Louisiana Tech vs. Denver: Full Game Preview
|Louisiana Tech||R Appleby 14.7||M Kyser 5.2||K Smith 5.4|
|Denver||C Udofia 12.7||R O`Neale 5.5||C Udofia 3.5|
Louisiana Tech visits Magness Arena on Saturday to take on Denver. The game gets underway at 7 p.m. EST and it can be seen on ROOT-RM. The Bulldogs beat the Pioneers 68-60 on Dec. 29.
Denver is in second place in the conference and just behind first-place Louisiana Tech with a chance to catch up.
In their last outing, despite 13 points from Raheem Appleby, the Bulldogs fell to New Mexico State 78-60 on Mar. 7. With 14.7 points per game, he leads the team in scoring average. In an 84-55 blowout of Texas-Arlington on Mar. 7, Chris Udofia put up 21 points and five assists for the Pioneers. He contributes a team-leading 12.7 points per game, 3.5 assists per game, and 2.3 blocks per game.
Louisiana Tech has a statistical advantage in two significant areas. The Bulldogs have the upper hand over the Pioneers in rebounding, 38.8 per game to 24.9 per game. Louisiana Tech also has an advantage in scoring, 74.2 points per game to 64.9 points per game. The Four Factors in which Denver stands out are effective field goal percentage at 56.7 and turnover percentage at 19.0.
- Louisiana Tech is ranked higher than Denver in the WAC (No. 1 vs. No. 2).
- Louisiana Tech attacks the glass, with more rebounds (39.3 per game vs. 24.9 per game) than Denver this season.
- A for effort, but Louisiana Tech has emerged victorious against Denver the last three times they've played.
- The Louisiana Tech rebounding leader (Michale Kyser, 153 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Denver rebounding leader (Royce O`Neale, 148 rebounds).
- Kenyon McNeail is ranked 7th in the WAC in three-pointers.
- Even computers respect Louisiana Tech more. Louisiana Tech has a better RPI this season than Denver (RPI: No. 49 vs. No. 65).
- The Louisiana Tech scoring leader (Raheem Appleby, 428 points) has more points than the Denver scoring leader (Chris Udofia, 335 points).
- Louisiana Tech is better at defending the three (28.1 percent allowed vs. 32.1 percent allowed) than Denver this season.
- Louisiana Tech has a better conference record than Denver this season (16-0 vs. 14-2).