Seattle (6-10) at Louisiana Tech (15-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 19, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Thomas Assembly Center (8,000) -- Ruston, Louisiana. Television: None. Home Record: Seattle 4-6, LaTech 7-0. Away Record: Seattle 2-4, LaTech 6-3. Neutral Record: Seattle 0-0, LaTech 2-0. Conference Record: Seattle 1-5, LaTech 6-0. Series Record: Series is tied, 1-1.
GAME NOTES: A perfect 7-0 at home so far this season and winners of 11 in a row at the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs now face off against the Seattle Redhawks in Western Athletic Conference action on Saturday night.
Not only has LaTech been unbeatable at home in 2012-13, the squad is also the last of the unbeatens in the WAC as well, showing a 6-0 mark in league action at this stage. Two nights ago the Bulldogs posted their seventh straight win overall with a 72-66 triumph over a pesky Idaho group. The start in WAC play is a huge turn-around from last season when the team began 0-3.
As for the Redhawks, who are one of several new additions to the WAC this season, they stumbled out of the gate with five defeats in as many conference games. However, on Thursday night Seattle finally broke through with a resounding 61-44 victory against Texas-Arlington on the road, just the second win in six road dates this season as well.
This game marks just the third all-time meeting between the programs, with each winning one of the previous encounters.
Chad Rasmussen scored 13 points as he helped guide the Seattle Redhawks to a 17-point win over the Mavericks of Texas-Arlington in Western Athletic Conference action at College Park Center two nights ago. Also scoring in double figures for Seattle were Prince Obasi and Jarell Flora with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Defensively the Redhawks were all over UTA, holding the host to a mere 25.8 percent shooting from the floor, including 2-of-23 behind the 3-point line. Although neither was up to scoring in double figures in the latest contest, Clarence Trent and Deshaun Sunderhaus are the lone double- digit scorers on the season overall with 10.9 and 10.1 ppg, respectively. The duo has also combined for more than 13 rpg and that has afforded the program a rebounding edge of six per game over the competition.
Kenneth Smith scored 22 points and handed out eight assists as the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs held on to defeat the Idaho Vandals by six points in Western Athletic Conference action at the Thomas Assembly Center a couple nights back. Raheem Appleby came off the bench to register 20 points for the Bulldogs in just 23 minutes of action, followed by Kenyon McNeail who added 13 points for the hosts. LaTech forced 23 turnovers on the night and traded them in for 33 points to aid in the victory. In conference play the Bulldogs have only two players scoring in double figures, led by McNeail with his 14.5 ppg as he's made a stellar 22-of-44 behind the three-point line. Unfortunately, the team as a whole has converted just 35.2 percent on the outside, although that's still better than the competition at 27.6 percent from beyond the arc.
Finally earning that first conference win was huge for the Redhawks, especially getting it on the road. The team now has some confidence heading into the weekend, but Seattle will need much more than that to take down LaTech in Ruston.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Louisiana Tech 68, Seattle 59
01/19 10:39:41 ET