UL junior forward Shawn Long


Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajun men’s basketball team is back in action on Saturday night, when coach Bob Marlin’s squad travels to Arlington, Texas to take on the UT-Arlington Mavericks in a Sun Belt Conference tilt.

Tip-off time is scheduled for 7:15 pm, and you can hear all the play-by-play action on our sister-station, Hot 107.9 FM & 1079ishot.com, beginning, beginning with the pregame show at 6:45 pm.

The match-up will be the back-end of a women’s/men’s doubleheader, with the UL women taking on UT-Arlington at 5 o’clock.

Louisiana, who is coming off of an 64-42 home win over Texas St. on Thursday, is 15-12, overall, and 9-7 in league play, while UT-Arlington, who defeated Appalachian St., 81-68, on Thursday, is currently 15-10, overall, and 9-6 in Sun Belt Conference play.

UL currently sits in fifth-place in the Sun Belt Conference standings, while UT-Arlington. is one-half game ahead of the Cajuns, in fourth-place.

The Cajuns are outscoring the opposition, 78.4/70.9, while out-shooting foes from the floor, 46.3%/43.4%, and holding down a 39.4/33.4 rebounding edge.

UL is paced by junior forward Shawn Long, who leads the team in both scoring and rebounding, at 17.2 ppg, and 10.1 rpg, respectively, and senior forward Brian Williams, who is averaging 10.1 points, to go along with 3.7 rebounds a contest.

Louisiana is 4-8 on the road, including a 4-4 conference road mark.

The Mavericks are being out-scoring the opposition, 72.1/70.2, while out-shooting foes from the field, 44.1%/40.1%, and holding down a 37.1/36.4 rebounding advantage.

UT-Arlington is paced by senior guard Lonnie McClanahan, who is averaging 11.6 points and 3.3 rebounds-per-game, along with junior guard Johnny Hill, who is averaging 10.1 points, to go along with 4.3 rebounds a contest.

UT-Arlington won the first meeting between the two squads earlier this year, defeating Louisiana, 84-69, back on February 7 in Lafayette.