Middle Tenn. looks to end streak vs La. Tech
Louisiana Tech (13-5, 4-2) vs. Middle Tennessee (4-15, 0-6)
Murphy Athletic Center, Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Thursday, 7:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Louisiana Tech looks to extend Middle Tennessee’s conference losing streak to eight games. Middle Tennessee’s last CUSA win came against the UTEP Miners 48-47 on March 9, 2019. Louisiana Tech came up short in a 51-50 game at home to North Texas in its last outing.
SAVVY VETERANS: Senior leadership has been on display for both teams this year. C.J. Jones, Antonio Green and Donovan Sims have combined to account for 54 percent of Middle Tennessee’s scoring this season and 59 percent of the team’s points over its last five games. For Louisiana Tech, .
IN-CONFERENCE IMPROVEMENTS: The Blue Raiders have scored 68.8 points per game and allowed 77.7 points per game against Conference USA opponents. Those are both improvements over the 75.3 points scored and 81.5 points given up to non-conference foes.DOMINANT DAQUAN: DaQuan Bracey has connected on 48.5 percent of the 66 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 4 for 11 over his last three games. He’s also made 43.9 percent of his foul shots this season.
WINLESS WHEN: Middle Tennessee is 0-12 this year when it scores 72 points or fewer and 4-3 when it scores at least 73.
UNDEFEATED WHEN: Louisiana Tech is a perfect 10-0 when the team makes at least 66.7 percent of its free throws. The Bulldogs are 3-5 when they shoot below 66.7 percent from the line.
DID YOU KNOW: The sturdy Louisiana Tech defense has held opponents to just 60.7 points per game, the 18th-lowest in Division I. Middle Tennessee has allowed an average of 76.9 points through 19 games (ranked 283rd, nationally).