Louisiana Tech vs. Florida State: Full Game Preview

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Louisiana Tech vs. Florida State: Full Game Preview
Louisiana Tech
(26-6, 11-5 away)
Florida State
(18-15, 13-7 home)
Venue: Donald L. Tucker Center
7:15PM ET / 4:15PM PT, March 19, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Louisiana Tech R Appleby 14.4 M Kyser 5.3 K Smith 5.2
Florida State M Snaer 14.5 O White 5.9 M Snaer 2.5

No. 5-seeded Louisiana Tech matches up against No. 4-seeded Florida State in the first round of the NIT at Donald L. Tucker Center on Tuesday. Tipoff occurs at 7:15 p.m. ET and you can catch it on ESPN3.com.

In spite of 16 points from Kenneth Smith, the Bulldogs came up short 73-67 against Texas-San Antonio on Mar. 14. He contributes a team-high 5.2 assists per game and 1.7 steals per game. For the Seminoles, Michael Snaer finished with 20 points and seven rebounds in the 83-62 loss to North Carolina on Mar. 15. With 14.5 points per game and 2.5 assists per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.

Florida State StatSmack

  • Michale Kyser is ranked 17th nationally in blocks.
  • The Louisiana Tech steals leader (Kenneth Smith, 53 steals) has more steals than the Florida State steals leader (Okaro White, 32 steals).
  • Louisiana Tech attacks the glass, with more rebounds (38.6 per game vs. 31.1 per game) than Florida State this season.
  • The WAC has 2 teams - Idaho (74.3 percent) and Denver (73.8 percent) - that shoot a better free throw percentage than the ACC leader, Florida State (73.1 percent).
  • The Louisiana Tech assist leader (Kenneth Smith, 163 assists) has more assists than the Florida State assist leader (Devon Bookert, 77 assists).
  • The top-ranking players between the two conferences for steals and blocks are in the WAC.
  • Louisiana Tech players are more experienced than Florida State players (14,068 minutes played vs. 12,023 minutes played).
  • Florida State has been ducking Louisiana Tech for over 30 years.
  • Louisiana Tech has a better record in close games than Florida State this season (5-0 vs. 9-3).
  • Be afraid. Louisiana Tech has blown out more teams than Florida State this season (seven blowouts vs. two).
  • Louisiana Tech has a better record at home than Florida State this season (14-0 vs. 10-7).
LaTech Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ Raheem Appleby 26 14 3 1 1 0 2
C+ Kenneth Smith 28 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 7 4 1 1 0 1
C- Kenyon McNeail 17 7 1 1 1 0 1
C- Jaron Johnson 16 5 3 0 0 0 1
D+ Chris Anderson 14 4 3 1 1 1 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 11 3 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
FSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Michael Snaer 32 14 4 2 1 0 3
B Okaro White 29 13 6 1 1 1 2
C T. Shannon 21 8 6 1 1 1 2
C Devon Bookert 21 7 2 2 1 0 2
C Aaron Thomas 18 6 2 1 1 0 1
C Kiel Turpin 16 5 3 0 0 1 1
C- Ian Miller 19 5 2 2 1 0 1
D+ T. Whisnant II 18 5 1 1 1 0 0
D+ Montay Brandon 20 4 2 1 0 0 2
D+ B. Bojanovsky 11 3 2 0 0 1 1
D R. Gilchrist 8 2 1 0 0 0 1
D Michael Ojo 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Joey Moreau 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
D R. Portuondo 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
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