UL sophomore guard Elfrid Payton


Louisiana's Ragin' Cajun men's basketball team returns to the hardwood on Wednesday evening, when coach Bob Marlin's squad plays host to the Northwestern St. Demons, in non-conference action.

Louisiana is currently 4-2 on the young season, after winning the tournament title at the EA Sports Maui on the Mainland Invitational last week in Conway, South Carolina, defeating both Oakland (84-75) and Coastal Carolina (73-69).

Northwestern St., who fell in overtime to ULM, 84-80, back on November 21, will come in at 2-2.

The Cajuns are led by junior guard Elfrid Payton, who is averaging 22.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 5.5 assists-per-game, and sophomore forward Shawn Long, who is averaging 20.3 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks a contest, while the Demons are paced by sophomore guard Jalan West, who is averaging 18.0 points-per-game.

Northwestern St. leads the all-time series, 38-33, but Louisiana won last year's match-up, 74-67.

Tip-off time at the Cajundome is scheduled for 7:05.

You can hear all the play-by-play action on Hot 107.9 FM, and on-line, at 1079ishot.com, beginning with the pre-game show at 6:35 pm.