BURN THE HORSE
Louisiana Tech is really difficult to figure out. They’ve looked tremendous at times this season, including locking up UALR defensively to beat the Trojans in Ruston, La. But as of late, they’ve lost a couple of curious road games to Southland Conference teams.
LA TECH AT UALR7 P.M. MONDAY
JACK STEPHENS CENTER
What was the common denominator in both games? Louisiana Tech couldn’t get a defensive stop.
UALR hopes that trend continues as the Trojans (8-4) host Louisiana Tech (8-3) at 7 p.m. Monday at the Jack Stephens Center in Little Rock.
Louisiana Tech’s pressure defense, and backcourt pressure, has been solid throughout most of the first month of the season. But in an 89-83 loss at Northwestern State, Louisiana Tech allowed 55 percent from the field. And in an 80-72 loss to McNeese State, Louisiana Tech allowed 53 percent.
For the most part, the other offensive and defensive numbers for Louisiana Tech are pretty solid.
And they were more than solid in the first meeting of the season between UALR and La Tech.
In the first half, UALR made just 7 of 31 (22.6 percent) field-goal attempts. Add to the fact that UALR got outrebounded and the result was a blowout loss.
UALR has to handle the press and execute in the half-court if it is to stay unbeaten at home this season.