Red-Hot Cajuns Go for Eighth Straight Win

LAFAYETTE, Louisiana – The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns go for their eighth straight win on Wednesday as they host Georgia State in the Cajundome. Louisiana is tied for the ninth-longest winning streak in the nation and won their last seven by 12.6 points per game.

Joe Charles earned LSWA Player of the Week honors for his efforts last week. The junior averaged 17.5 points and 13. rebounds in the team’s wins over ULM and South Alabama. He’s now up to nine double-doubles on the season, third-most in the Sun Belt Conference.

Last time out the Cajuns dominated on the glass in an 80-60 win over South Alabama. Louisiana won the battle on the boards as they outrebounded the Jags 49-30. Charles, Kobe Julien, and Hosana Kitenge each recorded a double-double, becoming the first time since March 6, 2021, that the Cajuns had three players do so in the same game when Theo Akwuba, Dou Gueye, and Mylik Wilson did so against South Alabama.

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Georgia State comes into Wednesday after losing six straight. They’ve been outscored 80.5 to 72.3 in that stretch playing four of those games on the road. The Panthers are led on the offensive end by Wake Forest transfer Lucas Taylor at 14.8 points per game. Three others average double figures for the Panthers including Toneari Lane (12.9), Dwon Odom (12.4), and Jay’Den Turner (10.2).

Story Lines
• The Cajuns currently rank first in the SBC in three-point shooting percentage (.369) and third in field goal percentage (.465) and can repeat as SBC Champions in both. They look to become the first team since Denver (2008-12) to repeat as the best shooting team from three-point range and the first team since Georgia State (2013-15) to repeat as field goal percentage champions. No team has ever repeated as field goal and three-point percentage champions in SBC history.
• Louisiana has won seven straight games convincingly. During that streak they have led by 242:24 and trailed for just 13:09. They’ve scored an average of 80.7 points per game and allowed just 68.1 points per game. The streak is tied for the ninth longest in the country.
• Kobe Julien is closing in on becoming the 51st player in program history with 1,000 career points. The junior, who leads the SBC at 18.1 points per game, is at 980 for his Cajun career.
• Louisiana leads the SBC in three-point percentage offense (.369) and defense (.267). The team is second in the nation in defending the three-point line. The Ragin’ Cajuns are also one of four schools in the country to lead their conference in both statistics along with Butler (Big East), Columbia (Ivy), and Colgate (Patriot).
• Georgia State (.752) and Louisiana (.745) are the top two free throw shooting teams in the SBC, even though both are in the bottom four in the league in attempts.

GAME 24 PREVIEW – Louisiana (15-8, 8-3 SBC) vs. Georgia State (9-13, 4-7 SBC)
February 7, 2024 / 7 p.m.
Site: Lafayette, Louisiana
Arena: Cajundome (12,362)

??Talent: Dan McDonald (pxp), Eric Mouton (analyst)
Radio: KPEL-FM 96.5 /  The Varsity Network
Talent: Jay Walker (pxp)

Live Stats:
Twitter Updates: @RaginCajunsMBB | #GeauxCajuns

Overall: Georgia State leads, 17-8
In Lafayette: Louisiana leads, 6-4
In Atlanta: Georgia State leads, 9-4
At Neutral Sites: Georgia State leads, 4-1
Streak: Louisiana +1

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