30 Opponents in 30(ish) Days - Day 3: Louisiana-Lafayette

Gregory Shamus

Ragin' Cajuns Y'all.

Normally I won't be posting these on Fridays, however, with the bye week and a couple of days that I'll have to make up to get the 30 in 30(ish) days to be a true headline I present to you the third installment of primers on the Men's Basketball opponents this season.

Team: Louisiana-Lafayette
Date/Time: 11-17/4:00 pm
Where: Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas
Coach: Bob Marlin
Number of returning starters: 4
Key losses: Alan-Michael Thompson (Europe)
Key returnees: Elfrid Payton, Shawn Long

Bob Marlin enters his 4th year as head coach of the Ragin' Cajuns, returning 4 starters from a team that went 8-12 in Sun Belt Conference play and 13-20 overall. They lose arguably their most athletic player in Alan-Michael Thompson, yet return the bulk of their scoring with both Elfrid Payton and Shawn Long averaging nearly 16 points each.

Marlin might be a familiar face to a select few of you as he coached Sam Houston State from 1998 until 2010, making an impressive two NCAA tournament appearances with the Bearkats including a 25-8 record and first place in the Southland conference in 2010 before making the jump to Louisiana-Lafayette. Easily their most valuable asset, I don't think any amount of coaching skill should be able to overcome our Baylor Bears with Marlin's current roster.

Last year, Louisiana-Lafayette averaged almost 71 points but shot an abysmal 42% from the field. They weren't that great at rebounding either, and well ... there's a reason this team ended the season 13-20.

We'll most likely see a quick start from the Ragin' Cajuns, as well as a handful of mini-runs in the first half, but this game, as most, will be overcome by our bigs. Expect a monster game from Cory Jefferson and a stat stuffed game from Ishmail Wainwright as well as extended time for the younger players on our roster.

Prediction: Baylor 84 Lousiana-Lafayette 63

TL;DR version: You're going to hear the names "Payton" and "Long" but ... it's Baylor vs. Lousiana-Lafayette. Come on now. Bears big.

As always be sure to write your predictions below for a chance to win a prize, like so:

Subject: Baylor 84 Lousiana-Lafayette 63
Body: My commentary about your commentary is absolutely commentary.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Our Daily Bears

You must be a member of Our Daily Bears to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Our Daily Bears. You should read them.

Join Our Daily Bears

You must be a member of Our Daily Bears to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Our Daily Bears. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker