Courtesy of LA Tech Athletic Communications
The Louisiana Tech Men’s Basketball team makes the short trip down I-20 tonight to face off against ULM inside Fant-Ewing Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. and the Warhawks will be the first of six in-state opponents that the Bulldogs will play this season.
“We have to get back to practice,” said head coach Talvin Hester. “You have to feel the pulse of your team in practice. We cannot get comfortable. We have to get locked in, learn our opponent, come out and try to accomplish the same things we did Monday on Thursday against ULM.”
The contest can be heard on KXKZ 107.5 FM with Malcolm Butler (PxP) and Jack Thigpen (Analyst) providing the call of the game.
LA Tech (1-1) reached the century mark for its first win of the season, defeating Lyon College by a final score of 100-43. The Bulldogs controlled every facet of the game, in particular the defensive end where they forced 24 turnovers and allowed the Scots to shoot just 31.3 percent from the field.
Set to see his first action as a Bulldog tonight will be Daniel Batcho who recently got his waiver approved by the NCAA to be immediately eligible.
After opening the season with a lopsided loss at top-10 ranked Houston, ULM (1-1) went all the way up to Central Michigan and defeated the Chippewas, 74-64, as part of the MAC-SBC Challenge. The Warhawks buried 10 three-pointers, including a pair during a late 9-2 spurt in the second half to pull out their first win of the season.
LA Tech and ULM gets set to face off for the 93rd time as the Bulldogs own a 56-36 advantage in the series. The two programs separated by 30 miles played every season at least twice from 1953-91 as conference rivals in the Gulf States Conference and Southland Conference.
The series did not happen again until 2008, which started a six-year run. Now, the programs have played one another in each of the last four seasons. The Bulldogs have won 10 straight over the Warhawks, including last season’s 79-58 victory inside the Thomas Assembly Center. It is the longest streak of either team in the series.