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Cajuns in Texas to Face UTA Thursday

Posted at 6:12 PM, Feb 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-20 19:39:23-05

ARLINGTON, Texas (Press Release) – The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns men’s basketball team begins a two-game road trip on Thursday when it visits UT Arlington in a Sun Belt Conference game at College Park Center.

Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. The will be streamed live on ESPN+ with Ron Thulin (pxp) and Mike Petersen (color) on the call. Fans can listen to the game in the Lafayette area on KHXT-FM (107.9), ESPN 1420 AM and worldwide on with Jay Walker (PxP) and Ross Cook (color) providing the commentary.

Louisiana (15-10, 6-6 SBC) won its second straight game and evened its league record after an 83-76 victory over ULM last Saturday at the Cajundome. Marcus Stroman and JaKeenan Gant combined for 42 points with Justin Miller hauling in 12 rebounds as the Ragin’ Cajuns shot 50-percent from the floor and moved into a three-way tie with Coastal Carolina and ULM for fifth-place in the Sun Belt standings.

Gant, fourth in the league in scoring and second in rebounds, leads Louisiana in scoring (21.0) and rebounds (8.3) while averaging 3.0 blocks per game. Stroman, whose five 20-point games in his career have been recorded this season, is averaging 12.2 points for the Ragin’ Cajuns and a SBC-best 6.4 assists per contest.

Under first-year coach Chris Ogden, UTA (12-14, 8-5 SBC) struggled through its rugged non-conference schedule, posting a 5-10 record that included games against Power 5 programs Indiana, Arkansas, Missouri and Texas, plus top-5 ranked Gonzaga.

The Mavs won eight of nine games in Sun Belt Conference play after an 0-2 start before narrow losses on the road last week at Little Rock (56-52) and Arkansas State (83-79).

Brian Warren leads UTA in scoring at 14.6 points per game with Edric Dennis next at 14.4. As a team, UTA is averaging 67.8 points per game while allowing 69.8. Andres Ibarguen pulls down a team-high 7.2 rebounds per game for the Mavs with Warren leading the team in assists (94) and steals (29).