Conference: Sun Belt Conference
How They Qualified: Sun Belt Tournament Champions
Region: No. 14 seed in West Region
The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns upset Georgia State in the Sun Belt Conference. The Panthers were the heavy favorites coming into the tournament, but “favorites” mean nothing this time of the year.
The Cajuns finished the season six games back in the Sun Belt with an 11-7 record.
They managed to beat Western Kentucky the last game as well. So, Louisiana-Lafeyette was able to take down the top two teams in the conference in consecutive games. It had zero wins against those two teams during the regular season.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Elfrid Payton (19.1 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Shawn Long (10.4 rpg)
Leading Passer: Elfrid Payton (6.0 apg)
Bad Losses: Jackson State, Louisiana-Monroe, South Alabama
Good Wins: Louisiana Tech, Western Kentucky, Georgia State
Louisiana-Lafayette has some bad losses, but it also has some pretty good wins. You have to remember this team basically stole a bid from Georgia State.
Elfrid Payton is the player to watch out for on this team. As you can see, he leads the Ragin’ Cajuns in scoring and assists, but he also averages six rebounds and 2.3 steals per game. You can say he fills up the stats sheet.
Even if Georgia State would have won the conference, it would have been big underdogs entering the 2014 NCAA tournament, so you could imagine how little the odds are for Louisiana-Lafayette to make a run. However, it is riding a four-game win streak into the dance.
The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns are dancing!