Ragin' Cajuns



Ragin' Cajuns Highlights

General Information

NCAA Division: Division I
Conference: Sun Belt Conference
Past Conferences: Louisiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association, Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, Louisiana Intercollegiate Conference, Gulf States Conference, Southland Conference, American South Conference
City: Lafayette, Louisiana
Stadium: Cajundome


  • National Championships: None
  • Conference Titles: 12 (1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969,1972, 1973, 1977, 1982, 1992, 2000, 2018)
  • NCAA Tournaments: 10 (1972, 1973, 1982, 1983, 1992, 1994, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2014)

All-Time Stats & Records

Points Scored

  • Andrew Toney, 2,526
  • Shawn Long, 2,342
  • Kevin Brooks, 2,294


  • Shawn Long, 1,447
  • Bryce Washington, 1,102
  • Marcus Stokes, 1,046


  • Aaron Mitchell, 674
  • Elfrid Payton, 486
  • Eric Mouton, 471

Last-Season Standings

The Louisiana Ragin Cajuns basketball team had a strong showing in the 2021-2022 season, finishing with a record of 20-12 and a Sun Belt Conference record of 12-6. The team’s performance was good enough to secure them the second-place spot in the Sun Belt West Division and a fourth seed in the conference tournament.

Throughout the season, the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns were led by standout guard Mylik Wilson, who was named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year. Wilson was a force to be reckoned with, averaging 17.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 2.4 steals per game. He was one of the most dynamic players in the conference, and his leadership was crucial to the team’s success.

In addition to Wilson, the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns had a strong supporting cast, including guard Cedric Russell, who averaged 14.3 points per game and was one of the team’s most reliable three-point shooters. Forward Theo Akwuba was also a key contributor, averaging 8.9 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.

Despite their regular-season success, the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns stumbled in the conference tournament, losing in the quarterfinals to the fifth-seeded South Alabama Jaguars. However, the team’s overall progress throughout the season was impressive, as was their strong performance in the regular season.

Overall, the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns can be proud of their season, finishing with a winning record and securing a spot in the postseason. With Wilson and other key players set to return next season, the team has a bright future and the potential to improve upon their Louisiana Ragin Cajuns standings and make a deeper run in the conference tournament.

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Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Basketball History

The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns began basketball in 1911-12 while the school was still known as Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute. Records are a bit spotty and even the school doesn’t know who the coach was between 1916-21. After going through several coaches in the team’s first 20 years, things settled down a bit when J.C. Reinhardt took over in 1931 and remained at the school until the 1956-1957 season. Reinhardt finished with a career record of 238-273.

Beryl Shipley took over the program for the 1957-58 season and the team enjoyed its first real taste of success under his guidance.

The team also had its first two serious violations under Shipley’s watch, so things weren’t all rosy. Louisiana reached its first NAIA Tournament in 1965 and reached the quarterfinals in 1967. In 1968, the school received two years’ probation and a two-year postseason ban for recruiting violations and improper payments to players.

The Cajuns returned to postseason play in 1971, winning the third-place game in the NCAA Division II Tournament. In 1971-72, Louisiana posted a 25-4 record and reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament and posted a 24-5 record the following year, advancing to the Sweet 16 once again. While Louisiana caught the public’s attention, the Cajuns also caught the attention of the NCAA, which ruled the school committed more than 120 violations, including academic fraud and improper payments. The infractions were so bad, the NCAA vacated the Cajuns’ 1971-72 and 1972-73 seasons and gave the school the “death penalty” for the 1973-74 and 1974-75 seasons.

After not fielding a team for two years, Louisiana returned to the court for the 1975-76 season and, after a tough go of things the first year back, the Cajuns were back to winning games in 1976-77. In 1980, Louisiana received an invite to play in the NIT and had back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 1982 and 1983. It would be nine seasons before the Cajuns returned to the NCAA Tournament, advancing in 1992, 1994 and 2000.

Louisiana advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2004 and 2005 but later vacated those appearances after using an ineligible player.

The NCAA gave the school two years’ probation. The Cajuns last appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2018 and the team’s last postseason appearance was in the 2018 NIT.

Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Basketball FAQs

When did Louisiana become the Ragin’ Cajuns?

The university became known as the Bulldogs in 1921 and that nickname stayed with the school until 1963. Due to the school’s football team having 35 of its 39 players from Louisiana, Sports Information Director Bob Henderson and head football coach Russ Faulkinberry changed the name to Raging Cajuns. The Raging was changed to Ragin’ in 1967.

How many Ragin’ Cajun players have played in the NBA?

Louisiana has seen 10 players advance to the NBA and play in a regular season game. Andrew Toney had the most success of any player at the NBA level. Six of the 10 players lasted three seasons or less.

Has Louisiana ever been ranked?

The Ragin’ Cajuns have been ranked by the Associated Press in three separate seasons. In 1971-72, Louisiana was in the poll the final 14 weeks of the season and was No. 8 in the final poll of the season. Louisiana began the 1972-73 season as No. 7 in the preseason poll and was in the poll all 16 weeks, finishing seventh in the final poll of the year. In 1981-82, the Ragin’ Cajuns were in the poll twice, dropping out after the fourth week of the season.
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