Louisiana Tech vs. Denver: Full Game Preview

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Louisiana Tech vs. Denver: Full Game Preview
Louisiana Tech
(26-4, 11-4 away)
Denver
(20-8, 12-2 home)
Venue: Magness Arena
7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT, March 09, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
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.

Denver StatSmack

  • 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).
LaTech Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ Raheem Appleby 26 15 3 1 1 0 2
C+ Kenneth Smith 27 7 4 5 2 0 2
C Michale Kyser 19 5 5 1 1 3 1
C C. Johnson 21 8 3 1 1 0 1
C Alex Hamilton 17 7 2 3 1 0 2
C Brandon Gibson 20 8 4 1 1 0 1
C Kenyon McNeail 17 8 1 1 1 0 1
C- Jaron Johnson 16 5 3 0 0 0 1
C- Chris Anderson 14 5 4 1 1 0 1
D+ Isaiah Massey 10 3 3 0 1 0 0
D+ Gilbert Talbot 4 3 2 0 0 0 0
D+ J.L. Lewis 10 2 3 0 0 0 1
D Stojan Gjuroski 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
D J.D. Wilkerson 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Demario Johnson 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
DEN Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Chris Udofia 30 13 5 3 2 2 2
B- Royce O`Neale 35 12 6 3 2 0 2
C+ Chase Hallam 31 10 4 2 2 1 1
C+ Brett Olson 34 11 2 2 1 0 1
C Cam Griffin 21 6 3 2 2 0 1
C- Jalen Love 23 7 1 2 1 0 1
D Nate Engesser 9 4 1 1 0 0 0
D Marcus Byrd 8 2 1 1 0 0 0
D Dom Samac 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Charles Webb 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Bryant Rucker 5 2 1 0 0 0 1
D Blake Foeman 10 2 1 1 0 0 1
D Jake Logan 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
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