|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).
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