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In the penultimate game of the regular season, the Bobcats travel to Lafayette to face the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns in a pivotal game in our quest for a top 4 seed and a first round Sun Belt tournament bye.

The Bobcats are guaranteed to get a top 4 seed if they can win out in the final two games of the season, tonight's game is easily the stiffest test of the two. Louisiana has won 4 straight to get up to .500 in league play at 8-8.

The Cajuns have a big 3 of sorts with BYU transfer Frank Bartley, Jay Wright, and Bryce Washington. All 3 have started every game of the season and all 3 barely come off the floor (they all average 32+ minutes a game). Bartley leads the team in scoring at 15.9 PPG. He also shoots 37.5% from 3. Conley will likely be tasked with guarding Bartley as Black will have his hands full with Jay Wright. The PG is averaging 15.2 PPG and 4.1 APG. Both Bartley and Wright scored 20+ in the first meeting between these teams in San Marcos. Maybe the most dangerous player for us however is Bryce Washington. The 6-6 forward is averaging a double-double with 13.6 PPG and 11.3 RPG.

The Cajuns won the first meeting this season 79-73 in San Marcos in what was a very disappointing loss at the time. Wright had 23 and Bartley had 20 in that game. We'll need a better defensive performance from our backcourt to win tonight.

Tip-off is set for 7:15. This is a double-header with the women playing first at 5pm. The Cajuns are currently 6.5 point favorites.

Game is not televised but there is free video here:
http://www.ragincajuns.com/watch/?Live=762


Thu Mar 02, 2017 12:20 pm
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Current Standings:
Texas Arlington 13-3 (already clinched #1 seed)
Arkansas State 11-5
Georgia Southern 11-6
Georgia State 11-6
Texas State 10-6
Coastal Carolina 10-7
UL-Lafayette 8-8
Troy 8-8
South Alabama 6-10
Little Rock 5-11
Appalachian State 3-14
UL-Monroe 2-14


Thu Mar 02, 2017 12:22 pm
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Today's games with current odds:

Texas Arlington (-8) @
UL-Monroe
7:00

Little Rock @
South Alabama (-2.5)
7:05

Texas State @
UL-Lafayette (-6.5)
7:15

Arkansas State @
Troy (-2.5)
7:30 - ESPN3
Troy victory would help us out if we win tonight.


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Trap game. We'll need the starters to really show up for this one. :? :?


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They are on a 4-game win streak--I guarantee you ULaLa is 100% on the Bobcat radar. A trap game is against an opponent that would normally be cake, but is looked past to a stronger opponent. I seriously doubt there is a risk of ill-preparation or dismissive attitude, particularly since ULaLa is more difficult than Monroe.

This team is more mature than in the past. I'm less worried about attitude/focus issues creeping into their performance.

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Free stream from ULL:

http://www.ragincajuns.com/watch/?Live=762


Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:19 pm
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We led 99% of the half, but Cajuns hit a 3 at the buzzer to make it 36-33 ULL at halftime.

We finished the half with 0 starters on the floor. Tilbury and Pearson both had two early fouls and neither played the entire final 10 minutes of the half. One of those games where the officials call every little thing, which doesn't play into our style at all.

Pearson leads with 9 despite probably playing less than half of the half. We are getting outrebounded bad. King and Starwood need to nut up. They're getting pushed around down there.


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Black, Conley, Pearson, Tilbury all with 2 fouls. All sitting late in the half.

Yes those are our 4 best players.


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Troy up 26-12 on Arkansas State with 8 minutes left in the first half.

We need Troy to win


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53-48 TXST at the 13 minute mark. Need to stay out of foul trouble. Shooting over 60%. Defense suffering as we're trying not to foul.


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53-50 TXST at 12 minute mark.

Tilbury and Black with 3 fouls for TXST.
Jay Wright has 3 for ULL.


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58-52 Bobcats with 9:24 to go.

Pearson has 17, Tilbury has 12.


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7:26 left.

60-54 cats.


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Pearson and Jonathan Stove get offsetting technicals.

Stove fouls out. 4 on Pearson.


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And now Tilbury with 4.

3:45 left. 66-58 TXST.


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