The Youngstown State Penguins will venture on the road to take on the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns in early season action Friday night from the Cajundome. The Penguins logged a 12-20 regular-season record last year and lost 78-55 to Louisville in their latest action. The Ragin' Cajuns went 19-13 last season and fell 98-65 to Louisville in their previous game.
Youngstown Thumped by #5 Louisville
The Youngstown State Penguins remain on the road after losing 78-55 to #5 Louisville in their previous action this past Sunday. The Penguins were huge 26 point dogs in the defeat, but to their credit, they actually out-rebounded the Cardinals. Darius Quisenberry leads the way with an average of 12.5 points on a poor 38.5% clip from the field. The sophomore guard will be one to watch as the season unfolds. He averaged 13.8 points in a very promising freshman season.
Naz Bohannon was a bright spot in the defeat to Louisville, registering 14 points and eight rebounds. The junior forward finished with an average of over eight rebounds in each of his first two seasons, and he has collected 16 rebounds in two games this year. Overall, the Penguins' rebounding has been a strength. Junior guard Jamir Thomas has accumulated 19 rebounds in two games.
Youngstown State recorded a 101-53 win against DIII Thiel College in their season opener. The Penguins were voted to finish in sixth place in the Horizon League preseason poll, although I believe they will surprise some teams. Ken Pomeroy has them placed at 216th in his ratings. The Penguins averaged 75.5 points last year, ranking them 99th overall. They conceded an average of 78.9 points, placing them 332nd overall.
Ragin' Cajuns Fall to TCU in First Defeat of Season
The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns have won two of their first three games. They opened with an easy win against NAIA member Loyola New Orleans and beat McNeese 85-80 in their home opener. The Ragin’ Cajuns had no chance in a rough 98-65 road loss to TCU on Tuesday night in a matchup that had Louisiana as 17 point dogs.
Jalen Johnson is red-hot, scoring at least 20 points in all three games this season which included 21 points in the loss to TCU. The junior forward transferred from St. Louis and his experience is helping a team that lost several players from last year’s squad. Johnson is averaging 21.3 points and a team-leading 6.7 rebounds per game.
Cedric Russell is also viewed as a leader on this team. The junior guard averaged 9.7 points last season, and all early indicates show he should post a sizeable increase in production this year. Russell is logging an average of 17 points on a stellar 51% field goal efficiency.
The Ragin’ Cajuns were selected to finish in 5th place in the Sun Belt preseason poll, and they are placed at 269th overall in Ken Pomeroy's rankings.Louisiana is scoring an average of 81.7 points, placing them 88th overall. The Ragin' Cajuns have squandered an average of 81.7 points, pegging them down at 322nd in the country.
The Youngstown State Penguins are:
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games.
- 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games against a team with a winning record.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
The top supporting trends found on covers.com are as follows: The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns are:
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
- 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight-up loss of more than 20 points.