Bulldogs to take on Nevada,
By MATT DEARMAN
Bulldog basketball returns to the Thomas Assembly Center
this week, where the team will be looking to defend its place as No. 1 and
expand its lead in the Western Athletic Conference against third-place
University of Nevada at 7 p.m. tonight before hosting second-place Utah State
Tech is currently 14-7 on the season and leads the WAC
with a 7-1 conference mark. Nevada, who won the conference last season and was
picked to win the WAC in many preseason polls, enters tonight’s game with a
15-5 record, sitting third in the conference with a 5-3 record.
Although Nevada would not pass Tech in the standings with
a victory, a Wolfpack win would drop the Bulldogs to
No. 2 in the WAC, while Utah State, who handed Tech its lone conference loss,
would claim the top spot.
Tech enters the game led by junior Paul Millsap, who
continues to draw closer to his third national rebounding title, averaging 12.7
rebounds and 20.7 points per game and having a team-high 46 blocks on the year.
Also looking to be a factor is Daevon
Haskins, who leads the Bulldogs in assists with 109 and steals with 38.
Nevada is anchored by Nick Fazekas,
who averages 20.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per game and has 23 steals and a team
high 28 blocks on the year. Mo Charlo leads the Wolfpack in steals with 25.
Tech met Nevada twice last season, with the Wolfpack winning both games with scores of 64-56 in Ruston
and 76-58 at Nevada.
“This is going to be a big week in the conference,” Tech
head coach Keith Richard said. “We are very enthusiastic about the position
we’ve put ourselves in.”
Following the meeting with Nevada, the Bulldogs will host
Utah State at 7 p.m. on Saturday in the Thomas Assembly Center, with hopes of
avenging their 64-55 loss on Jan. 18.
Just one game behind Tech in the WAC standings, Utah
State could pull ahead of the Bulldogs by way of a tie breaker with any Tech
loss this weekend, and, with wins over Hawaii and tonight over New Mexico
State, could claim the top place outright with a victory Saturday.
The Aggies (14-4, 5-2 WAC) are
led by Nate Harris with 17.6 points and 7.2 rebounds
per game and Jaycee Carroll with 17.1 points per game and a team best 23 steals
on the season.
“One of these three teams is going to take a big step
forward this week,” Richard said.
“These are going to be two very big home games. We’re
looking forward to it.”
Techsters to play two away
By JJ MARSHALL
The Lady Techsters are back
atop the WAC standings after a home sweep of previously undefeated Fresno State
and San Jose State.
This week they travel to Nevada and Utah State, looking
to create some space in the standings.
Tasha Williams, returning WAC
player of the year, leads the Techsters in scoring
with 13 points per game, but she has had plenty of help this year.
Five players are averaging at least 10 points per game,
leading a more productive, more balanced scoring attack.
Nevada enters the week at 3-4 in WAC play and 7-12
Utah State has not won a WAC game in its first year in
the conference, and sits at the bottom of the standings.
Junior guard Shan Moore was named WAC player of the week
last week, averaging 19 points and 6.5 rebounds against two of the top teams in
For the season, Moore averages 10.9 points per game and
The Lady Techsters have won
nine of their last 10 games.