Louisiana men’s basketball is back in March Madness for the first time since 2014.
And the Ragin’ Cajuns (26-7), a 13-seed in the East Region, seeded Tennessee 4th in the first round of the 2023 NCAA tournament Thursday in Orlando.
Louisiana’s Jordan Brown (No. 21) is joined by teammate Themus Fulks (No. 0) as South Alabama puts on a strong defense during Monday’s SBC men’s basketball championship game at the Pensacola Bay Center. The Ragin’ Cajuns defeat the Jags 71-66.
With preseason Player of the Year in Jordan Brown, UL was the preseason favorite to win the Sun Belt Conference. It finished second in the conference behind Southern Miss during the regular season, but ultimately won the Sun Belt’s automatic bid for the Big Dance by winning the Sun Belt Tournament. Cajuns defeated South Alabama 71-66 last week.
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CAJUN’S CONFERENCE CHAMPSLouisiana Ragin’ Cajuns defeat South Alabama in Sun Belt Finals to reach March Madness
UL FINANCESUniversity of Louisiana Athletics lost $5.3 million in fiscal 2022
CAJUN FIELD RENOVATIONSLouisiana football stadium renovation won’t begin until the end of the 2023 season
When the Cajuns met their preseason prediction, Brown has fulfilled his tally this season. The junior forward has averaged 19.4 points per game along with 8.7 rebounds.
Louisiana faced a ranked team during the non-conference schedule in Texas, playing two teams that made the NCAA tournament, including tournament winner Drake of Missouri Valley. UL lost both games, 100-72 at Austin and 76-64 at Drake.
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Cory Diaz covers the LSU Tigers and Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns for The Daily Advertiser as part of the USA TODAY Network. Follow his coverage of Tigers and Cajuns on Twitter: @ByCoryDiaz. Have questions about LSU/UL Athletics? Send them to Cory Diaz at [email protected].
This article originally appeared on the Lafayette Daily Advertiser: In March Madness, Louisiana meets Tennessee in the 2023 NCAA tournament