Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns lost twenty games last year.

But the coaches in the Sun Belt believe the Cajuns are ready to take a step forward.

The coaches basketball poll was released today and Louisiana is picked to finish fourth among the ten teams, along with newcomer Georgia State.

Two time defending tournament champion WKU is picked to win the league. THe Hilltoppers picked up five first place votes.  South Alabama finished second with two first place votes and 78 points.  Arkansas State had 74 points, one more than the Cajuns, who had one first place vote and the Panthers, who had two.

The entire poll, courtesy of the Sun Belt Conference:

1.  WKU (5)    91 points

2.  South Alabama (2)  78 points

3,  Arkansas State  74 points

4. (Tie) LOUISIANA (1)  73 points

4. (Tie) Georgia State (2)   73 points

6.  UALR  48 points

7.  UT Arlington  36 points

8.  Texas State 32 points

9. Troy  26 points

10. ULM  17 points

The Cajuns will play their exhibition game against William Carey Monday at 7:15.