Louisiana Tech is tied for third place in the WAC with Nevada at 8-4. NMSU is one game ahead in the standings at 9-3. The Aggies take on Idaho on Wednesday and host Boise State on Saturday. First Place Utah State (11-2) travels to Hawaii on Thursday before returning home to host Fresno on Monday night.
Louisiana Tech needs the two wins for many reasons. First, Tech needs to keep pace in the WAC standings. Second, the Bulldogs have won four of their last eight and they need to get back on a winning streak heading into the last week of the regular season.
Tech fans are hoping Kyle Gibson can get hot. Gibson had a season low 9 points in the Bracket Buster win over Northeastern. The senior guard now has 1654 career points, good for 8th on the career scoring list at Louisiana Tech. Paul Millsap is 7th with 1608 and Karl Malone is 6th with 1716.
Against Northeastern, the four other starters for the Bulldogs combined to make 22 of 34 shots from the field. Magnum Rolle was 7 of 10 from the floor for 17 points. Guards Jamel Guyton and DeAndre Brown combined to make 7 of 8 from three point range and each player finished with 18 points. Olu Ashaolu led Louisiana Tech with six rebounds. Darius Redding and David Jackson came off the bench and provided a spark. Redding had two steals and a rebound while Jackson had two points and three rebounds.
Darius Redding, a true freshman, has seen his playing time increase in February. Redding is averaging 14 minutes a game this month. He has scored 8 points, pulled down 10 rebounds, and added three steals and three assists in the five games. David Jackson continues to play the most minutes off of the Louisiana Tech bench. The senior foward is averaging just over 20 minutes a game this month. He has twenty points and 16 rebounds in that stretch including two big three pointers against Utah State.