Cajun men aim for 6th straight win

by Leslie Turk

The UL men's basketball team takes on Florida International Universityat 6 p.m. Thursday, hoping to extend a five-game winning streak - the longest string of Ws for the Ragin' Cajuns since the 2005-06 season. UL (8-14, 5-5 Sun Belt) leads the all-time series with FIU (9-14, 4-7 SB), 14-5, after claiming an 83-63 win last season at the Cajundome. The Cajuns have won the last three regular season meetings. Thursday's game marks the first time UL will play at FIU since 2007-08. The last time the Cajuns played at U.S. Century Bank Arena, they won 72-62.

The Cajuns will remain in the Sunshine State to face Florida Atlantic University Saturday.

After losing 15 straight games on the road, the Cajuns broke the road-game curse Jan. 30 when they defeated South Alabama. And on Saturday, they gave Cajun fans one of the biggest nail-biting games of the season, defeating Arkansas-Little Rock 67-66 in the final seconds at the Cajundome.

The streak has put the Cajuns back in contention for the Sun Belt West Division title, trailing Denver and Arkansas State. Other streak stats:

UL is averaging 82.8 ppg while holding opponents to 72.2 ppg - a +10.6 scoring margin.
The Cajuns are shooting .483 from the floor (143-296) in the last five games and limiting the opposition to .410 (125-305).
From the charity stripe, UL is knocking down .706 of its attempts (101-143).
On the glass, the Cajuns are out-rebounding teams 40.2 to 34.8 (+5.4 margin).
Three players are averaging double-figure points, two of which are averaging a double-double over the streak. J.J. Thomas leads with 17.8 ppg and 10.0 rpg, La'Ryan Gary is averaging 13.8 ppg and Travis Bureau is chipping in 12.8 ppg and 10.8 rpg.

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