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Charlotte (17-13) vs. Louisiana Tech (25-6)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Thursday, March 13, 10:30 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Don Haskins Center (12,222) -- El Paso, Texas. Television: None. Home Record: Charlotte 10-5, LA Tech 13-1. Away Record: Charlotte 3-8, LA Tech 9-4. Neutral Record: Charlotte 4-0, LA Tech 3-1. Conference Record: Charlotte 7-9, LA Tech 13-3. Series Record: LA Tech leads, 1-0.

GAME NOTES: The top-seeded Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will make their Conference USA Tournament debut as they take on the ninth-seeded Charlotte 49ers in the quarterfinal round at the Don Haskins Center on Thursday.

The winner of this contest will advance to the semifinals to face either the tournament hosting Texas-El Paso Miners or No. 4 Southern Miss.

Charlotte was impressive in its second-round matchup versus UAB on Wednesday. The 49ers led from wire-to-wire and extended their advantage to as many as 23 before settling for an 80-70 victory. Charlotte, which was a charter member of Conference USA, returned to the league this season after spending the last eight years as a member of the Atlantic 10. Charlotte is 16-8 all-time in C- USA Tournament games and won the 1999 and 2001 C-USA Tournament titles to advance to the Big Dance. Coach Alan Major's squad now owns a 4-0 ledger at neutral sites, including notable upsets of Michigan and Kansas State en route to the Puerto Rico Tip- Off Tournament Championship.

The Bulldogs are hoping to avoid another early exit from their conference tourney as they were the top seed in the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Tournament, but lost their first postseason game to a ninth-seeded UTSA squad. LA Tech has not reached the NCAA Tournament since 1991 when it was a member of the American South. Coach Michael White's squad excelled in its inaugural season as a member of the C-USA as it upped its scoring offense (81.7 ppg) by 9.2 points and its scoring margin (16.0 ppg) by seven points.

This schools met for the first time in history on Jan. 23 in Ruston. LA Tech coasted to an 80-60 win over the 49ers to take a 1-0 all-time series lead.

Although five different 49ers scored in double figures and the team shot an even 50 percent from 3-point range, their star point guard Pierria Henry finished with only five points in 25 minutes of action. Charlotte thrived as sophomore guard Denzel Ingram the way with 18 points, junior Terrence Williams added 16 points and Shawn Lester chipped in 11 points. Charlotte still has plenty of reason to go to Henry down the stretch. The 6-foot-4 sophomore is the only player in the conference that averages double-figures points (12.3 ppg), at least five rebounds (5.1 rpg) and five assists (5.9) per game. For his efforts, Henry was named to the All-C-USA Defensive Team and the All-C-USA third-team. Lester is contributing 12 ppg, while shooting 42.3 percent from the field.

Junior floor general Kenneth Smith is not usually a big-time scorer (7.1 ppg) for the Bulldogs, but his strong defensive play and the C-USA's assist title (7.9 apg) landed him on the all-conference first team. Although LA Tech's Raheem Appleby (13.8 ppg) returned to the lineup for the final three games after missing 12 games due to injury, he clocked only 23 total minutes in those games. If Appleby returns to full health during the postseason, White's team will could be very dangerous beyond the C-USA Tournament. Alex Hamilton (14.5 ppg) and Chris Anderson (12 ppg, 5.6 rpg) had no trouble picking up the slack, but they will only benefit when Appleby fully returns and commands attention.

Henry will most likely struggle again as he collides with one of college basketball's best perimeter defenders. LA Tech has only one questionable loss on its resume through 31 games. The Bulldogs should be able to advance, although the 49ers have defeated teams with just as much talent as LA Tech already this season.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Louisiana Tech 75, Charlotte 70

03/13 10:34:14 ET

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Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
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6:35pm Saturday
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5:05pm Sunday
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Final
TEX 3
CLE 12
Final
COL 6
CIN 4
Final
MIA 2
PIT 5
Final
CWS 5
TOR 3
Final
KAN 2
NYY 4
Final
BOS 4
MIN 6
Final
PHI 0
NYM 7
Final
SEA 3
TAM 0
Final
SFG 3
MIL 1
Final
DET 3
OAK 2
Final
HOU 4
BAL 5
8th
WAS 2
CHC 0
 
7th
ARI 3
STL 2
 
2nd
SDP 0
ANA 0
 
1st
ATL 0
LOS 0
 
1:05pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
4:35pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
8:05pm Thursday
BOS
TEX
 
10:05pm Thursday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Thursday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Thursday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Thursday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Thursday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Friday
KAN
CHC
 
7:05pm Friday
COL
PHI
 
7:05pm Friday
TAM
BAL
 
7:10pm Friday
MIA
NYM
 
7:10pm Friday
WAS
CIN
 
8:05pm Friday
BOS
TEX
 
8:10pm Friday
ARI
MIL
 
8:10pm Friday
CWS
HOU
 
8:10pm Friday
TOR
MIN
 
8:15pm Friday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Friday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Friday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Friday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Friday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Friday
ATL
SFG
 
2:10pm Saturday
TOR
MIN
 
3:05pm Saturday
COL
PHI
 
4:05pm Saturday
TAM
BAL
 
4:10pm Saturday
ARI
MIL
 
4:10pm Saturday
CWS
HOU
 
4:10pm Saturday
MIA
NYM
 
4:10pm Saturday
WAS
CIN
 
7:15pm Saturday
BOS
TEX
 
7:15pm Saturday
KAN
CHC
 
7:15pm Saturday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Saturday
ATL
SFG
 
10:05pm Saturday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Saturday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Saturday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Saturday
PIT
SDP
 
1:10pm Sunday
MIA
NYM
 
1:10pm Sunday
WAS
CIN
 
1:35pm Sunday
COL
PHI
 
1:35pm Sunday
TAM
BAL
 
2:10pm Sunday
ARI
MIL
 
2:10pm Sunday
CWS
HOU
 
2:10pm Sunday
TOR
MIN
 
2:15pm Sunday
LOS
STL
 
2:20pm Sunday
KAN
CHC
 
3:05pm Sunday
BOS
TEX
 
4:05pm Sunday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Sunday
NYY
OAK
 
4:10pm Sunday
CLE
SEA
 
8:05pm Sunday
DET
ANA
 
9:10pm Sunday
PIT
SDP
 
Half
HOU 46
GSW 52
 
9:00pm Friday
GSW
HOU
 
9:00pm Sunday
HOU
GSW
 
3rd
ANA 2
CHI 3
 
8:00pm Friday
TAM
NYR
 
8:00pm Saturday
CHI
ANA
 
12:00pm Friday
AUBURN
CHARLESTON
 
1:00pm Friday
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CCAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
COLUMBIA
ECAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
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ARKANSAS
 
1:00pm Friday
OREGON
IOWA
 
1:00pm Friday
SFLORIDA
FAU
 
1:00pm Friday
WRIGHTST
NOTREDAME
 
2:00pm Friday
MICHIGAN
BRADLEY
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
2:30pm Friday
TEXAS
OREGONST
 
3:00pm Friday
INDIANA
RADFORD
 
3:30pm Friday
ULLAFAYETE
RICE
 
4:00pm Friday
LEHIGH
LSU
 
6:00pm Friday
CANISIUS
SWMISSOURI
 
6:00pm Friday
CLEMSON
ARIZONAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MERCER
FLORIDAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MOREHEADST
LOUISVILLE
 
6:00pm Friday
VIRGINIA
USC
 
7:00pm Friday
FIU
MIAFLA
 
7:00pm Friday
FLAAM
FLORIDA
 
7:00pm Friday
MARYLAND
MISS
 
7:00pm Friday
SACREDHART
TCU
 
7:00pm Friday
STJOHNS
OKLAHOMAST
 
7:00pm Friday
TSOUTHERN
TEXASAM
 
7:00pm Friday
VCU
DALLASBAPT
 
8:00pm Friday
HSTNBAPT
HOUSTON
 
8:00pm Friday
LIPSCOMB
VANDERBILT
 
8:00pm Friday
OHIO
ILLINOIS
 
8:00pm Friday
TULANE
NWILMINGTN
 
10:00pm Friday
PEPPERDINE
FULLERTON
 
10:00pm Friday
SANDIEGOST
CSANTABAR
 
11:00pm Friday
CSBAKER
UCLA
 
Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
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6:35pm Saturday
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5:05pm Sunday
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