Ragin' Cajuns release 2014-2015 men's basketball schedule _lowres

Louisiana Lafayette forward Shawn Long (21) begins the celebration after defeating Georgia State in an NCAA college basketball game for the Sun Belt Conference tournament championship in New Orleans, Sunday, March 16, 2014. Louisiana Lafayette won 82-81. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

LAFAYETTE, La. – A trip to Las Vegas and 15 home games at the Cajundome highlight the 2014-15 Ragin’ Cajuns Men’s Basketball schedule, released Monday.

The Ragin’ Cajuns, whose 13 wins in the Cajundome were the most home wins in 23 years, will open the home schedule on Nov. 14 against Louisiana College following a Nov. 5 exhibition game against Loyola-New Orleans. That game will serve as the lone warm-up before the team jumps into the MGM Grand Main Event with four games going from Nov. 17-26.

The Main Event tips off for Louisiana with road games at Tulsa and Auburn on Nov. 17 and 21 before the team heads to Las Vegas the week of Nov. 24 at the MGM Grand Hotel for games against Oral Roberts and a Milwaukee squad that won 21 games a year ago.

“We are excited about the 2014-15 season and the challenge it presents,” Ragin' Cajuns coach Bob Marlin said. “We play an exciting non-conference schedule, highlighted by the MGM Grand Main Event in Las Vegas, which includes games against AAC member Tulsa and SEC member Auburn. In addition, our in-state non-conference schedule will be a challenging in itself with games against teams such as Northwestern State, McNeese State and Louisiana Tech.”

Following the Main Event, Louisiana returns home for four of its next five games, with a Dec. 6 road game at McNeese State sandwiched around home games against Jackson State (Dec. 3) and Louisiana Tech (Dec. 10).

The Cajuns will host Milligan College on December 17 before non-conference play ends with a road game at in-state opponent Northwestern State on Dec. 20.

Sun Belt competition then opens on Dec. 30 when the Cajuns travel to Little Rock to square off with UALR. All league teams will have to navigate a 20-game league slate that is made up of double-round robin play.

“Our conference schedule is unique this year with the 20-game schedule,” Marlin said. “It will be a grind for everyone, but will also be very competitive.”

January includes five home dates for Louisiana, as well as trips to SBC newcomers Appalachian State (Jan. 5) and Georgia Southern (Jan. 15). The Cajuns also take on defending SBC regular season champion Georgia State twice within a three-week span, with the Panthers coming to the Cajundome on Jan. 8 and the Ragin’ Cajuns returning the favor with a trip to Atlanta on Jan. 24.

The Ragin’ Cajuns will also host in-state rival ULM on Jan. 19 before heading north on Feb. 12 to close out the season series. February home games include looks at the four most recent additions to the Sun Belt: Appalachian State, UT Arlington Texas State and Georgia Southern.

The calendar then turns to March with the Ragin’ Cajuns wrapping up the home schedule on March 5 versus UALR, and the regular season on March 7 at Arkansas State.

Louisiana will then be charged with the task of defending its Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship when the SBC Tournament kicks off March 12 at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans.


2014-15 Louisiana Men’s Basketball Schedule

Date Opponent Time Location

Nov. 5 Loyola (Exh) 7:15 p.m. Lafayette

Nov. 14 Louisiana Colleg 7:00 p.m. Lafayette

Nov. 17 Tulsa TBD Tulsa, Okla.

Nov. 21 Auburn 7:00 p.m. Auburn, Ala.

Nov. 24-26 Oral Roberts# TBD Las Vegas, Nev.

Milwaukee# TBD Las Vegas, Nev.

Dec. 3 Jackson State 7:00 p.m. Lafayette

Dec. 6 McNeese State 7:00 p.m. Lake Charles, La.

Dec. 10 Louisiana Tech 7:00 p.m. Lafayette

Dec. 13 Centenary 2:00 p.m. Lafayette

Dec. 17 Milligan College 7:00 p.m. Lafayette

Dec. 20 Northwestern State TBD Natchitoches, La.

Dec. 30 UALR* TBD Little Rock, Ark.

Jan. 3 Troy* 7:15 p.m. Lafayette

Jan. 5 Appalachian State* TBD Boone, N.C.

Jan. 8 Georgia State* 7:15 p.m. Lafayette

Jan. 15 Georgia Southern* TBD Statesboro, Ga.

Jan. 17 South Alabama* TBD Lafayette

Jan. 19 ULM* 7:15 p.m. Lafayette

Jan. 22 Arkansas State* 7:15 p.m. Lafayette

Jan. 24 Georgia State* TBD Atlanta, Ga.

Jan. 29 South Alabama* TBD Mobile, Ala.

Jan. 31 Texas State* TBD San Marcos, Texas

Feb. 5 Appalachian State* 7:15 p.m. Lafayette

Feb. 7 UT-Arlington* 7:15 p.m. Lafayette

Feb. 12 ULM* TBD Monroe, La.

Feb. 14 Troy* TBD Troy, Ala.

Feb. 19 Texas State* 7:15 p.m. Lafayette

Feb. 21 UT-Arlington* TBD Arlington, Texas

Feb. 28 Georgia Southern* 7:15 p.m. Lafayette

March 5 UALR* 7:15 p.m. Lafayette

March 7 Arkansas State* TBD Jonesboro, Ark.

March 12-15 SBC Tournamen TBD New Orleans, La.

# - MGM Grand Main Event

* - Sun Belt Conference Game