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2018-19 Season Long State of LA College Basketball Thread
Basketball is back. The 2018-19 season starts today. You guys know the drill, this will be the 3rd edition of the season long thread for D1 basketball in Louisiana. Of course any state school discussion is welcome, but we’ll be focusing on teams that can make that can make the NCAAT should they get an at large or win their conference tournament. Here are links to the threads for the past two seasons if you want an idea of how this will go.

2017-18
2016-17

I’ll be updating this thread regularly with records, RPIs & player statistics (top 50 nationally). I hope we have multiple teams representing the state in The Dance this season after being shut out last year. So get on in here and discuss your team or anything related to college basketball in Louisiana. Let me know if you see anything I messed up setting up this thread. Looking forward to a great season.

( RPI for Games Through 3/14/2019, NET Ranking for Games through 3/13/2019) Records for Games Through 3/16/2019
(RPI) [NET Ranking] Team – Season Record (Reg Season Conference Record) Reg Season Conference Standing

SEC
(11) [14] LSU - 26-6 (16-2) 1st

AAC
(292) [297] Tulane - 4-27 (0-18) 12th

CUSA
(105) [118] Louisiana Tech - 20-13 (9-9) 8th

Sun Belt
(145) [195] ULL - 19-13 (10-8) 5th
(166) [153] ULM - 18-15 (9-9) T-6th

Southland
(226) [255] Southeastern - 17-16 (12-6) T-3rd
(222) [267] UNO - 19-13 (12-6) T-3rd
(313) [314] Nicholls - 14-17 (7-11) T-9th
(331) [334] Northwestern State 11-20 (6-12) 11th
(333) [327] McNeese - 9-22 (5-13) 12th

SWAC
(276) [292] Grambling - 17-16 (10-8) T-3rd
(343) [340] Southern - 7-25 (6-12) T-8th


Head to Head Matchups (home team on left, bolded teams won, *conference game)
11/6 - LSU vs Southeastern - 94-63
11/16 – LSU vs Louisiana Tech - 74-67
11/21 – Tulane vs ULL - 61-68 (Game in Estero, FL)
11/27 – Northwestern State vs ULM - 52-80
11/28 – UNO vs ULL - 73-77 OT
12/1 – LSU vs Grambling - 78-57
12/1 – Tulane vs Southeastern - 61-62
12/1 – ULL vs Southern - 88-78
12/11 – ULM vs Grambling - 72-67
12/15 – ULL vs Louisiana Tech - 62-83
12/15 – Northwestern State vs Southern - 69-66
12/18 – McNeese vs ULL - 67-80
12/18 – ULM vs Nicholls - 95-68
12/19 – Grambling vs Southeastern - 69-68
12/28 – LSU vs ULM - 81-69
12/29 – Southeastern vs ULL - 72-73
*1/2 – Northwestern State vs Nicholls - 72-78
*1/5 – Northwestern State vs McNeese - 66-61
*1/12 – UNO vs McNeese - 79-66
*1/12 – Grambling vs Southern - 69-63
*1/16 – McNeese vs Nicholls - 86-75
*1/19 – ULM vs ULL - 99-95
*1/19 – McNeese vs Southeastern - 71-74
*1/26 – Northwestern State vs Southeastern - 53-69
*1/30 – UNO vs Northwestern State - 72-64
*2/2 – Southeastern vs Nicholls - 91-70
*2/6 – Northwestern State vs UNO - 73-81 OT
*2/9 – UNO vs Nicholls - 63-64
*2/9 – McNeese vs Northwestern State - 72-74
*2/9 – Southern vs Grambling - 40-59
*2/16 – ULL vs ULM - 83-76
*2/16 – Southeastern vs McNeese - 88-52
*2/20 – UNO vs Southeastern - 89-68
*2/23 – McNeese vs UNO - 51-60
*2/27 – Nicholls vs McNeese - 75-84
*3/2 – Southeastern vs Northwestern State - 69-55
*3/2 – Nicholls vs UNO - 70-80
*3/6 – Southeastern vs UNO - 81-67
*3/6 – Nicholls vs Northwestern State - 83-60
*3/9 – Nicholls vs Southeastern - 69-63

Players Ranked in the Top 50 Nationally in the following categories:

Rankings for Games through 3/4/2019

Ranking - Player - Class - School - Stat

Assists Per Game
#14 - Marcus Stroman - Sr. - ULL - 6.3 APG
#25 - Tremont Waters - So. - LSU - 5.8 APG

Assist Turnover Ratio
#45 - Trey Touchet - Sr. - McNeese - 2.45

Blocks Per Game
#6 - JaKeenan Gant - Sr. - ULL - 2.71 BPG
#27 - Ishmael Lane - Sr. - Northwestern State - 2.17 BPG
#48 - Kavell Bigby-Williams - Sr. - LSU - 1.93 BPG

Defensive Rebounds Per Game
#28 - Ishmael Lane - Sr. - Northwestern State - 7.07 DRPG
#37 - Roydell Brown - Jr. - McNeese - 6.65 DRPG

Offensive Rebounds Per Game
#30 - JaKeenan Gant - Sr. - ULL - 3.14 ORPG

Rebounds Per Game
#30 - Roydell Brown - Jr. - McNeese - 9.5 RPG
#36 - Ishmael Lane - Sr. - Northwestern State - 9.2 RPG

Double Doubles
#29 - JaKeenan Gant - Sr. - ULL - 12
#36 - Roydell Brown - Jr. - McNeese - 11
#36 - Ishmael Lane - Sr. - Northwestern State - 11
#36 - Moses Greenwood - Sr. - Southeastern - 11

Field Goal %
#9 - Shamarkus Kennedy - Jr. - McNeese - 64.0%
#21 - Moses Greenwood - Sr. - Southeastern - 60.9%

Free Throw %
#3 - Gavin Peppers - Sr. - Nicholls - 92.4% (73-79)
#4 - Michael Ertel - So. - ULM - 92.2% (71-77)
#30 - Skylar Mays - Jr. - LSU - 86.7% (111-128)
#48 - Daishon Smith - Sr. - ULM - 85.7% (132-154)

Points Per Game
#15 - Daishon Smith - Sr. - ULM - 22.4 PPG
#36 - JaKeenan Gant - Sr. - ULL - 20.8 PPG

Steals Per Game
#4 - Tremont Waters - So. - LSU - 3.04 SPG
#18 - Daishon Smith - Sr. - ULM - 2.28 SPG
#24 - Marcus Stroman - Sr. - ULL - 2.17 SPG
#41 - Kevin Johnson - So. - Nicholls - 2.00 SPG
#41 - Skylar Mays - Jr. - LSU - 2.00 SPG

3PT FGM Per Game
#11 - Daishon Smith - Sr. - ULM - 3.54
#37 - Jeremiah Jefferson - Sr. - Nicholls - 3.11

3PT FG%
#36 - Daishon Smith - Sr. - ULM - 42.0% (92-219)

Teams Ranked in the Top 50 Nationally in the following categories:

Rankings for Games through 3/4/2019

Blocked Shots Per Game
#43 - Northwestern State - 4.5 BPG
#50 - Grambling - 4.4 BPG

Defensive Rebounds Per Game
#15 - Grambling - 28.79 DRPG

Offensive Rebounds Per Game
#14 - LSU - 13.31 ORPG
#47 - UNO - 12.07 ORPG

Rebound Margin
#44 - LSU - 4.5

Fewest Fouls Per Game
#24 - McNeese - 15.4
#33 - ULM - 15.7
#49 - Louisiana Tech - 16.1

Fewest Turnovers
#24 - ULM - 318

Field Goal % Defense
#11 - Grambling - 39.2%

Free Throw %
#5 - ULM - 77.9%
#13 - Nicholls - 76.9%
#19 - LSU - 76.0%
#33 - ULL - 74.9%

Scoring Offense
#22 - ULL - 81.9 PPG
#24 - LSU - 81.8 PPG
#50 - ULM - 78.5 PPG

Scoring Margin
#44 - LSU - 8.6

Steals Per Game
#5 - LSU - 9.3 SPG
#6 - UNO - 9.3 SPG

3 PT FG Defense
#19 - Grambling - 30.2%
#36 - Nicholls - 31.1%
#41 - UNO - 31.3%

3 PT FGM Per Game
#13 - Nicholls - 10.4
#20 - ULM - 10.0

3 PT FG %
#7 - ULM - 39.8%
#10 - Grambling - 39.5%
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burdman
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re: 2018-19 Season Long State of LA College Basketball Thread
Here’s a little preview of each team. I follow the Cajuns & the Tigers the closest, but I root for all. If you have more to add about guys to watch on your team, let us know. I will readily admit I’m not super familiar with every team’s roster.

LSU [Last Season: 18-15 (8-10) T-9th], Preseason Media Day Projection 6th in SEC
Basketball continues to become bigger and bigger in Baton Rouge. Will Wade enters his second year with what appears to be a very, very talented roster. LSU returns some the key pieces from last year led by 2018 SEC All-Freshman Team & 2018-19 Preseason 1st Team All SEC PG Tremont Waters. Skylar Mays & Daryl Edwards also return and will provide the Tigers with experience and depth. The big buzz going into this season circles around the talented freshmen Will Wade brought in this year (#4 Recruiting Class according 247 Sports). Naz Reid, Ja’vonte Smart, Emmitt Williams, Darius Days & Andre Hyatt are all guys Tiger fans can’t wait to see in action. Another piece Coach Wade will have at his disposal this year is transfer center Kavell Bigby-Williams. On paper, it appears this team has all the pieces to have a great season. With so many new parts, Coach Wade will have to mix this talent quickly in order for this team to reach its potential.

Tulane [Last Season: 14-17 (5-13) 10th], Preseason Media Day Projection 10th in AAC
Mike Dunleavy enters his third year at Tulane hoping to continue the improvement we saw from year one to year two. The Wave didn’t have a great season a year ago, but there was definite improvement from the 2016-17 season. Tulane suffered big losses this offseason losing their two leading scorers from a year ago including 2018 AAC 2nd Team All-Conference G Melvin Frazier who was selected in the NBA Draft. Tulane will look for players to step up and fill those roles this season, particularly Senior guard Jordan Cornish, Junior forward Samir Sehic & Junior guard Ray Ona Embo. We’ll see how Coach Dunleavy and the Wave are able to retool for this season and see if Tulane can exceed preseason expectations.

Louisiana Tech [Last Season: 17-16 (7-11) T-9th], Preseason Media Day Projection 6th in CUSA
Louisiana Tech had a down year by their standards last season. The Bulldogs failed to win at least 20 games for the first time since the 2011-12 season. Head Coach Eric Konkol looks to get back on track going into his 4th season in Ruston. The Bulldogs bring back most of their team from last season minus one big piece, 2018 CUSA 3rd Team All-Conference G Jacobi Boykins. However, outside of Boykins, Louisiana Tech returns a lot of experience from a year ago. Some of the key returning players include 2018 CUSA All-Freshman Team F Anthony Duruji, Preseason All-Conference guard Daquan Bracey, Derric Jean and forward Oliver Powell. With so many guys returning for the Bulldogs this year, expect Louisiana Tech to bounce back from last season.

ULL [Last Season: 27-7 (16-2) 1st], Preseason Media Day Projection T-2nd in Sun Belt
The Cajuns come into this season off a very good, yet slightly disappointing 2017-18 season in which they were the Sun Belt Regular Season Champions but failed to win the SBC Tournament Title. Bob Marlin is in his ninth season with the Cajuns and expectations are still fairly high coming into this year. The Cajuns lost 3 important pieces from last year in Bryce Washington, Frank Bartley & Jonathon Stove. However, Preseason 2nd Team All-Conference F JaKeenan Gant & Preseason 3rd Team All-Conference G Marcus Stroman return. Along with those guys, the Cajuns will have plenty of experience back with players like Malik Marquetti, Cedric Russell & Justin Miller all returning. While there were some key losses from last years team which set a school record for wins, there is plenty of returning talent for the Cajuns to make some noise in the Sun Belt again this season.

ULM [Last Season: 16-16 (9-9) T-5th], Preseason Media Day Projection T-4th in Sun Belt
The Warhawks had a true .500 season a year ago, finishing with the same amount of wins in losses both overall and in conference play. However, that was an improvement from the season before and ULM started to play their best ball towards the end of the year. Keith Richard's team has much higher expectations now going into his ninth season. The Warhawks will be led by two key returning players this season 1st Team Preseason All-Conference F Travis Munnings & 3rd Team Preseason All-Conference G Michael Ertel. They will need some guys to step up to replace Sam McDaniel & Marvin Jean-Pierre's scoring from last season, but if they can find those guys and continue to improve, it could be a very good season for ULM.

Southeastern [Last Season: 22-12 (15-3) T-1st], Preseason Media Day Projection 2nd in Southland
Jay Ladner enters his 5th season in Hammond and the Lions record has improved every year he's been there thus far. Southeastern finished tied for 1st in the Southland a year ago (tiebreaker went to Nicholls). Expectations are high again as Southeastern is tabbed to finish 2nd in the preseason projections. The Lions are led by returning players such as G Marlain Veal who is a preseason All-Conference 1st Team selection & F Moses Greenwood. It appears there is a lot of transfer talent coming into to the program this season as there are 4 players on the roster this year who transferred from other D1 programs. We'll see if the Lions can follow up last years success with another good season.

UNO [Last Season: 16-17 (11-7) T-5th], Preseason Media Day Projection 3rd in Southland
The Privateers are the only team to have made the NCAA Tournament in the last 2 seasons and that came in 2016-17. There was a bit of a dip a year ago, but Mark Slessinger's team will try to bounce back in his 8th season. UNO lost their leading scorer, rebounder and assist leader from a year ago in Travin Thibodeaux, but return a lot of experience from last year. That experience is mainly in the back court with guards Bryson Robinson, Ezekiel Charles & Troy Green all returning. There is a lot of youth in the front court this season behind senior Scott Plaisance all of the bigs on the team are sophmores and freshmen. If the Privateers can get good play from that group, this could be a bounce back year for UNO.

McNeese [Last Season: 11-17 (8-10) T-8th], Preseason Media Day Projection 7th in Southland
The Heath Schroyer era begins at McNeese this season and he'll try to exceed expections in his first year in Lake Charles. They'll do so without their leading scorer from a year ago as G Kalob Ledoux transferred to Louisiana Tech after last season & leading rebounder Quatarrius Wilson. However, double figure scorers from a year ago guards Jarren Greenwood & James Harvey return and 2 transfers, center Malik Hines & guard Trey Touchet, will be in the mix this season. The Cowboys will be a team to keep an eye on this year.

*Continued in next post*
This post was edited on 11/6 at 10:57 am


burdman
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Nicholls [Last Season: 21-11 (15-3) T-1st], Preseason Media Day Projection T-10th in Southland
Nicholls is also beginning the season with a new coach. Former assistant Austin Claunch is now the head man after Richie Riley's departure to South Alabama. Last year was great one for the Colonels as they came out of no where to win the Southland Regular Season Title. If will be tough for Nicholls to match that this season as they lost their 5 leading scorers from a year ago. Guard Kevin Johnson is the only returning player who saw significant action a year ago. With so much uncertainty, it's clear to see why expectations are low this season. It will be interesting to see who steps up and establishes themselves for the Colonels this season.

Northwestern State [Last Season: 4-25 (1-17) 13th], Preseason Media Day Projection 12th in Southland
Mike McConathy enters his 20th season at Northwestern State and there's really no where to go but up from a year ago. If the Demons make a jump this season it's going to start with Preseason 1st Team All-Conference F/C Ishmael Lane. Guard CJ Jones & center Larry Owens also return and add some experience to this years team. It's been a rough couple of years for the Demons and we'll see if they can get things going in the right direction this season.

Grambling [Last Season: 17-14 (13-5) 1st], Preseason Media Day Projection 1st in SWAC
Grambling won the SWAC a season ago but were not allowed to participate in the postseason due to being on probation. I believe the probation period is over (feel free to correct me if I'm wrong about that) and now the Tigers and Coach Donte Jackson will try to see if they can do it again. Grambling is led by 1st Team Preseason All-Conference G Ivy Smith, Jr. & 2nd Team Preseason All-Conference F Devante Jackson. Grambling returns almost all of their players from a year ago and should have a decent shot at being able to win the SWAC again this season. The Tigers are a team to keep an eye on as they have a good shot to be a possible Tournament team from the State.

Southern [Last Season: 15-18 (10-8) 5th], Preseason Media Day Projection 6th in SWAC
Sean Woods is the third new head coach in the State and he'll see what he can this season with this Jag squad. Southern lost a big piece from last season in F Jared Sam, but they return 2nd Team Preseason All-Conference F Sidney Umude & G Eddie Reese. There's some talent on this Jags team and if they can get some guys to step up with Umude & Reese, this could be a sleeper team in the SWAC this season.
This post was edited on 11/7 at 8:20 am


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re: 2018-19 Season Long State of LA College Basketball Thread
Trilly Wade GOAT. LSU. Final Four. Collision course.


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boosiebadazz
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A true labor of love


hendersonshands
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Cajuns got a commitment from Mylik Wilson over the weekend. #1 ranked player in Louisiana for 2019.


boosiebadazz
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Good lord that’s a set shot


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burdman
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re: 2018-19 Season Long State of LA College Basketball Thread
quote:

A true labor of love


1) God
2) Family
3) College Basketball in Louisiana


Jwho77
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LA Tech to upset the Shockers tonight.


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hsfolk
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I don't have a good feeling about this season for Tech


burdman
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I don't have a good feeling about this season for Tech


What're your concerns? Weren't they a pretty young team a year ago?


hsfolk
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just in general, Tech needs more size


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BCMCubs
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Burdman. This is awesome.

Geaux Colonels


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Rabbs and QStick
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La Tech about to open the season with huge win at Wichita State.

Hsfolk beat me to it
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msutiger
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Big time!! This team is a complete unknown. They have the talent to be really good if they can put it all together.

This is a hell of a start!

How bout em!!


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Go Dawgs. 1-0!


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Burdman you’ve been doing the Lord’s work with these threads. Louisiana has a million D1 programs and you’ve taken the time to cover all of them and even break down the 2018-2019 season outlooks for each team. We appreciate you baw
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BayouBengals03
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Tulane [Last Season: 14-17 (5-13) 10th], Preseason Media Day Projection 10th in AAC
Mike Dunleavy enters his third year at Tulane hoping to continue the improvement we saw from year one to year two. The Wave didn’t have a great season a year ago, but there was definite improvement from the 2016-17 season. Tulane suffered big losses this offseason losing their two leading scorers from a year ago including 2018 AAC 2nd Team All-Conference G Melvin Frazier who was selected in the NBA Draft. Tulane will look for players to step up and fill those roles this season, particularly Senior guard Jordan Cornish, Junior forward Samir Sehic & Junior guard Ray Ona Embo. We’ll see how Coach Dunleavy and the Wave are able to retool for this season and see if Tulane can exceed preseason expectations.

Tulane will suck arse on defense and rebounding the ball, but they'll be pretty damn good on offense. Lots of shooters and slashers and good ball movement. Dunleavy runs great sets to get guys good looks. Way more depth than last year.

Caleb Daniels will be their best player. They will probably be worse than last year, but the league record might not reflect it because the American is way down.

Kevin Zhang is a 6'9 athletic and lengthy asian dude who can dunk the shite out of the ball. He'll probably make the sportscenter top 10 at some point this season.


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