Tech is coming off two home wins against Boise State and New Mexico State. The two teams sit ranked 3rd and 4th in the conference standings and Tech is trying to fall in close behind. Idaho is 5th at 7-7 and the Vandals would allow Tech to catch them in the win column if they fall at home on Thursday.
In the 78-62 win against Boise, James Loe took senior night and made it his night. The senior from Oregon led the team with 23 points on 7-11 shooting. His previous career high was 15. Kyle Gibson added 21 and Olu Ashaolu came off the bench with 15 of his own.
Against NMSU, Magnum Rolle scored 25, Jamel Guyton added 18, and Kyle Gibson scored 17 to beat the Aggies by 9. Gibson has now scored over 1,000 points in his Louisiana Tech career.
A week earlier, Tech took a break from WAC play to beat Houston Baptist at home. They also traveled to Kentucky to beat Murray State in the bracketbuster. Tech finished the non-conference portion of their schedule 8-7. The 8 wins were tied for the most out of conference wins in the last fifteen years. The 05-06 team beat Southern Illinois in the bracketbuster to get to 8 non-conference wins.
The Bulldogs have a good chance at getting the 6th seed and facing one of the teams they beat last week in the first round. A win against Idaho and a win in the first round would reach two milestones. They would reach 16 wins for just the secon time since the 01-02 season. A first round win would put them in the WAC semifinals for just the second time since joining the league.
Not bad for a team that was left for dead a month ago.