Middle Tennessee hosts Williams and Louisiana Tech

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (12-7, 5-3 C-USA) at Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (11-8, 4-4 C-USA)

Ruston, Louisiana; Saturday, 5 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Louisiana Tech plays the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders after Cobe Williams scored 20 points in Louisiana Tech’s 85-74 overtime victory against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.

The Bulldogs have gone 7-2 at home. Louisiana Tech is fifth in C-USA in rebounding averaging 31.4 rebounds. Isaiah Crawford leads the Bulldogs with 4.8 boards.

The Blue Raiders are 5-3 against conference opponents. Middle Tennessee is ninth in C-USA shooting 31.7% from deep. Jared Jones leads the Blue Raiders shooting 100% from 3-point range.

The Bulldogs and Blue Raiders match up Saturday for the first time in C-USA play this season.

TOP PERFORMERS: Crawford is averaging 12.8 points and 2.2 steals for the Bulldogs. Williams is averaging 16.6 points over the last 10 games for Louisiana Tech.

Eli Lawrence is shooting 32.2% from beyond the arc with 1.5 made 3-pointers per game for the Blue Raiders, while averaging 12.2 points. DeAndre Dishman is shooting 53.9% and averaging 12.4 points over the last 10 games for Middle Tennessee.

LAST 10 GAMES: Bulldogs: 5-5, averaging 77.1 points, 30.4 rebounds, 14.0 assists, 8.9 steals and 2.8 blocks per game while shooting 46.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 69.1 points per game.

Blue Raiders: 6-4, averaging 70.3 points, 29.8 rebounds, 10.9 assists, 7.4 steals and 6.1 blocks per game while shooting 45.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 69.6 points.

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