The season rubber match belonged to Louisiana Tech.
Dealing with Convention USA foe Western Kentucky for the third time in 2020-21, splitting the primary two conferences again in January, No. 4 Bulldogs (22-7) outlasted No. 3 Hilltoppers 72-65 within the National Invitational Tournament quarterfinals.
Tech advances to face Mississippi State within the semifinals Saturday. Tipoff time has not but been set.
The win marks Louisiana Tech’s first final four postseason look because the 1986 NIT. It earned third place that event, dropping to Ohio State within the semis earlier than beating Florida within the comfort sport.
Mild it up, Ledoux
Kalob Ledoux was recruited for his spot-up shot however within the final 5 video games, the taking pictures guard hadn’t made greater than 5 area objectives in a sport. Ledoux matched that within the first half in opposition to Western Kentucky en path to main all scorers with 20 factors on 7-11 taking pictures.
Ledoux made his first 5 3-point makes an attempt and tied his season-high with six. His 3’s set the stage for him incomes his best scoring efficiency since late February.
Scorching when it issues
Solely 4 instances this season have the Bulldogs made double-digit 3’s. Nonetheless, in huge video games this yr, the offense’s means to knock down photographs from the perimeter has been lackluster at greatest.
Credit score Ledoux once more right here, as his taking pictures efficiency helped spark Louisiana Tech’s greatest 3-point taking pictures outing this postseason at 11-for-18 (61 p.c) and it could not have come at a greater time.
Tech helped themselves to the win over Western Kentucky by caring for the basketball. But additionally by teammates discovering open teammates who knocked down photographs. Isaiah Crawford, who wanted to discover a strategy to impression the sport as he struggled to attain, led the staff with six assists.
Ball handlers Amorie Archibald and Cobe Williams did their half by caring for the ball, with solely three turnovers between them. The Hilltoppers managed simply 13 factors off turnovers