Two days after one of the most humbling losses in the Bob Marlin era, the UL Ragin’ Cajuns hope to rebound when they travel to meet Georgia Southern in Statesboro, Georgia, at 3 p.m. Saturday.
That won’t be an easy chore, however, for many reasons.
For one, it’s the third game of a three-game road trip. Even at the NBA level, the ears perk up for heavily-invested wagers in those scenarios.
ATLANTA — Sooner or later, a basketball team can only absorb so many injuries.
Secondly, the well-documented injury situation that has inflicted Marlin’s Cajuns this season makes any wins difficult to get at this point, especially on the road.
In Thursday’s 90-52 loss at Georgia State in a game UL trailed by as many as 45, the Cajuns only had seven scholarship players available and nine total players dressed out for the game.
UL lost transfer Durey Cadwell for the season before the opener, then Javonne Lowery and Kobe Julien went down indefinitely with injuries during the season. Senior guard P.J. Hardy was initially suspended and is now injured to make a waste of his final collegiate campaign so far.
Sophomore point guard Trajan Wesley suffered a blow to the head the week before and remains out, and most recently freshman guard Mylik Wilson, who had scored a total of 48 points to ignite a pair of UL wins this past weekend, is out with a knee sprain.
No lead is safe for UL’s basketball opponents of late.
Wilson is officially doubtful for Saturday's game. Both Wilson and Hardy are expected back next week.
The Cajuns only shot 28.8% from the field Thursday after a 3-for-29 start to the game, and only made 27.3% of their 3-point tries as well.
The other key numbers weren’t pretty either. Naturally, Georgia State’s bench outscored UL in a big way 40-12, as well as in the paint (36-18) and in points off turnovers (25-9).
Actually, the Cajuns did win one major category, outrebounding Georgia State 32-31.
Truthfully, this team could use a break but is not going to get one in this trip to Statesboro.
Georgia Southern is giving up three more rebounds a game so far this season, so perhaps that’s an area that could benefit UL in this matchup.
BOONE, N.C. — UL’s basketball team withstood a 3-point barrage from Appalachian State in the first 12 minutes, and then turned things over to …
Georgia Southern is 10-7 overall and tied for second place in the Sun Belt standings with Georgia State with a 4-2 start.
The Eagles also sport a seasoned bunch led by Ike Smith (14.6 pts, 5.6 rebs), Elijah McCadden (13.0 pts, 5.2 rebs), Quan Jackson (10.6 pts, 4.8 rebs) and Isaiah Crawley (12.3 pts, 4.6 rebs).
Their two league losses so far this season were at Appalachian State and at Little Rock.
Depth-wise, the Cajuns will have access to only six players that have at least played 100 minutes this season, compared to Georgia Southern with 10 players.
When considering this will be UL’s fifth game in the last 10 days, it’s only fair to wonder if the Cajuns have much steam left on this road trip, even if they were healthy.
With 12 minutes to go in the second half and UL clinging to a two-point lead, the Ragin’ Cajuns needed a boost to pull through to potentially …
If UL is going to end this road trip with another gutsy win, like the 81-73 victory it got at Appalachian State on Monday, the Cajuns will likely need more consistent shooting from top scorer Jalen Johnson, who scored 12 points on 3-of-12 shooting from the field Thursday.
Also, Dou Gueye will have to pick up his game after scoring zero points in Thursday’s loss as a 10.1-point scorer so far this season.
It wasn’t the formula for success that UL’s basketball squad had anticipated, but nobody on the Ragin’ Cajuns bench is complaining now that th…