Louisiana Tech basketball in AP Top 25 - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

Louisiana Tech basketball in AP Top 25

Posted: Updated:

[Information provided by Louisiana Tech]

RUSTON – For the first time since a 13-week stretch run during the 1984-85 season, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs cracked the Associate Press Top 25 coming in at 25th in their latest poll release on Monday.

LA Tech is coming off a 118-48 defeat of non-conference opponent Central Baptist this past Wednesday to improve to 24-3 on the season and extend its winning streak to 16 games, the longest winning streak in program history.

The Bulldogs gained six more points to bump their total to 54 from a week ago, enough to slide into the top 25 for the first time in 28 years.

Legendary Bulldog Karl Malone led the 1984-85 team to the school's first ever top 25 ranking, checking in at No. 20 on Dec. 18, 1984 after opening the season 9-0 which included a win over then No. 6 ranked Louisville.

Malone and the Dunkin ‘Dogs continued to climb in the national rankings that season, reaching as high as No. 7 prior to their run to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.

Gonzaga, No. 2 this week, at that time had a point guard named John Stockton. The two players went on to become one of the greatest combinations in NBA history with the Utah Jazz, were members of the Dream Team and both were inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

LA Tech also doubled their point total from 12 to 24 in the USA Today/Coaches Top 25 poll, slotting them at No. 29.

The AP Top 25 College Basketball Poll is compiled from votes by 65
sportswriters and broadcasters from across the nation.

The USA Today Sports Board of Coaches is made up of 31 head coaches at Division I institutions. All are members of the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Louisiana Tech returns to WAC action when it hosts Utah State on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in a nationally televised contest inside the Thomas Assembly Center.

For complete coverage of LA Tech Men's Basketball, please follow @LATechHoops on Twitter or visit the official home of Louisiana Tech Athletics at www.LATechSports.com.

Information from the Associated Press contributed to this story

  • Home runs crush NSU against TAMU-CC

    Home runs crush NSU against TAMU-CC

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:58 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:58:19 GMT
    Two home runs and four runs batted in from Brandon Tierney led Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at the plate in a 5-3 win over the Northwestern State baseball team Friday night in Southland Conference play atMore >>
    Two home runs and four runs batted in from Brandon Tierney led Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at the plate in a 5-3 win over the Northwestern State baseball team Friday night in Southland Conference play at Brown-Stroud Field to drop the Demons into a three-way tie for fourth place.More >>
  • Centenary's Blount named Player of the Year

    Centenary's Blount named Player of the Year

    Thursday, April 17 2014 11:18 PM EDT2014-04-18 03:18:57 GMT
    Centenary College's Jonathan Blount was named the 2014 Louisiana Small College Player of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches as announced the association today. Blount becomes theMore >>
    Centenary College's Jonathan Blount was named the 2014 Louisiana Small College Player of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches as announced the association today. Blount becomes the first player from Centenary to earn the small college award, the seventh Gent to be honored by the LABC as a player of the year and the first since Andrew Wisniewski in 2004.More >>
  • White named Coach of the Year by LABC

    White named Coach of the Year by LABC

    Thursday, April 17 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-04-18 03:15:27 GMT
    Louisiana Tech men's basketball head coach Michael White has been selected by the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches (LABC) as the recipient of the Tommy Joe Eagles Memorial Award as the LouisianaMore >>
    Louisiana Tech men's basketball head coach Michael White has been selected by the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches (LABC) as the recipient of the Tommy Joe Eagles Memorial Award as the Louisiana Major College Coach of the Year for 2014.More >>
Powered by WorldNow