On Saturday, Louisiana travels to Murphy Center to take on Middle Tennessee State. It starts at 6:30 EST. The Ragin Cajuns fell to the Blue Raiders 72-58 on November 29th and are 0-5 against them over the last four years.
Louisiana is in 8th place in the Sun Belt, Middle Tennessee State is in 1st place.
In their last outing, despite 14 points from Elfrid Payton, the Ragin Cajuns fell to Western Kentucky 72-49 on January 17th. With 5.2 assists per game and 2.3 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. For the Blue Raiders, Trantell Knight put up 10 points and 6 rebounds in the 82-50 blowout of Arkansas-Little Rock on January 17th. He is averaging 5.6 points per game in addition to a team-best 1.6 steals per game. One category in which Middle Tennessee State is especially proficient is offensive rebounding percentage at 38.7, ranking 1st in their conference (and 22nd nationally).
StatSmack! Louisiana is better than Middle Tennessee State
Louisiana takes less vacation, with more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Middle Tennessee State (2 vs 0).
You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Louisiana currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (970 to 961) than Middle Tennessee State, per the NCAA.
The Louisiana blocks leader (Shawn Long) has more blocks than the Middle Tennessee State blocks leader (Shawn Jones).
Bryant Mbamalu is ranked 6th in the Sun Belt in points and 9th in the Sun Belt in three-pointers.