Bulldogs and Tigers on the Hardwood?

Louisiana Tech and LSU have not met often on the basketball court in the last 20 years.

LSU just beat Nicholls State 63-60 to all but wrap up the mythical state championship. Wait a minute. LSU is 4-0 against teams from Louisiana, but so is Louisiana Tech.

Both teams still have McNeese State left on the schedule. Tech beat Nicholls State 77-45 on a nuetral court. Earlier this month, the Bulldogs beat Northwestern State 98-70. Head Coach Kerry Rupp and his team were pushed to the edge against Louisiana-Monroe and Centenary, but the Bulldogs are still 4-0.

LSU beat Nicholls State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Southeastern Louisiana, and Northwestern State. It's good to see both LSU and Louisiana Tech playing 5 games against in-state schools, but is it not time for the two schools to play each other?

Louisiana Tech went down to Baton Rouge and beat LSU in 1988. LSU has not lost to a team from Louisiana since that time; a streak that covers 79 games. The last time the two schools played, LSU beat Louisiana Tech 68-52. Keith Richard was the Head Coach of the Bulldogs and Magnum Rolle played 20 minutes for LSU. Things are a little different now.

With a win over the Cowboys, Kerry Rupp can improve to 10-1 against teams from Louisiana over the last two seasons. 10-1 in two years is not as good as 79-1, but the Bulldogs don't have the advantage of playing a vast majority of their games at home against in-state teams.

LSU started playing Tech, ULM, and ULL in football this decade and has been dominant in those games. Louisiana Tech did fare better this season, falling 24-16 in Tiger stadium. Louisiana Tech also travels well to games against LSU.

Former Louisiana Tech Head Coach Keith Richard is on the staff at LSU. LSU Head Coach Trent Johnson coached against Tech when he was the Head Coach at Nevada. The two coaches should know that the game would bring draw a good bit of interest from around the state.

Schedule a two game series, even if Louisiana Tech has to play their home game in Bossier City. Even if you just play one game in Baton Rouge, the game should be scheduled.

There's nothing to lose. LSU didn't fall off the basketball map when Tech beat them in 1988, and they wouldn't fall apart with a loss in the future. It would be a fun game and that's all there is to it. The winner can claim the state championship, mythical or not.


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