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

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The UL-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns men's basketball team has been tabbed as the preseason favorite to win the Sun Belt Conference title, according to the preseason coaches' poll released Wednesday.

Georgia State, UL-Monroe, Arkansas State and Little Rock round out the top five.

The coaches also picked UL senior forward/center Shawn Long as a preseason first-team all-conference player.

The Ragin' Cajuns return all of their starters from a squad that went 22-14 overall, 13-7 in the conference and finished fourth in the Sun Belt standings. UL advanced to the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament last season before it lost to eventual tournament champion Evansville.

Long was first-team all-conference last season after he averaged 16.4 points per game and led the conference with 10.2 rebounds per game. Also returning for UL this year are junior Hayward Register (6.7 ppg, 37.6%, 62 3FGM), senior Kasey Shepherd (9.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.8 spg), sophomore Bryce Washington (6.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg) and junior Jay Wright (9.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.6 apg).