December 13, 2007 10:12 am ET by Kyle Whelliston
Louisiana Tech (WAC) vs. Centenary (Summit)
Bossier City, LA (Neutral court)
8:00 PM EST
Tonight's G!O!T!N! is a long-overdue chance to spill some ink on Centenary's start. The Gentlemen are 6-4, with wins over Texas Tech and SMU, and they split their first weekend in the Badlands Conference. If that doesn't impress you, consider that this is a team that went 10-21 (3-11 in what was then known as the Mid-Continent) last year, and that was -- in relative terms -- a breakthrough season! The newfound winning ways are great, but doubly great for guys like guard Tyrone Hamilton, who was the best player on a 3-24 team in 2004-05 and had to watch an entire 4-23 campaign from the bench as a redshirt. Now Hamilton is an 18.5 ppg scorer on a team of overachieving giant-slayers, and he has support too. Nick Stallings, a 6-1 pickup from last season, is averaging 18.4 ppg, making the Gents' backcourt the most potent in the conference.
Speaking of 10-win seasons, LaTech had one too in 2006-07. That was enough of Keith Richard, and the school brought in Kerry Rupp, who had notably interimed for Rick Majerus during his 2004 health problems, leading the Utes to the NCAA Tournament. It's virtually guaranteed that Rupp's first season in Ruston won't result in postseason anything -- the Bulldogs are 1-6 and have already provided thrilling wins for the likes of Southeast Missouri and Arkansas-Pine Bluff. On the year, the Bulldogs are shooting at a .334 average, which will get you a pay hike in baseball but a seat on the bench in this sport (there are only two teams shooting a worse FG percentage: UMES and North Florida). Bobby Knight's Texas Tech team -- the one Centenary beat -- ripped LTU apart 86-31 last week. Get your kicks in now, Centenary, the Bulldogs won't stay down for long.
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