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Leader photo by O.K. DAVIS Guards Kenneth “Speedy” Smith (right) of Louisiana Tech University and Rashard McGill (12) of the University of Southern Mississippi will be chasing after the basketball in tonight’s second-round National Invitational Tournament game in Hattiesburg. McGill was one of the heroes in the Golden Eagles’ 78-71 first-round win over Charleston Southern and Smith played a big role in the Bulldogs’ initial round triumph of 71-66 against Florida State.

Louisiana Tech University’s Bulldogs hope to be in the “zone” against the University of Southern Mississippi’s zone tonight (ESPNU, 9 p.m.).

It’s no secret: the Golden Eagles’ defensive game plan in the second-round NIT game at Reed Green Coliseum in Hattiesburg will be setting up in a zone.

“They’ll do it the entire game, I’m sure,” said Bulldogs’ Head Coach Michael White. “That’s what Donnie (Tyndall USM head coach) has implemented for so long and has done such a terrific job with it

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