The new Ragin' Cajuns basketball home opener is Saturday vs. LSU Shreveport
The UL basketball team has a new home opener for the 2020-21 season – and it’s coming sooner than later.
The Ragin’ Cajuns (1-1) announced Friday that “in what has become a fluid 2020-21 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” it will play its first home game Saturday (4 p.m., KPEL 96.5 FM and 1420 AM) at the Cajundome against LSU-Shreveport.
UL lost its first two would-be home openers when late-November games against Xavier-Louisiana and Loyola-New Orleans were canceled due to COVID-19 issues within those programs.
UL’s first home game – after the two cancellations, and prior to scheduling LSU Shreveport – was to have been Tuesday night vs. LSU Alexandria.
That game remains on the schedule.
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LSU Shreveport is an NAIA program, as are LSU Alexandria, Xavier-Louisiana and Loyola-New Orleans.
UL opened its season with a 112-82 loss to No. 1 Baylor last Saturday in Las Vegas – a game hastily scheduled after it lost the first two games and, because COVID prompted the NCAA to delay the start of the season, would-be road games at Texas and Southern Miss.
The Cajuns are coming off Wednesday’s 66-63 win over UNO in New Orleans.
Guard Mylik Wilson, last season’s Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year, scored 16 of his game-high 21 points in the second half as UL used a 22-4 run to rally against the Privateers.
Senior guard Cedric Russell, a product of Peabody Magnet High in Alexandria, added 12 points to become the 49th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point plateau, while Theo Akwuba, a 6-foot-11 transfer from the University of Portland, had 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.
Russell had a game-high 26 points and Akwuba 22 with eight boards against Baylor.
The game between LSU Shreveport (8-0), which is averaging 109.4 points per game this season, and UL will be the first between the schools.
Limited single-game tickets are on sale.
UL also announced this week that the Cajundome will operate – unless state guidelines change – at 25% capacity this season with social distancing guidelines in place to allow for both fans and UL students to be accommodated.
Face coverings will be required by all in attendance and no fans will be allowed on the court before or after the game.