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• What: UL-Lafayette (27-6) at LSU (17-14)
• When: 6 p.m. Wednesday
• Where: Pete Maravich Assembly Center
• All-time series: LSU leads 36-10
• Last meeting: LSU 66, UL-Lafayette 58 (Dec. 1, 2009)
• Streaking: UL-Lafayette (L1), LSU (L1)
• TV: None
• Online: ESPN3.com (Drew Fellios, play-by-play; Bob Valvano)
• Radio: WDGL-FM, 98.1; WWWL-AM, 1350; KLWB-FM, 103.7 (Chris Blair, play-by-play; John Brady, analyst)
• In game Twitter updates: @MicklesAdvocate, @RabalaisAdvocate
• Up next: TBA
After not meeting for more than eight years, UL-Lafayette and LSU will get together on the basketball court in a National Invitation Tournament first-round game. The teams played five times in the 2000s, but are anything but strangers with the campuses just 58 miles apart. UL-Lafayette captured the Sun Belt Conference regular-season title and was heavily favored to win the league tournament and auto bid to the NCAA tournament before being eliminated in the semifinals by UT Arlington. The Ragin’ Cajuns received an automatic NIT berth by virtue of winning the conference in the regular season. LSU, which won seven more games overall and six more games in Southeastern Conference play over the previous season, fell in a second-round game against Mississippi State in the league tournament last Thursday. LSU, which is seeded third in its NIT quadrant, had seven wins over top-50 RPI teams.
• TO THE POSTSEASON: LSU is making its first postseason appearance since the 2014-15 season when the Tigers played in the NCAA tournament. LSU fell 66-65 on a North Carolina State basket with 0.1 seconds to play.
• TIGERS HISTORY: LSU is 28-32 all-time in 28 previous postseason appearances — with 21 in the NCAA tournament and seven in the National Invitation Tournament. LSU is 24-24 in the Big Dance and 4-8 in the NIT.
• HOME SWEET HOME: Will Wade’s Tigers had a 13-4 record in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center this season, winning their final six Southeastern Conference games. LSU was 8-8 at home a year ago.
• THREE FOR TRE: LSU freshman point guard Tremont Waters needs just three points to join the school’s single-season 500-point club. Waters has been on a hot streak as of late and is averaging 22.5 points in his last six outings.
• MORE STEALS: Sophomore guard Skylar Mays, who was named Monday a second-team Academic All-America pick by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), has a 15-game streak with at least one steal.
By the numbers
0-3 — LSU’s record in the NIT in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The Tigers lost in the first round in 1982 and ’83 and in the second in 2002.
UL-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (27-6)
• G Marcus Stroman, 6-2, Jr., 6.7 ppg, 6.4 apg
• G Frank Bartley, 6-3, Sr., 17.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg
• G Malik Marquetti, 6-6, Jr., 8.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg
• F JaKeenan Gant, 6-8, Jr., 13.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg
• F Bryce Washington, 6-6, Sr., 10.5 ppg, 10.6 rpg
• G Johnathan Stove, 6-4, Sr., 9.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg
• G Cedric Russell, 6-2, Fr., 5.6 ppg, 1.1 rpg
• F Justin Miller, 6-7, So., 7.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg
LSU Tigers (17-14)
• G Tremont Waters, 5-11, Fr., 16.0 ppg, 5.9 apg
• G Skylar Mays, 6-4, So., 11.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg
• G Randy Onwuasor, 6-3, Sr., 4.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg
• F Aaron Epps, 6-10, Sr., 9.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg
• F Duop Reath, 6-11, Sr., 12.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg
• F Wayde Sims, 6-6, So., 5.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg
• G Daryl Edwards, 6-3, Jr., 6.9 ppg, 1.5 rpg
• G Brandon Rachal, 6-5, Fr., 4.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg