Preview: Louisiana Tech

With four starters back from a 27-win team, this is a contender

Updated: October 11, 2013, 10:54 AM ET
By Joey Berlin | ESPN Insider

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Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

2012-13: 27-7 (16-2 WAC)
In-conference offense: 1.02 points per possession (5th in WAC)
In-conference defense: .91 points per possession (2nd in WAC)

Coming off 27 wins, a WAC co-championship and an NIT victory, the Bulldogs enter the 2013-14 season as the Conference USA newbie most equipped to make the transition into better competition. Four regular starters are back for Michael White's team, and with their defense leading the way, the Bulldogs should be a serious challenge to the conference's top holdovers. They defeated Southern Miss in a December home game last season before losing a rematch in the NIT.