-point lead on three different occasions, but needed one final defensive stop at the end to split the season series with the Miners.

The win came despite the Bulldogs putting up their second fewest points of the season. Defensively, they forced 18 turnovers while generating 12 steals and eight blocks (both tying season highs). Nine different players recorded at least one steal (first time that has happened since Nov. 15, 2021 versus Jarvis Christian) while Kenny Hunter tallied a career-high four blocks.

The Bulldogs are growing accustomed to playing close games. The last three have been decided by one possession or in overtime (first time that has happened since 2020). Eight of LA Tech’s 16 games so far this season have been decided by six points or less with LA Tech going 4-4 in those contests.

North Texas (13-3, 4-1) is riding a three-game winning streak and have won eight of its last nine games. The Mean Green are currently second in the conference standings with a 4-1 mark, their only loss coming against league leader Florida Atlantic.

The Mean Green are coming off a 56-51 road victory against Middle Tennessee, a game in which they overcame a 19-point deficit to win. They held the Blue Raiders to just 16 points over the final 26 minutes of the contest.

Per usual, North Texas features one of the best defenses in the country. The Mean Green rank third in the nation in scoring defense, allow­ing just 52.9 points per game. Only twice this season has an opponent scored over 60 points against them. In four of the last five seasons, UNT has ranked in the top 20 in the country in scoring defense.

LA Tech leads the all-time series with North Texas, 28-15.  The 43 meetings is the most of any C-USA opponent for the Bulldogs who snapped their four-game losing stream to the Mean Green in the C-USA Tournament semifinals last season, winning 42-36 to advance to the championship.  It was the lowest combined scoring game in C-USA Tournament history.

If history repeats itself, LA Tech and North Texas are destined for a close game Wednesday.  Over the last five seasons, 11 of the 12 games between the two have been decided by seven points or less (and five of the 12 have been decided by two points or less).  Each team has won six games during this span. 


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