Something’s got to give here. Louisiana Monroe has lost five in a row while the Ragin’ Cajuns are riding a four-game losing streak. Both of these teams have won just two of their first nine conference games and they come into this matchup tied for last place in the Sun Belt standings. Can the Ragin’ Cajuns get back on the winning track at home against Louisiana Monroe on Saturday night?
Warhawks can't stop slide, lose fifth straightLouisiana Monroe pushed its current slide to five games on Saturday with a 78-58 loss against the UT-Arlington Mavericks. Tyree White scored 18 points and JD Williams chipped in 14 points for the Warhawks, who shot just 3-for-18 from long-range and 13-for-21 from the free-throw line in the loss.
Keith Richard’s squad comes into the weekend ranked No. 262 in the latest KenPom rankings after extending their losing streak to a season-worst five games. Louisiana Monroe has scored 97.6 points per 100 possessions for the season (254th in the NCAA) while turning the ball over 21.4 percent of the time (300th in the NCAA). The Warhawks have managed to cut down on their turnover rate during league play but they are still averaging just 98.5 points per 100 possessions versus Sun Belt opponents (8th in the Sun Belt). Louisiana Monroe owns an effective field goal percentage of 50.9 percent during conference play (3rd in the Sun Belt) and they have shot a healthy 36.8 percent from 3-point range (2nd in the Sun Belt) through nine league contests. However, turnovers and a league-worst offensive rebounding rate have limited their efficiency on offense.
Defensively, the Warhawks have surrendered 105.8 points per 100 possessions for the season (254th in the NCAA) and that number has jumped to a dismal 107.1 points per 100 possessions versus Sun Belt opponents (12th in the Sun Belt). Louisiana Monroe has allowed league opponents to shoot a red-hot 51.9 percent from 2-point range so far this year (10th in the Sun Belt).
Ragin' Cajuns extend losing streak to four gamesLouisiana extended its current slide to four games on Saturday night with a 68-59 loss at home against Texas State. Jalen Johnson scored a team-high 18 points while PJ Hardy and Dou Gueye scored 11 points apiece for the Ragin’ Cajuns, who shot 35.7 percent from the field on the night.
The Ragin’ Cajuns have scored 97.6 points per 100 possessions (257th in the NCAA) but that number has dropped all the way down to 92.9 points per 100 possessions during conference play (12th in the Sun Belt). Through nine conference games, Louisiana owns an effective field goal percentage of 43.4 percent (12th in the Sun Belt) and they have turned the ball over 21.2 percent of the time (9th in the Sun Belt). They have shot just 43.0 percent from inside the arc (12th in the Sun Belt) and 29.3 percent from 3-point range (11th in the Sun Belt) during league play. Instead, the Ragin’ Cajuns have been forced to make up points on the offensive glass, where they have hauled in 33.6 percent of their missed field goal attempts (3rd in the Sun Belt).
On defense, Louisiana has given up 106.2 points per 100 possessions for the season (266th in the NCAA) and 105.1 points per 100 possessions during conference play (9th in the Sun Belt). Opposing teams own an effective field goal percentage of 52.1 percent (12th in the Sun Belt) and have shot a red-hot 52.4 percent from inside the arc (12th in the Sun Belt) against the Ragin’ Cajuns’ defense.