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Thursday 2/28/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




UTAH ST (19 - 7) at LOUISIANA TECH (24 - 3)
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Thursday, 2/28/2013 8:00 PM
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UTAH ST - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games19-7+7.711-111-069.332.047.7%37.162.729.141.0%28.1
Road Games7-3+66-20-068.531.051.2%34.461.627.941.6%25.6
Last 5 Games3-2+14-11-068.833.048.9%38.661.830.237.3%29.2
Conference Games9-5+2.45-81-067.129.946.0%36.461.627.741.8%28.7
UTAH ST Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)69.332.025-5247.7%6-1536.7%14-2071.0%371115165134
vs opponents surrendering6731.224-5543.2%6-1834.0%14-1970.6%34913177143
Team Stats (Road Games)68.531.026-5051.2%6-1639.4%11-1668.8%34812165152
Stats Against (All Games)62.729.122-5541.0%7-2132.8%11-1667.4%28814187103
vs opponents averaging67.331.924-5543.5%6-1934.0%13-1969.4%34913187133
Stats Against (Road Games)61.627.922-5341.6%6-2030.9%11-1670.1%26711168103

LOUISIANA TECH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games24-3+1814-80-173.834.441.0%39.361.928.839.4%38.3
Home Games12-0+76-40-078.435.242.5%39.758.927.237.2%38.7
Last 5 Games5-0+22-20-081.437.042.6%
Conference Games14-0+128-50-070.632.639.7%37.660.628.039.5%38.0
LOUISIANA TECH Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)73.834.425-6241.0%8-2432.3%15-2270.6%391214189125
vs opponents surrendering6932.724-5643.2%7-2033.8%14-2069.0%351013187144
Team Stats (Home Games)78.435.226-6242.5%8-2432.2%18-2572.1%4011151811125
Stats Against (All Games)61.928.822-5739.4%5-1628.4%13-2064.2%381010196183
vs opponents averaging66.831.424-5642.4%6-1833.7%13-2067.6%351013187153
Stats Against (Home Games)58.927.221-5737.2%4-1724.6%12-2061.4%391010216203
Average power rating of opponents played: UTAH ST 68.3,  LOUISIANA TECH 69
UTAH ST - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/11/2013SAN JOSE ST66-60W-11L -21-4447.7%331323-6435.9%326
1/17/2013@ NEW MEXICO ST51-64L4L -22-5639.3%261426-4557.8%3314
1/19/2013@ DENVER57-68L10L -16-3447.1%271526-4656.5%173
1/24/2013TX-ARLINGTON68-74L-7.5L -20-5536.4%411722-5540.0%3610
1/26/2013LOUISIANA TECH48-51L2.5L -15-5527.3%501119-5733.3%314
1/31/2013@ IDAHO77-67W4.5W -28-4759.6%271125-4753.2%169
2/2/2013@ SEATTLE68-46W2W -25-5347.2%441718-5831.0%2510
2/8/2013@ SAN JOSE ST63-36W-5.5W -27-5251.9%381113-4926.5%248
2/14/2013DENVER60-63L2.5L -23-4748.9%361322-4746.8%197
2/16/2013NEW MEXICO ST73-69W-1.5W123.5O28-5947.5%401126-6440.6%356
2/19/2013@ BYU68-70L11.5W -23-5244.2%391819-5435.2%3312
2/23/2013ILLINOIS ST80-71W1W -29-5651.8%401224-6536.9%3511
2/28/2013@ LOUISIANA TECH              
3/2/2013@ TX-ARLINGTON              
3/7/2013TEXAS ST              
3/9/2013TX-SAN ANTONIO              

LOUISIANA TECH - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/10/2013@ TEXAS ST84-67W-8W -32-7542.7%541327-6243.5%3212
1/12/2013@ TX-SAN ANTONIO73-71W-8L -26-5547.3%291322-5440.7%3213
1/17/2013IDAHO72-66W-9.5L -27-6740.3%291024-5246.2%4223
1/19/2013SEATTLE78-71W-12.5L -21-5836.2%391927-6740.3%4624
1/24/2013@ SAN JOSE ST74-54W-6.5W -28-6443.7%401320-5040.0%2517
1/26/2013@ UTAH ST51-48W-2.5W -19-5733.3%31415-5527.3%5011
2/2/2013TX-ARLINGTON64-51W-9.5W -18-4936.7%351318-5036.0%3920
2/7/2013TX-SAN ANTONIO74-49W-15.5W -25-6936.2%531316-5429.6%3618
2/9/2013TEXAS ST84-69W-17.5L -29-6544.6%461724-6238.7%3317
2/14/2013@ SEATTLE64-58W-7L -22-5837.9%341223-5046.0%3623
2/16/2013@ IDAHO67-61W-4W -23-5740.4%341121-5141.2%3715
2/20/2013CENTRAL BAPTIST118-48W - -47-9450.0%681018-7225.0%3720
2/28/2013UTAH ST              
3/2/2013SAN JOSE ST              
3/7/2013@ NEW MEXICO ST              
3/9/2013@ DENVER              
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREVIEW (UTAH ST-LOUISIANA TECH) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Utah St.-Louisiana Tech Preview* =================================

Utah State (19-7) at Louisiana Tech (24-3), 8:00 p.m. EDT

(AP) - The last time Louisiana Tech was this good, Karl Malone patrolled the courts on the university's Ruston campus.

Second-year coach Michael White might not have a leading man like Malone on his roster, but the program is back among the nation's best thanks to an ensemble cast that hasn't lost in more than two months.

Louisiana Tech moved into the Top 25 on Monday for the first time since a 13-week run during the 1984-85 season, edging Colorado State for the No. 25 spot. The Bulldogs (24-3, 14-0 Western Athletic Conference) are on a 16-game winning streak and haven't lost since an 80-72 defeat at McNeese State on Dec. 12.

Louisiana Tech has two home games this week to bask in its newfound popularity - on Thursday against Utah State (19-7, 9-5) and Saturday against San Jose State.

"It's crazy to think about how long it's been," said White, 35. "It's a neat accomplishment. Our kids are excited about it. But does it make us any better on Thursday against Utah State? No. We need to handle this correctly."

Malone was the unquestioned superstar for the Bulldogs when they advanced to the NCAA's round of 16 in 1985. White has put together the program's current run with a deep team that's led by guard Raheem Appleby, who scores a team-high 14.7 points per game.

Appleby said White's subtle leadership and trust in his players has led to success. The Bulldogs often use 11 players in the regular rotation each game, employing a high-energy approach that has worn opponents down.

"We don't have 100 offensive sets or slow the ball down very often," Appleby said. "We're built to score in transition and that's why we don't really have any stars. Our offense doesn't go through any one person, we just get it out on the break and make things happen."

White has built Louisiana Tech's program quickly since coming to Ruston in 2011. The Bulldogs finished 18-16 last season, including a 6-8 mark in the WAC, but made a conference tournament run to the finals before losing to New Mexico State. That late-season success was an indication of things to come.

"We've got a good group of guys who have sold out to defending," White said. "We're offensively challenged at times. On nights we make jump shots, we're pretty good. Some nights we're just glad to get off the court one point better than the other team."

Louisiana Tech is trying to make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1991.

The Bulldogs might have to win the WAC tournament to assure a spot in the field. They're No. 52 in the NCAA's most recent RPI rankings and have not played a particularly difficult schedule.

White said his team's focus is just winning more games and earning the No. 1 seed in the WAC tournament.

"This (national ranking) is really just another hurdle," White said. "It's another obstacle that could deter focus or it could provide more encouragement about reminding us about how we've got to keep improving."

Louisiana Tech leads second-place Denver by two games in the loss column with four games remaining in the regular season, including the finale at Denver on March 9. That's why it could be key for the Bulldogs to take care of business at home this week.

Utah State is certainly no pushover, having won six straight in this series before narrow defeats in the last two meetings.

Louisiana Tech beat the Aggies 72-70 in the WAC tournament last year, then won 51-48 at Utah State on Jan. 26. Brandon Gibson led the Bulldogs with 20 points and Appleby hit a key 3-pointer late as the Aggies shot a season-low 27.3 percent.

"We're quite a bit better offensively, but they're on their home court and they're going to play better than they did here," Aggies coach Stew Morrill said. "It's going to take an awfully good effort to keep ourselves in the ball game."

Louisiana Tech has won 16 straight at home, including all 12 this season.

Utah State, still playing without leading scorer Preston Medlin (broken wrist), is coming off an 80-71 home win over Illinois State. Center Jarred Shaw had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and he's scoring 18.6 per game on 61.7 percent shooting in his last eight.

Shaw had a game-high 21 points along with 14 boards in the first meeting with the Bulldogs.

This is the last regular-season matchup between these schools as conference rivals. Utah State is going to the Mountain West next season while Louisiana Tech is set to join Conference USA.

Last Updated: 4/25/2018 10:51:45 PM EST

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