Dogs, Blazers set for national TV audience

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Louisiana Tech reaches the halfway point of the 20-game Conference USA schedule on Thursday as they play its 10th league game in Birmingham, Alabama against UAB.

Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. at Bartow Arean. The game can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on 107.5 FM and through the LA Tech Athletics App with Malcolm Butler provide the call of the action. It can also be seen on CBS Sports Network.

LA Tech (11-9, 4-5) is coming off one of its worst offensive performances of the season, falling at home to Middle Tennessee by a final score of 68-51. The loss put the Bulldogs in a four-way tie for fifth in the conference standings.

LA Tech is set to play four of its next five league games away from home. So far, they are 1-3 in conference road games with the lone victory coming in an 88-82 overtime win at Rice. Their three road losses to UTEP, Charlotte, and North Texas in conference play have been by a combined nine points.

After coming away with a victory in Ruston over LA Tech, UAB (13-7, 4-5) dropped its next two games to Middle Tennessee and North Texas. The Blazers lost in overtime, 74-73, to the Blue Raiders on the road followed by a 63-52 home loss to the Mean Green.

After winning its first three conference games, UAB has lost five of its last six games. They have been without the reigning C-USA Player of the Year, Jordan Walker, for the last three due to a foot injury. Walker ranked second in the country in scoring at 23.8 points per game.

UAB leads the all-time series over LA Tech, 12-9, having won four straight. The Bulldogs were in position to snap their losing streak to the Blazers earlier this month, but UAB closed the game out on a 19-4 run to win it, 81-74.

LA Tech is looking to win for just the third time against UAB in Birmingham. The Bulldogs are 2-8 versus the Blazers in Bartow Arena, with the two wins coming in 2014 and 2020.

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