Ragin’ Cajuns land spot in CollegeInsider.com tournament, will travel to Incarnate Word _lowres

Advocate file photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- UL-Lafayette forward Shawn Long

LAFAYETTE — The season isn’t over yet for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette men’s basketball team.

Coach Bob Marlin confirmed Sunday that the team accepted an invitation to play in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The Cajuns’ first game will come on the road against Incarnate Word (18-10, 10-8 Southland) at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

“We’re very excited,” Marlin said.

Marlin said he’d hoped the Cajuns would get to host the first round, but the Cajuns would have had to book the Cajundome on Saturday after their loss to Georgia State in the Sun Belt Conference tournament.

The Cajuns missed a scheduling deadline and had to play their first tournament game on the road.

“Hopefully we’ll get to host a following round,” Marlin said.

To do that, the Cajuns are going to have to get past Incarnate Word in San Antonio.

The Cardinals are making their first appearance in a postseason tournament since joining the NCAA ranks before the 2013-14 season. UIW is led by senior guard Denzel Livingston, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard who averaged 22 points per game this season and topped 30 points on six occasions.

“We are extremely excited to be hosting a first round contest in the CIT,” Incarnate Word Athletic Director John Williams said in a press release. “Being in only the second year of the four-year transition into Division I and hosting a postseason contest is a great accomplishment.”

The Cajuns closed the regular season on a six game winning streak and won their first conference tournament game. But they lost a chance to punch a return ticket to the NCAA tournament when eventual SBC tournament champion Georgia State clipped them 83-79 in the semifinals.

The CIT comprises a field of 32 teams from non-BCS conferences, and each of the games is played at an on-campus site.

Unlike the NCAA or NIT tournaments, the CIT bracket is not rigid, and second-round matchups are finalized after the results of the previous round to minimize travel costs for those teams involved.