Double Battle: Cajuns vs.LR Crucial for Both Men and Women
First place is on the line.
So is second place.
That could make for an interesting doubleheader today at the Cajundome.
On the men's side, first place Little Rock (21-3, 11-2) tries to hold on to that top spot, while the Cajuns (14-8, 10-3), who have been playing catch-up all season after a 1-3 league start has a chance to draw even.
Meanwhile, first place is pretty much out of reach for the Cajuns (and everyone else) after dropping Thursday's contest to Arkansas State, try to hold on to the second position as they take on the defending tournament champions.
Tipoff for the women's game is at 2pm, with men's action beginning 30 minutes after the conclusion of the women's game. Women's action will be heard on 960 AM (KROF), while the men can be heard on Hot 107.9 (KHXT-FM)
Coach Garry Brodhead's team (16-6, 9-4) has, as expected, struggled at times since the suspension of point guard Jaylynn Gordon, faces the hottest team in the league not named Arkansas State. Little Rock (11-11, 9-4) started slowly but has steadily moved up the standings.
There are no byes in the women's tournament, but seeding is huge, since teams would rather avoid the Red Wolves until the finals.
The Cajun women defeated Little Rock earlier in the season, 65-58. In that game, Keke Veal scored 30 points The Cajuns will have to slow down Alexius Dawn, who rifled in 25 for the Trojans.
Meanwhile, the Cajuns' men, winners of nine straight, will be looking to avenge their worst loss of the season as Little Rock blew open a game that was tight at halftime and rolled to a 77-57 win. The Cajuns made just 2-20 down the stretch from the field.
The Cajuns are 11-0 at the Cajundome this season, the first time a men's team has had that record at home since the facility opened in the 1985-86 season.
Little Rock leads the nation in scoring defense, although they surrendered 80 points in their loss to UL Monroe on Thursday. Little Rock has featured good scoring balance this season but Louisiana has to be concerned with sharpshooter Marcus Johnson, Jr. who can light it up from the outside. Senior guard Josh Hagins, who hails from Bossier City, has played well against the Cajuns throughout this career.
Today's games wrap up a stretch of seven games out of eight at home for both teams. A four game road trip begins next week.