Coming off its first Sun Belt Conference win of the season, the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Men’s Basketball team makes a quick turnaround as it returns to action on Monday when it battles league foe Appalachian State at the Holmes Convocation Center.
Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT. The game can be heard in the Lafayette area on KPEL 96.5 FM and the KPEL 96.5 app. The game will also be available on AppVision with live results available at CajunStats.com.
Louisiana (6-9, 1-3 Sun Belt) claimed its first Sun Belt win of the season last Saturday after a 79-62 win over Troy. The Ragin’ Cajuns, who were limited to eight scholarship players after a rash of injuries, placed five players in double figures
Freshman Mylik Wilson recorded his first career double-double for Louisiana, setting career-bests in points (18) and rebounds (13). Dou Gueye came off the bench to add 16 points for the Ragin’ Cajuns with Tirus Smith (15), Cedric Russell (15) and freshman Calvin Temple (12) all scoring in double digits.
The game against App State (9-6, 3-1 Sun Belt) is the third of five for Louisiana in a nine-day period that includes upcoming games at Georgia State (Jan. 9) and Georgia Southern (Jan. 11).
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LOUISIANA (6-9, 1-3 Sun Belt) at APPALACHIAN STATE (9-6, 3-1 Sun Belt)
Date / Time: January 6, 2020 / 6 p.m. CT
Site: Boone, N.C.
Arena: Holmes Convocation Center (8,375)
Radio: KPEL 96.5 FM
Talent: Ian Auzenne (PxP)
Talent: Kendall Lewis (PxP); John Reisterer (color)
LIVE STATS/SOCIAL MEDIA
Live Stats: CajunStats.com
Twitter Updates: @RaginCajunsMBB | #GeauxCajuns
Overall: Louisiana leads, 8-2
In Lafayette: Louisiana leads, 4-1
In Boone: Louisiana leads, 4-1
Streak: Appalachian State +2
LOUISIANA Head Coach: Bob Marlin (Mississippi State, 1981)
Record at Louisiana: 180-133 (10th season), Career Record: 528-299 (27th season)
APPALACHIAN STATE Head Coach: Dustin Kerns (Clemson, 2002)
Record at APP: 9-6 (first season), Career Record: 40-43 (third season)
• Monday’s game is the lone regular-season meeting between Louisiana and Appalachian State.
• Louisiana is holding opponents during the 2019-20 season to 31.1 percent (111-for-357) from behind the 3-point line - the fourth-lowest in the Sun Belt Conference.
• With 102 career wins in Sun Belt Conference play, head coach Bob Marlin can tie former Arkansas State coach Dickie Nutt for fourth-place on the league’s all-time list.
• Cedric Russell’s 155 career 3-pointers is tied for eighth place with former Ragin’ Cajun Frank Bartley (2016-18). Russell needs two treys to pass Conley Verdun (1995-97) for seventh-place on the school’s career list.
• Louisiana has rallied to win three games this season when trailing by double-digits. The Ragin’ Cajuns have earned wins over McNeese (13), Southeastern Louisiana (14) and Troy (10).
• Bob Marlin’s 102 victories in Sun Belt Conference play are the most by any active coach in the league and fifth in league history.
• Louisiana will dress eight scholarship players for Monday’s game after the injury to sophomore point guard Trajan Wesley (concussion) in last Thursday’s game against South Alabama.
• Louisiana returns 26.7 percent of its scoring (700 points) and 15.8 percent of its rebounds (181) from the 2018-19 campaign.
• Mylik Wilson leads all Sun Belt Conference freshmen in steals per game (2.3) and minutes played per game (32.9).
• The Ragin’ Cajuns have lost three scholarship players (Kobe Julien, Durey Cadwell and Javonne Lowery) for the season to knee injuries with senior P.J. Hardy (ankle) missing the last three games.
• Louisiana’s 20 points allowed in the second half against Troy were the fewest allowed this season in any half.
• Louisiana is ranked 32nd nationally in free throws made (236) and is 41st in free throws attempted (325).
• With his 400th win as a Division I coach on Nov. 5 against Loyola, Marlin became the 35th active NCAA Division I coach - and 224th overall in NCAA Division I history - to reach that mark.
• The 14-point deficit to SLU marked the second-largest comeback for the Ragin’ Cajuns in the Marlin era.
• Junior Dou Gueye is the third player from Senegal in Ragin’ Cajuns history - Vieux Kande (2013-15) and Khadim Kandji (2001-03).