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Basketball teams set to begin seasons

November 7, 2013

 

KALEB CAUSEY
Sports Editor

 

The men’s and women’s basketball teams will begin their seasons this week as the Bulldogs play at St. Mary’s tomorrow and the Lady Techsters play at South Carolina on Sunday.

 

The Bulldogs had a pair of exhibition games at home over the past two weeks as they beat University of Arkansas at Monticello 85-64 and Southern Arkansas University 100-49.

 

The Lady Techsters will be taking the court for the first time this season Sunday.

 

Both teams will face tough opponents this season. The Bulldogs will face 12 different teams that saw postseason play last year. Among those are St. Mary’s, Southern Miss, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.

 

The women’s team will face 13 teams who made appearances in the postseason last year. Their schedule includes South Carolina, Texas A&M and LSU, all of which are ranked in the AP Top 25 to begin this season.

 

Sports analysts and reporters all across the nation have been talking about the Bulldogs as they make their season predictions.

 

Jeff Goodman of ESPN named head coach Mike White No. 15 on his list of top 20 mid-major coaches. Three of the six staff members of CBSSports.com picked the Bulldogs to win the Conference-USA championship.

 

Midmajormadness.com ranked the team No. 6 on their preseason top 15 mid-major poll. Junior guard Raheem Appleby was also added to the C-USA preseason players-to-watch list.

 

The Lady Techsters are ranked No. 11 of 16 in the C-USA preseason coaches poll and are entering the season with a brand new coaching staff surrounding head coach Teresa Weatherspoon.

 

“It will be a difficult challenge as we have stepped up in the talent levels of the teams,” Weatherspoon said.

 

“When you talk about competing in C-USA, we have to have players who can be effective and productive on a nightly basis. We need to make sure we compete on that major level every single night.”

 

The Lady Techsters are returning three starters and seven letterwinners from last year’s season.

 

The team will feature a new player at the point guard position for the third year in a row in Chrisstasia Walter.

 

Walter is a transfer from Hutchinson Community College where she led the Lady Dragons to a No. 3 national ranking and a 36-2 record.

 

The Bulldogs will have their first home game next Wednesday as they meet Centenary College on the court.

 

The home opener for the Lady Techsters will be against LSU on Nov. 23.

 

This season will be Tech’s first in Conference-USA.

 

For more on basketball and other Tech athletics, follow The Tech Talk Sports Desk on Twitter at twitter.com/techtalksports.

 

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