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2009–10 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs men's basketball
Louisiana Tech Athletics wordmark.svg
CIT, Quarterfinals
Conference Western Athletic Conference
2009–10 record 24–11 (9–7 WAC)
Head coach Kerry Rupp
Assistant coach Nikita Johnson
Assistant coach Curtis Condie
Assistant coach Dusty May
Home arena Thomas Assembly Center
Seasons
2009–10 WAC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Utah State 14 2   .875     27 7   .794
Nevada 11 5   .688     21 13   .618
New Mexico State 11 5   .688     22 11   .667
Louisiana Tech 9 7   .563     24 11   .686
Fresno State 7 9   .438     15 18   .455
San Jose State 6 10   .375     14 17   .452
Idaho 6 10   .375     15 16   .484
Boise State 5 11   .313     15 17   .469
Hawaii 3 13   .188     10 20   .333
2010 WAC Tournament winner
As of March 22, 2010; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009–10 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs basketball team represented Louisiana Tech University in the 2009–10 men's college basketball season. This was Kerry Rupp's 3rd season as head coach. The Bulldogs played their home games at Thomas Assembly Center and compete in the Western Athletic Conference. They finished the season 24–11, 9–7 in WAC play and lost in the semifinals of the 2010 WAC Men's Basketball Tournament. They were invited to the 2010 CollegeInsider.com Tournament where they advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to Missouri State.

Pre-season[edit]

In the WAC preseason polls, released October 20 via media teleconference[1] La Tech was selected to finish 5th in the coaches poll and 6th in the media poll. Sr. Kyle Gibson was selected to the coaches All-WAC second team.

2009–10 Team[edit]

Roster[edit]

Source[2]

# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Previous Team(s)
2 Brandon Gibson 6'5" 225 G So. Marianna, Florida Marianna HS
3 Jamel Guyton 6'3" 200 G Sr. Odessa, Texas Odessa HS
Odessa CC
5 Olu Ashaolu 6'7" 220 G So. Toronto, Ontario Humble Christian (Texas)
10 Yonas Berhe 6'0" 170 G So. Toronto, Ontario Father Henry Carr SS
11 DeAndre Brown 5'11" 160 G Jr. Fort Worth, Texas Paul Laurence Dunbar HS
Navarro CC
13 Trey Felder 6'5" 169 G
F
Fr. Jackson, Mississippi Murrah HS
15 Magnum Rolle 6'11" 225 F
C
Sr. Freeport, Bahamas Bahamas National prep school
LSU
20 Andres Marmolejo 6'3" 215 G Jr. Alamo Heights, Texas Alamo Heights SS
Oakton CC
22 Kyle Gibson 6'5" 205 G Sr. Los Angeles, California Dorsey HS
24 Darius Redding 6'4" 205 F Fr. Tallahassee, Florida Godby HS
30 David Jackson 6'8" 205 F Sr. Tucson, Arizona Rincon HS
Mesa CC
31 Kaiser Stegall 6'3" 205 F Fr. Lancaster, Texas Skyline HS
33 Anson Bartlett 6'3" 175 G So. Little Rock, Arkansas Pulaski Academy
34 Justin Rake 6'3" 200 G Fr. Mandeville, Louisiana St. Paul's School
45 Shawn Oliverson 6'10" 250 F
C
Jr. Preston, Idaho Preston HS
Cornell

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Year at La Tech Alma Mater (Year)
Kerry Rupp Head Coach 3rd Southern Utah (1977)
Nikita Johnson Associate Head Coach 3rd West Georgia (1989)
Curtis Condie Assistant Coach 3rd Utah State (1994)
Dusty May Assistant Coach 1st Indiana (2000)
Cody Fueger Director of Basketball Operations 3rd Utah (2006)

2009–10 schedule and results[edit]

Source[3]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Sat, Nov 7
7:00pm
Lincoln (Mo.) W 91–54 
Thomas Assembly Center (1,013)
Ruston, Louisiana
Regular Season
Sat, Nov 14*
1:00pm
at Texas-Pan American W 80–62  1–0
UTPA Fieldhouse (458)
Edinburg, Texas
Fri, Nov 20*
7:00pm
vs. Miami (OH)
World Vision Classic
W 74–62  2–0
The Pit (NA)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Sat, Nov 21*
9:30pm, KASY
at New Mexico
World Vision Classic
L 81–52  2–1
The Pit (11,311)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Sun, Nov 22*
3:00pm
vs. Nicholls State
World Vision Classic
W 77–45  3–1
The Pit (NA)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Wed, Nov 25*
7:00pm
Arkansas-Little Rock W 86–66  4–1
Thomas Assembly Center (1,497)
Ruston, Louisiana
Sat, Nov 28*
7:00pm
at TCU W 68–63  5–1
Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (3,384)
Fort Worth, Texas
Wed, Dec 2*
7:00pm
at Louisiana–Monroe W 76–73  6–1
Fant–Ewing Coliseum (3,817)
Monroe, Louisiana
Sat, Dec 5*
7:00pm
Northwestern State W 98–70  7–1
Thomas Assembly Center (2,217)
Ruston, Louisiana
Wed, Dec 9*
8:00pm, FSA/FSSW/KWBA
at Arizona L 86–67  7–2
McKale Center (13,270)
Tucson, Arizona
Sat, Dec 12*
7:00pm
at Centenary W 102–96 2OT 8–2
Gold Dome (2,863)
Shreveport, Louisiana
Tue, Dec 15*
7:00pm
Murray State W 87-81  9–2
Thomas Assembly Center (1,911)
Ruston, Louisiana
Sat, Dec 19*
7:00pm
McNeese State W 79–58  10–2
Thomas Assembly Center (1,636)
Ruston, Louisiana
Tue, Dec 22*
8:00pm
Texas-Pan American W 81–60  11–2
Thomas Assembly Center (2,431)
Ruston, Louisiana
Tue, Dec 29*
7:00pm
at Houston W 99–94  12–2
Hofheinz Pavilion (2,862)
Houston, Texas
Sat, Jan 2
7:00pm, KAME
Nevada W 77–71  13–2 (1–0)
Thomas Assembly Center (2,088)
Ruston, Louisiana
Mon, Jan 4
7:00pm
Utah State W 82–60  14–2 (2–0)
Thomas Assembly Center (2,094)
Ruston, Louisiana
Sat, Jan 9
7:05pm, SWX
at Idaho W 77–71  15–2 (3–0)
Cowan Spectrum (2,047)
Moscow, Idaho
Mon, Jan 11
8:05pm
at Boise State W 79–64  16–2 (4–0)
Taco Bell Arena (2,186)
Boise, Idaho
Thu, Jan 14
8:00pm, ALT/BHSN/CST/ESPNFC/KAIL/MASN
Fresno State W 81–73  17–2 (5–0)
Thomas Assembly Center (4,146)
Ruston, Louisiana
Thu, Jan 21
9:00pm
at San Jose State L 87–76  17–3 (5–1)
The Event Center Arena (1,516)
San Jose, California
Sat, Jan 23
11:00pm
at Hawai'i W 65–60  18–3 (6–1)
Stan Sheriff Center (5,857)
Honolulu, Hawaii
Sat, Jan 30
8:00pm
New Mexico State L 91–77  18–4 (6–2)
Thomas Assembly Center (5,028)
Ruston, Louisiana
Thu, Feb 4
8:00pm, BHSN/CST/ESPNFC/MASN
San Jose State W 71–64  19–4 (7–2)
Thomas Assembly Center (2,467)
Ruston, Louisiana
Mon, Feb 8
8:00pm, ALT2/CST/ESPNFC
at New Mexico State L 70–68  19–5 (7–3)
Pan American Center (5,549)
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Sat, Feb 13
8:00pm
Hawai'i W 66–60  20–5 (8–3)
Thomas Assembly Center (2,096)
Ruston, Louisiana
Wed, Feb 17
10:00pm, ESPN2
at Utah State L 67–61  20–6 (8–4)
Smith Spectrum (10,049)
Logan, Utah
Sat, Feb 20*
12:00pm, ESPN2
at Northeastern
ESPN BracketBusters
W 70–67  21–6
Matthews Arena (4,414)
Boston, Massachusetts
Thu, Feb 25
7:00pm
Boise State L 72–59  21–7 (8–5)
Thomas Assembly Center (1,976)
Ruston, Louisiana
Sat, Feb 27
8:00pm
Idaho W 60–49  22–7 (9–5)
Thomas Assembly Center (2,669)
Ruston, Louisiana
Thu, Mar 4
9:00pm
at Fresno State L 66–59  22–8 (9–6)
Save Mart Center (8,350)
Fresno, California
Sat, Mar 6
9:00pm
at Nevada L 79–68  22–9 (9–7)
Lawlor Events Center (7,558)
Reno, Nevada
2010 WAC Men's Basketball Tournament
Thu, Mar 11
4:30pm, ESPNU
vs. Fresno State
Quarterfinals
W 74–66  23–9
Lawlor Events Center (NA)
Reno, Nevada
Fri, Mar 12
8:00pm
vs. Utah State
Semifinals
L 85–55  23–10
Lawlor Events Center (NA)
Reno, Nevada
2010 CollegeInsider.com Tournament
Thu, Mar 18
7:00pm
Southern Miss
First Round
W 66–57  24–10
Thomas Assembly Center (1,873)
Ruston, Louisiana
Mon, Mar 22
7:05pm
at Missouri State
Quarterfinals
L 69–40  24–11
JQH Arena (3,015)
Springfield, Missouri
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Season highlights[edit]

On December 7, Sr. Kyle Gibson was named the WAC player of the week for the fourth week of the season with weekly averages of 27.5 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 4.0 AST, 1.5 Steals and 59.3 FG%.[4]

On January 4, So. Olu Ashaolu was named the WAC player of the week for the eighth week of the season with weekly averages of 15.5 PPG, 16.5 RPG, 1.5 AST, 0.5 Steals and 52.4 FG%.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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