Men’s basketball will travel to rematch Georgia State, Georgia Southern
Coming off a two-game homestand, the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns men’s basketball team will hit the road again for rematches against the Georgia State Panthers and the Georgia Southern Eagles.
The Cajuns will be looking for revenge on Saturday, as the first meeting between the Cajuns and Panthers did not go well for the Cajuns: Georgia State put up 101 points on the Cajuns in the Cajundome, while also allowing the Panthers to shoot 62 percent from the field.
It was the first time in nearly 27 years that a Cajun opponent had scored more than 100 points on the Cajuns at home.
The Panthers are led by senior forward Jeremy Hollowell, who is averaging 14.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. He is also ranked fifth in the Sun Belt Conference in points per game.
The Panthers also get big contributions from freshman guard D’Marcus Simonds, who was a four-star recruit coming out of highschool and regarded as a top 80 player in the country. Simonds is averaging 12 points per game and is shooting 56 percent from the field. Simonds also had a team high 24 points against the Cajuns in their first matchup.
Following the matchup with Georgia State, the Cajuns will take the three-hour trip south to Statesboro, Georgia, for a Monday-night rematch with the Georgia Southern Eagles.
The Eagles are a team that features the top-two scorers in the conference in sophomore guards Ike Smith and Tookie Brown. Smith, who is a prime candidate for conference player of the year, is leading the conference in scoring with 19.3 points per game while also pulling down 5.1 rebounds per game. Brown is the second leading scorer in the conference at 18.7 points per game while also dishing out 4.1 assists per game.
Smith torched the Cajuns for 28 points in their first meeting, while Brown contributed 19 as the two guard combined for nearly 60 percent of their team’s points in the Eagles 81-76 victory earlier in the year.
Both matchups are important for the conference standings as both the Panthers and the Eagles are atop the conference. The Panthers are also on a five-game win streak.
The Cajuns, meanwhile, are trying to consistently play well on a game by game basis. They are lead by three players in the top 15 in the conference in scoring by: junior guard Frank Bartley (15.4 points per game), senior guard Jay Wright (14.5 points per game) and junior forward Bryce Washington (14 points per game).
Washington is averaging a double-double on the year with 14.1 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. Washington is first in the conference in rebounds per game and is tied for second nationally in double-doubles with Purdue sophomore forward Caleb Swanigan.