Two of the Western Athletic Conference’s remaining three
teams with perfect conference records will square off tonight when the Bulldogs
play host to the University of Hawaii
at in ThomasAssemblyCenter.
Tech enters the contest with a 9-6 overall record, with a
2-0 mark in WAC play. Hawaii stands at 8-4 overall and is also 2-0 in the WAC.
“This will be a great, early-conference showdown,” Tech
head coach Keith Richard said.
“The atmosphere should be great. You won’t see better
live basketball in this area.”
Tech enters the game on a two-game winning streak,
defeating conference opponents Boise State and the University of Idaho on the
road last week, while Hawaii will look for its second straight victory after
defeating conference foe Nevada on Jan. 5 in Hawaii.
Both teams enter the game having already recorded notable
wins earlier in the season.
The Bulldogs biggest win of the season came on Dec. 7
when the team traveled to Lubbock, Texas, to take on coaching legend Bobby
Knight and his Texas Tech Red Raiders, who were sitting on a 34-1
non-conference home record before being upset 68-53 by the Bulldogs that night.
Hawaii’s season highlight came Nov. 11 when they bested then
No. 4-ranked Michigan State 84-62.
Leading the Bulldogs in the contest will be two-time
national rebounding champion junior Paul Millsap, who leads the team in three
categories, including points (311), blocks (26) and rebounds (179).
Millsap was also named WAC athlete of the week for his
performances against Idaho and BoiseState, where he averaged 19.5
points and 15 rebounds per game.
Team depth also looks to be a benefit for the Bulldogs,
who have 10 players averaging 10 or more minutes of action a game.
“Our success has been a team effort this season,” Richard
said. “We have a lot of depth, and it’s really helped us.”
Hawaii will be led by Julian Sensley,
Matt Lojeski and AhmetGueye, each of whom have recorded
over 150 points on the year. Sensley is currently the
team scoring leader with 173, as well as the leader in steals with 17.
Gueye leads Hawaii in blocks
with 33 and rebounds with 101.
Following the game with Hawaii, the Bulldogs will host
Fresno State University on at 7 p.m. in Thomas Assembly Center on Jan. 14.
Fresno State currently sits at 8-4 on the year and is the
WAC’s final unbeaten team with a conference record of
Fresno is led by Quinton Hosley,
a player who has recorded 237 points, 122 rebounds and 31 steals on the year.
Techsters on the road against
By JJ MARSHALL
The Lady Techsters will travel
to Hawaii and Fresno this week looking to pick up the team’s third and fourth
wins in WAC play this year.
Tonight the Techsters will take
on Hawaii at 11 p.m.
Hawaii enters the game 1-0 in conference play, and 9-2 in
the over-all season.
Hawaii has won its last 7 games, but both of its losses
this year are at home.
Saturday, the Techsters will
take on 9-4 Fresno State, who are also 1-0 in the WAC
this season. Fresno State has only lost one game at home this season.
Aarica Ray-Boyd is the Techsters leading scorer, with 13.2 a game.
Tasha Williams and Eboni Mangum are the other two double-digit scorers with
12.9 per game and 10.3, respectively.
Ty Moore was named WAC athlete
of the week after scoring 32 points and 22 rebounds in the opening two games
Moore enters the game averaging 9.5 points per game and
She has as many offensive rebounds as defensive on the
The Techsters head into a big
week atop the WAC standings at 2-0.
The team is 10-3 overall, but all three losses have come
on the road.
The Techsters have won the last
5 games, and 8 of the last 9.