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2019-20 Season Long State of LA College Basketball Thread
November is here and some teams have already played exhibitions and we have an instate exhibition tomorrow so I figured it was a good time to break out the fourth edition of this thread. You guys know the drill, this will be a season long thread for D1 basketball in Louisiana. Of course any state college discussion is welcome, but we’ll be focusing on teams that can make that can make the Big Dance should they get an at large or win their conference tournament. Here are links to the threads for the past seasons if you want an idea of how this will go.

2018-19
2017-18
2016-17

I’ll be updating this thread regularly with records, NET Rankings & player statistics (top 50 nationally). Hoping this is the year Louisiana can get multiple teams into the Big Dance. 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.

Records for games through 12/4/2019
(NET Ranking) Team – Season Record (Conference Record) Conference Standing

SEC
LSU - 6-2

AAC
Tulane - 7-1

CUSA
Louisiana Tech - 5-2

Sun Belt
ULL - 5-3
ULM - 4-2

Southland
Nicholls - 5-4
UNO - 3-5
McNeese - 3-6
Northwestern State - 2-5
Southeastern - 2-6

SWAC
Grambling - 4-4
Southern - 3-5


Head to Head Matchups (home team on left, bolded teams won, *conference game)
11/2 – Louisiana Tech vs LSU - 70-83 (Exhibition)
11/6 – Tulane vs Southeastern - 76-55
11/9 – ULL vs McNeese - 85-80
11/13 – Southeastern vs Grambling - 70-81
11/16 – LSU vs Nicholls - 75-65
11/16 – Tulane vs Northwestern State - 79-52
11/26 – ULM vs Northwestern State - 77-69
12/1 – Tulane vs Southern - 82-65
12/3 – LSU vs UNO - 90-54
12/3 – ULL vs Southeastern - 98-81
12/8 – LSU vs Northwestern State
12/10 – ULM vs Grambling
12/14 – Louisiana Tech vs ULL
*1/11 – Southeastern vs Nicholls
*1/11 – McNeese vs Northwestern State
*1/11 – Southern vs Grambling
*1/15 – Nicholls vs Northwestern State
*1/18 – UNO vs Nicholls
*1/22 – Southeastern vs McNeese
*1/25 – ULL vs ULM
*1/25 – Northwestern State vs Southeastern
*1/29 – UNO vs Northwestern State
*1/29 – McNeese vs Nicholls
*2/1 – Southeastern vs UNO
*2/8 – Grambling vs Southern
*2/15 – Nicholls vs Southeastern
*2/15 – Northwestern State vs McNeese
*2/19 – Northwestern State vs Nicholls
*2/22 – ULM vs ULL
*2/22 – McNeese vs UNO
*2/26 – McNeese vs Southeastern
*2/29 – Nicholls vs UNO
*2/29 – Southeastern vs Northwestern State
*3/4 – Northwestern State vs UNO
*3/4 – Nicholls vs McNeese
*3/7 – UNO vs Southeastern


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

Rankings for Games through 12/1/2019

Assist to TO Ratio
#43 - Brian White - So. - Northwestern State - 2.63

Blocks Per Game
#31 - Dadou Traore - Jr. - ULM - 2.40 BPG
#50 - Shamarkus Kennedy - Sr. - McNeese - 2.00 BPG

FG Percentage
#14 - Shamarkus Kennedy - Sr. - McNeese - 66.3%
#20 - Emmitt Williams - So. - LSU - 64.5%
#32 - Darius Days - So. - LSU - 61.9%

Minutes Per Game
#9 - JD Williams - Sr. - ULM - 37.4 MPG
#28 - Michael Ertel - Jr. - ULM - 36.2 MPG
#35 - Von Julien - Sr. - Southeastern - 36.1 MPG

Rebounds Per Game
#43 - Mo Muhammed - Sr. - Louisiana Tech - 9.6 RPG

Offensive Rebounds Per Game
#11 - Mo Muhammed - Sr. - Louisiana Tech - 4.00 ORPG
#38 - Shamarkus Kennedy - Sr. - McNeese - 3.50 ORPG

Steals Per Game
#13 - Jordan Walker - So. - Tulane - 2.71 SPG
#14 - Ivy Smith, Jr. - Sr. - Grambling - 2.67 SPG
#40 - Warith Alatishe - So. - Nicholls - 2.38 SPG

3PT FG %
#18 - Dru Kruxhausen - Jr. - McNeese - 50.8%
#27 - Cedric Russell - Jr. - ULL - 47.5%

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

Rankings for Games through (date)
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burdman
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re: 2019-20 Season Long State of LA College Basketball Thread
Here’s a little preview of each team. I’m not very familiar with every teams roster as I follow the Cajuns & the Tigers the closest, but I root for all and try to give an idea of what everyone lost from a season ago and names the could be big factors for each team this season. If you have more to add about guys to watch on your team, let us know.

LSU (Last Season: 28-7 (16-2) 1st), Preseason Media Day Projection 3rd in SEC
The 2018-19 season was a special one as the Tigers won the SEC Regular Season Title in Coach Will Wade’s second season on the job. LSU lost key players in Tremont Waters, Naz Reid & Kavell Bigby-Williams from last season’s squad but bring back a lot of talent and depth including Preseason 2nd Team All-SEC guard Skylar Mays. Other key returning players include Javonte Smart, Emmitt Williams, Darius Days and Marlon Taylor. LSU also brings some talented new players into the fold this year lead by 5 star freshman Trendon Watford. Other notable new players include James Bishop, Charles Manning and Aundre Hyatt. This should be another good season for the Tigers as Wade appears to be building a really good program in Baton Rouge.

Tulane (Last Season: 4-27 (0-18) 12th), Preseason Media Day Projection 12th in AAC
It’s a new day for Tulane basketball as the Ron Hunter era begins this season. It’s been a rough few years for the Green Wave culminating in a winless conference record a season ago, but there is reason for optimism. Hunter has taken two different programs to the NCAA Tournament and has shown a knack for pulling in good transfer talent at his previous stops. Tulane has 11 new players on the roster this year, most notably KJ Lawson who was AAC ROY at Memphis before transferring to Kansas and now finds himself back in the American. With all the new pieces, it’s unclear what the results will be this year but things are looking up for the future of Green Wave hoops.

Louisiana Tech (Last Season: 20-13 (9-9) 8th), Preseason Media Day Projection 3rd in CUSA
Last season saw the Bulldogs finish in the middle of the pack in CUSA but this season should be better for Louisiana Tech as evidenced by their preseason projection. Coach Eric Konkol heads into year 5 with a lot of returning talent lead by Preseason CUSA All-Conference selection Daquan Bracey. The Bulldogs did lose a couple of key pieces in Anthony Duruji and RaShawn Langston, but bring back seasoned players such as Amorie Archibald, JaColby Pemberton, Derric Jean & Oliver Powell. Those who follow hoops in the state will also see a familiar face in McNeese transfer Kalob Ledoux who will be with Louisiana Tech this season. With an experienced back court returning and a solid cast around them, things are looking up for the Bulldogs heading into this season.

ULL (Last Season: 19-13 (10-8) 5th), Preseason Media Day Projection 7th in Sun Belt
Bob Marlin enters his 10th season as head coach of the Cajuns with a lot of question marks. The Cajuns lost almost all of their starting lineup from a year ago in JaKeenan Gant, Marcus Stroman, Malik Marquetti and Justin Miller as well as key bench players Jerekius Davis and Jeremy Hayes. Cedric Russell, PJ Hardy and Trajan Wesley are basically the only returning players with any experience in the ULL program. The Cajuns will have to rely on new faces this season including 5 freshmen lead by redshirt freshman Kobe Julien and true freshman Mylik Wilson. Other key new players include St Louis University transfer Jalen Johnson and highly touted JuCo transfer Doudou Gueye. I honestly have no idea what to expect from the team this season and it will take a lot of new faces meshing quickly for the Cajuns to have a good season.

ULM (Last Season: 19-16 (9-9) 6th), Preseason Media Day Projection 8th in Sun Belt
ULM Coach Keith Richard is also entering his 10th season as the head coach of the Warhawks with some key departures but also some good returning talent. The Warhawks lost two key players from last year’s team in Daishon Smith and Travis Munnings. The good news for ULM is they have a couple of good guards back this year from last year’s team in Michael Ertel and JD Williams along with forward Tyree White. Coach Richard will have many new faces including big men Chris Efretuei, Dadou Traore and Luke Phillips. Guard play will not be a problem for the Warhawks this season, what they get from the other positions on the floor will determine how good this ULM can be this year.

*Continued in next post*
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UNO (Last Season: 19-14 (12-6) T-3rd), Preseason Media Day Projection 1st in Southland
UNO comes into this season as the favorite in the SLC. Coach Mark Slessinger enters his 7th season with the Privateers with many key pieces returning. While Ezekiel Charles and Scott Plaisance are gone, the starting guard trio of Bryson Robinson (Preseason 1st Team All Southland), Gerrale Gates (last season’s Freshman of the Year in the SLC) and Damion Rosser all return. Reserve forwards Jahmel Myers and Amari Haynes along with guard Larry Robinson III are all back as well and each played in almost every game last season. With all of this experience coming back this season, it’s easy to see why the Privateers are expected to compete for the Southland Title and should have a very good season.

McNeese (Last Season: 9-22 (5-13) 12th), Preseason Media Day Projection 7th in Southland
Coach Heath Schroyer is heading into his second season at McNeese with the expectation that his team will make a jump in year two. There is a lot of turnover for the Cowboys this season as they lost some players who played significant minutes last season most notably James Harvey and Malik Hines. However, McNeese brings back two Preseason 2nd Team All Southland players in forwards Roydell Brown and Sha’markus Kennedy. Coach Schroyer will have to integrate many new faces into the mix such as D1 transfers Kentrevious Jones (Oklahoma State), AJ Lawson (North Texas) and Jalen Poyser (St. Bonaventure) as well as a host of JuCo transfers. The Cowboys should definitely be improved this season and it will be interesting to see how all of the pieces fit together.

Southeastern (Last Season: 17-16 (12-6) T-3rd), Preseason Media Day Projection 10th in Southland
This will be an interesting season for Southeastern as they replace Jay Ladner who left for Southern Miss as well as their two best players from a season ago in Moses Greenwood and Marlain Veal who were both 1st Team All Southland last year. Coach David Kiefer is now the head man for the Lions after spending the previous 5 seasons as an assistant. He’ll have some work to do replacing the losses from a year ago. He does get two starters back this year with Von Julien and Brandon Gonzalez returning. The Lions should also get some help from Boston College transfer Avery Wilson and JuCo transfer Laquan Butler. Southeastern is very young with 4 sophomores and 7 freshmen on the roster. On paper it appears this will be a rebuilding year for Coach Kiefer and the Lions, but they will get a lot of experience for some guys who will be back in future seasons and may just end up surprising a few folks this season.

Nicholls (Last Season: 14-17 (7-11) T-9th), Preseason Media Day Projection 11th in Southland
Colonels Head Coach Austin Claunch begins his second year at Nicholls looking to exceed the preseason expectations. The Colonels will have to replace their two leading scorers from a year ago with Jeremiah Jefferson and Gavin Peppers gone. Returning are guards Kevin Johnson, who started every game last season, and Jeremiah Buford along with forwards Brandon Moore, Jr., Elvis Harvey, Jr. and center Ryghe Lyons who all saw a good amount of playing time last year. Nicholls brings in a ton of transfer players this season including guards D’Angelo Hunter (West Virginia), Jaylen Fornes (UNC-Wilmington), Andre Jones (Little Rock) and forward Najee Garvin (Charlotte). The Colonels will rely on these transfers this season and how well they perform will be the key to Nicholls season.

Northwestern State (Last Season: 11-20 (6-12) 11th, Preseason Media Day Projection 12th in Southland
This will be the 21st season for Coach Mike McConathy, the longest tenured basketball coach in the state, at Northwestern State and his Demon squad will start the season with low expectations from those outside the program. The Demons lost their best play from last year in Ishmael Lane who was 1st Team All Southland and Defensive Player of the Year in 2018-19. Northwestern State does return LaTerrance Reed and CJ Jones who were starters last year as well as Larry Owens and John Norvel who both saw a lot of action for the Demons. Like a few other teams in the state, the Demons have a few transfers they are relying on to make an impact this year including Chudier Bile from Bradley and JuCo transfers Jarius Roberson, Jamaure Gregg and Gatdoar Kueth. We’ll see if this is the year Northwestern State can get things going in the right direction as the Demons have not finished in the top half of the Southland standings since the 2014-15 season.

Grambling (Last Season: 17-17 (10-8) T-3rd), Preseason Media Day Projection 3rd in SWAC
Coach Donte Jackson will enter his third year at Grambling trying to compete for a SWAC title. The Tigers have been in the mix to win conference in each of his first two seasons. They’ll have to replace a couple of key players from a year ago in Dallas Polk-Hillard and Axel Mpoyo. The good news for Grambling is they won’t have to worry about point guard play as Preseason 1st Team All SWAC Ivy Smith, Jr. returns. Along with Smith, the Tigers will also have Devante Jackson, Anthony Gaston, Travon Bunch and Prince Moss who either started or played significant minutes last season. New comers of note for the Tigers this season include Boise State transfer Cameron Christon along with Travell Cunningham, Josh Mullins, Kelton Edwards, and Terreon Randolph. Grambling should have another good season this year and be in the mix to win the conference when all is said and done.

Southern (Last Season: 7-25 (6-12) T-7th), Preseason Media Day Projection 6th in SWAC
Head Coach Sean Woods begins his second season at Southern trying turn thing around from a year ago. The Jags will have their work cut out for them as they lost their three leading scorers from a year ago in Eddie Reese, Sidney Umude and Richard Lee. Jayden Saddler is the only returning player who averaged more than 15 minutes per game last season. Needless to say the Jags will need players to step up this season such as new comers Ashante Shivers, Skyler Baggs, Lamarcus Lee and Darius Williams & Amel Kuljuhovic, who transferred from Cal State-Bakersfield and Cal State-Fullerton respectively. It will be interesting to see what Southern is able to do this season with so much roster turnover.
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msutiger
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re: 2019-20 Season Long State of LA College Basketball Thread
Let’s roll! Ready for another year of Bulldog basketball. This is the year we get over the jump and go dancin. I feel it


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I feel like Dequan Bracey has been at Tech for 7 years


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re: 2019-20 Season Long State of LA College Basketball Thread
Bob Marlin is the most overpaid head coach in the Sunbelt.


burdman
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Can't say that I disagree


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re: 2019-20 Season Long State of LA College Basketball Thread
First week of the College Basketball season is here.

Below is a quick summary of the exhibitions played so far.

LSU beat Louisiana Tech 83-70 on Saturday in an exhibition played in Ruston. Javonte Smart (18), Darius Days (16), Charles Manning (13), Emitt Williams (12), Skylar Mays (11) and Trendon Watford (10 & 10 rebounds) were all in double figures for the Tigers. Kalab Ledoux led the Bulldogs with 18 points, Xavier Armstead scored 11 and Derric Jean & Mo Muhammed each scored 10.

Tulane played an exhibition against Spring Hill last Thursday and won 93-55. The Green Wave were led by Christion Thompson, Teshaun Hightower and KJ Lawson who scored 24, 23 & 17 respectively.

I think that covers the sanctioned exhibitions that have taken place. If I missed one let me know. Below is the schedule for this week. No games tonight involving state schools, but things get going tomorrow and all schools are in action this week.

Monday, November 4th
NO GAMES

Tuesday, November 5th
Northwestern State vs Centenary – 5:30pm
ULL vs Loyola (NO) – 7pm (ESPN+)
ULM vs Louisiana College – 7pm
Nicholls @ Illinois – 7pm (BTN+)
UNO vs Spring Hill – 7:30pm

Wednesday, November 6th
Southern vs Loyola (NO) – 6:30pm
Southeastern @ Tulane – 7pm (WatchESPN)
Louisiana Tech @ Texas A&M-CC – 7pm
Northwestern State @ Texas A&M – 7pm (SECN+)
McNeese @ Western Michigan – 7pm (ESPN+)
Grambling vs East Texas Baptist University – 7:30pm

Thursday, November 7th
NO GAMES

Friday, November 8th
LSU vs Bowling Green – 7pm (SECN+)
Grambling vs Ecclesia College – 7:30pm

Saturday, November 9th
ULM vs Alcorn State – 11am
Nicholls @ Pittsburgh - 11am (ACCNX)
UNO @ Butler – 6pm (Fox Sports Go)
McNeese @ ULL – 7pm (ESPN+)
Southern @ Murray State – 7pm (ESPN+)

Sunday, November 10th
NO GAMES
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re: 2019-20 Season Long State of LA College Basketball Thread
The Exhibition was in Ruston, not Shreveport.


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Thanks. Changed.

Thought I had read Shreveport for some reason. Don't know where I got that from.


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LSU Fightin’ Tiger Basketball


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burdman
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re: 2019-20 Season Long State of LA College Basketball Thread
Alright. It's the day we've been waiting for. College basketball games are here and we have five games involving state schools tonight. If you're in Natchitoches, Lafayette, Monroe or New Orleans you have college hoops you can check out tonight. See schedule below.

Tuesday, November 5th
Northwestern State vs Centenary – 5:30pm
ULL vs Loyola (NO) – 7pm (ESPN+)
ULM vs Louisiana College – 7pm
Nicholls @ Illinois – 7pm (BTN+)
UNO vs Spring Hill – 7:30pm

Good luck to all teams in action tonight and let's hope this is the start of a good season for basketball in the state.


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can’t wait for Tulane to finally win a game


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LSU and Tech working on deal to play in Bossier in fall of 2020.

Then start a season kickoff tournament in 2021 with LSU, LaTech, Texas Tech and SMU.



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It was a good overall start to the season last night with teams in action going 4-1.

ULL beat Loyola (NO) 95-67. The Cajuns were led in scoring by Jalen Johnson who scored 22 points in his debut. Other double digit scorers include Dou Gueye and Kobe Julien who each scored 15 as well as Cedric Russell & Mylik Wilson who each had 11 in the win.

ULM got a 64-41 win over Louisiana College. JD Williams scored 25 points to lead the way for the Warhawks who also got 15 points from Michael Ertel in the victory.

UNO rolled to an opening win over Spring Hill 114-58. The Privateers had six players score double figure points in Bryson Robinson (22), Damion Rosser (14), Amari Haynes (14), Gerrale Gates (13), Jahmel Myers (13) and Ahren Freeman (13).

Northwestern State also opened their season with a win 84-57 over Centenary. It was a balanced scoring effort for the Demons as Jairus Roberson scored 13, Larry Owens scored 12, LaTerrance Reed, Nikos Chougkaz and John Norvel each scored 10 in the win.

Nicholls went on the road to take on Illinois and came up just short of the upset losing 70-78 in OT. The Colonels got a big scoring effort from Dexter McClanahan who scored 25 points and also got a 16 point night from Elvis Harvey in the loss.


We have 6 more games featuring state schools tonight including our first regular season in state match up between Southeastern and Tulane. See below for tonight's schedule.

Wednesday, November 6th
Southern vs Loyola (NO) – 6:30pm
Southeastern @ Tulane – 7pm (WatchESPN)
Louisiana Tech @ Texas A&M-CC – 7pm
Northwestern State @ Texas A&M – 7pm (SECN+)
McNeese @ Western Michigan – 7pm (ESPN+)
Grambling vs East Texas Baptist University – 7:30pm

Good luck to all teams in action tonight.


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Colonels had a 2pt lead with like 1:30 to go. Great effort


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ProfFrink
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Really good showing by NSU tonight at aTm. Had it close late in the game before the Aggies pulled away.

Aggies has 28 FTs to the Demons 7 which made a difference. Have to get to the line more

Looks like NSU might be a contender in the Southland this year if we can keep improving


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FINAL

Tech 82
Texas A&M-CC 49


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lionward2014
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SLU shot 2-11 from the free throw line, and 5-28 from 3. Yikes. Might be a longggggg season.


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ULL beat Loyola (NO) 95-67. The Cajuns were led in scoring by Jalen Johnson who scored 22 points in his debut. Other double digit scorers include Dou Gueye and Kobe Julien who each scored 15 as well as Cedric Russell & Mylik Wilson who each had 11 in the win.


The Cajuns are a completely new team and played like a team that has never played together in the first half. Bob Marlin has some pieces to work with and will need to fine tune the lineup rotations

Mylik Wilson is going to be a very good player for the Cajuns


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