LAFAYETTE – The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns men’s basketball team opens a four-game season game on Thursday when it faces Troy in a battle at the Sun Belt Conference at Cajundome.
The match is scheduled to start at 19:00. The game will be streamed live on ESPN+ with commentary by Dan McDonald (pxp) and Eric Mouton (color). Fans can listen to the game on KPEL-FM (96.5) and on the Varsity Network, where Jay Walker will host the game.
SBC co-leader Louisiana (16-4, 6-2 Sun Belt) returns to his home floor for the first time since defeating Georgia State 78-70 on Jan. 7. The Ragin’ Cajuns ended a historic four game run. Cleaning SBC roads after beating Texas State 60-51 last Saturday. The sweep was Louisiana’s first since a five-game sweep in the 1976-77 season.
Singles tickets can be purchased at the Louisiana Athletics Box Office at Cajundome and can be purchased from the Account Manager. For more information, call the Louisiana Athletics Box Office at Cajundome at (337) 265-2104.
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GAME 21 PREVIEW – Louisiana (16-4, 6-2 SBC) vs. Troy (13-8, 5-3 SBC)
Date Time: January 26, 2023 / 7:00 pm
Site: Lafayette, La.
Arena: Cajundom (12 362)
TV SET: ESPN+
Talent: Dan McDonald (pxp), Eric Mouton (color)
Radio: KPEL-FM 96.5 / University network
Talent: Jay Walker (pxp)
LIVE STATISTICS / SOCIAL NETWORKS
Live stats: CajunStats.com
Twitter updates: @RaginCajunsMBB | #GeauxCajuns
General: Louisiana leads, 21-6
In Lafayette: Louisiana leads, 11-4
In Troy: Louisiana leads, 8-2
On neutral grounds: Louisiana leads 2-0
Strip: Louisiana +7
Last meeting: Louisiana 66–57 (03/06/22, Pensacola, FL)
Main coach: Bob Marlin (M.S. 1981)
Recording in Louisiana: 237-171 (season 13); First division record: 462-302 (season 25);
Career record: 585-337 (Season 30)
Main coach: Scott Cross (Utah, Arlington, 1998)
Recording in Troy: 53-59 (season four) Career record: 278-220 (Season 16)
• Louisiana kicks off its season four-game game starting Thursday when it hosts Troy in the Sun Belt conference game.
• Louisiana have reached the home stretch of the 2022-23 regular season, where they have played seven of their last 10 home games.
• Louisiana’s 16 wins in 2022-23 are equal to last season’s total and one less than in 2020-21 (17-9).
• Thursday’s game was the first since Louisiana won 66-57 in the semi-finals of the 2022 Sun Belt Conference Championship.
• With the win, Louisiana head coach Bob Marlin will tie JC “Dutch” Reinhardt for second on the school’s career wins list (238).
• Louisiana’s next win will officially be SBC’s 300th win.
• Louisiana used the same starting lineup – Temus Fulks, Kentrell Garnett, Greg Williams Jr., Terence Lewis II and Jordan Brown – in all 20 games of the 2022-23 season.
• Louisiana, with nine road wins (7 road, 2 neutral) against Kajand, is tied for second nationally behind Purdue and North Texas (10).
• Louisiana went four games on the road, their first ever conference record and the first since the 1976-77 season. the team went undefeated in five games.
• Kentrell Garnett enters the game as the active NCAA career leader in three-point field goal percentage (.460).
• Jordan Brown scored 809 points in his Louisiana uniform and 1,153 points in his college career.
• Brown was one of five players to average 19 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a block per game, along with Drew Timme (Gonzaga), Trace Jackson-Davies (Indiana), Jake Stevens ( Chattanooga”) and Drew Pember (“North Carolina” in Asheville). .
• Louisiana’s Themus Fulks ranks sixth among Division I players in total assists (128) and assists per game (6.4).
• Terence Lewis II is fourth in the Sun Belt Conference and 13th among NCAA Division I players in field goal percentage (.641).
• Louisiana enter Thursday’s game seventh among 352 Division I programs in three-point field goal percentage (.396), ninth in field goal percentage (.495), and 15th in field goal percentage (.561).
• Louisiana ranks 23rd nationally in rebounding (+6.4), 26th in offensive scoring (80.0), and 34th in assists per game (15.7).
• With 462 Division I wins, head coach Bob Marlin is 31st among current coaches.
• Among current coaches who have spent their entire careers in Division I, Marlin is 21st overall with 462 wins.
• Louisiana went 32-of-52 (.615) from the floor at the January 12 ULM tournament. It was the third match of the 2022-2023 season to break the 60 percent mark and it was the best result against the Sun Belt team since the throw. 617 (29 of 47) against Little Rock in 2017.
• On November 17, Marlin scored his 450th career Division I win, 94-88 against Louisiana Tech in 25 seasons.
• Marlin was 123-35 in five seasons (1990-95) at Pensacola Junior College, leading the team to the 1993 NJCAA National Championship.
• Marlin is the all-time leader in Sun Belt Conference wins with a record of 133-93.
• Brown ranks 11th in the nation in free throw attempts (138) and 30th in free throw attempts (93).
• Under head coach Bob Marlin, the Ragin’ Cajuns are 16-8 overall in one-point games and 60-53 overall in school history.
• Eight of the 14 Louisiana players on the 2022-23 roster are state products.
• Six of the 14 players on the 2022-23 squad are rookies.
AWESOME CAJUN CHICKEN IS BACK IN FEBRUARY. four
• The bird returned to spend one night at the Cajundome.
• For almost two decades, Fabulous Cajun Chicken has delighted Ragin’ Cajun sports audiences with its unique comedy, endless cast of characters, and the level of jocularity it brings to its game on and off the field.
• On Saturday, February 4, when the UL basketball team plays Marshall at 7:00 pm in the Sun Belt Conference’s key game, Chicken will be back on the court for one night. It’s a good bet that chaos will result.
• This evening also hosts Veterans Night, when UL coach Bob Marlin and the Cajun program honor senior members of the 2022-23 basketball team. For Fabulous Cajun Chicken, it almost fits.
• In addition to the Senior Night celebration, UL is also offering special tickets for the February 4 game. Visit RaginCajuns.com/chicken [ragincajuns.com] for ticket information.
CLOSING TO 300 SBC WINS
• Louisiana enters Thursday’s game with Troy one win short of officially reaching 300 wins.
• The Ragin’ Cajuns are 299-217 in league games in school history and have won 10 or more league games 19 times since the 1991-92 season.
• On Saturday (January 28), Louisiana will continue its four-game home game when they host Georgia South at 7:00 pm.
• Louisiana will end its four-game home stage next week against Texas State (Feb. 2) and Marshall on Senior Citizens’ Day, Feb. 4.