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ULM (7-9) at Louisiana (12-9)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 1, 8:15 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Cajundome (12,068) -- Lafayette, Louisiana. Television: None. Home Record: ULM 4-4, Louisiana 8-2. Away Record: ULM 3-5, Louisiana 3-7. Neutral Record: ULM 0-0, Louisiana 1-0. Conference Record: ULM 4-4, Louisiana 3-5. Series Record: Louisiana leads, 48-19.

GAME NOTES: In a rivalry rematch, the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns seek revenge against the ULM Warhawks when the two teams meet in Sun Belt Conference action at the Cajundome on Saturday night.

On Jan. 4 , the teams squared off in Monroe in a double-overtime marathon, which ULM claimed with a 103-98 triumph. Louisiana still leads the all-time series by a dominating margin of 48-19.

ULM comes into this contest with a bit of momentum, as it took down Arkansas State on Thursday, 72-65. The win was the third in the last five games for the Warhawks, who are just 7-9 overall, but an even 4-4 in league play. They visit Texas State next.

Louisiana was also in action on Thursday, but it was handed an 80-69 loss on the road by Arkansas-Little Rock. The Ragin' Cajuns have dropped three straight and four of their last five overall, falling to 12-9 on the season and 3-5 in conference. They get right back on the road for their next two bouts against Texas-Arlington and Texas State.

Tylor Ongwae led four players in double figures with 17 points to push ULM past Arkansas State. The Warhawks connected on 46.3 percent of their shots from the floor, while outscoring the Red Wolves a staggering 40-10 in the paint.

Ongwae (16.2 ppg) is used to doing the heavy lifting on offense for the Warhawks, as he is the leader among a pair of double-digit scorers. Amos Olatayo (13.2 ppg) is the other, but he missed the ASU game and is listed as questionable for this bout with a sprained right knee. Marvin Williams (8.6 ppg) stepped up his game in Olatayo's absence on Thursday, finishing with 16 points. Jayon James (9.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 4.4 apg) is a well-rounded player. He proved it on Thursday, scoring nine points, collecting seven rebounds and dishing seven assists.

Louisiana entered halftime tied with UALR 39-39, but the Cajuns couldn't keep up in the second half. They only connected on 37.7 percent of their shots from the floor in the final 20 minutes, while the Trojans improved from 38.5 percent to 55.6 percent.

The Ragin' Cajuns were missing one of their most important players on Thursday, as leading scorer and rebounder Shawn Long (20.2 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 3 bpg) was held out for undisclosed reasons. His status remains uncertain for Saturday's duel, which would obviously be a major loss as he leads the Sun Belt in both rebounds and blocks. Elfrid Payton (19.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 6 apg) is another strong performer, who will have to shoulder even more of the load if Long is out. He was able to score 20 points and match five rebounds with as many assists in Thursday's loss.

Last time these teams met it took two overtimes for them to settle their differences. Now that Louisiana has the homecourt edge, expect it to come out on top, even if Long is unable to go.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Louisiana 75, ULM 69

02/01 11:55:04 ET

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Local
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
Final
CHI 103
NYK 97
Final
HOU 90
NOP 99
3rd
SAC 67
MIL 65
 
2nd
GSW 60
OKC 52
 
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
Final
SDKST 75
IDST 72
 
Final
RIDE 62
MRGST 48
 
Final
LATU 79
NICST 54
 
Final
CHAR 75
APP 65
Final
MISS 71
CCAR 68
 
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
Final
BRAD 80
EUREK 38
 
Final
PEAY 76
OAKC 52
 
Final
JST 66
SMISS 46
 
Final
SD 55
MNTST 53
 
Final
UAB 70
LSU 79
Final
EVAN 81
OHIO 69
 
2nd
CSFU 62
CSDH 43
 
2nd
ORST 65
DEP 42
 
2nd
PAC 48
NEV 41
 
2nd
USF 77
PORST 35
 
2nd
IDAHO 75
WALLA 31
 
2nd
UTST 37
CALST 28
 
Final
PIT 1
COL 0
Final
PHI 1
FLA 2
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
CLB 4
WAS 5
Final
MON 1
ANA 2
2nd
SJS 1
EDM 1
 
2nd
LOS 1
STL 3
 
Final
JAC 21
TEN 13