Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns men's basketball
|Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns men's basketball|
|University||University of Louisiana at Lafayette|
|Head coach||Bob Marlin (4th year)|
Vermilion and White
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1972*, 1973*, 1982, 1983, 1992, 1994, 2000, 2004*, 2005*, 2014|
|Conference tournament champions|
Sun Belt: 1992, 1994, 2000, 2004*, 2005*, 2014
|Conference regular season champions|
|Gulf States: 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969
Southland: 1972*, 1973*, 1977, 1982
Sun Belt: 1992
|Conference division season champions|
|Sun Belt West: 2002, 2003, 2004*, 2008, 2011
*vacated by NCAA
- For information on all University of Louisiana at Lafayette sports, see Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns
The Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns men's basketball program represents intercollegiate men's basketball at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The school competes in the West Division of the Sun Belt Conference in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and play home games at the Cajundome in Lafayette, Louisiana. Bob Marlin completed his fourth season as head coach.
- 1 History
- 2 Postseason
- 3 Home venues
- 4 References
- 1914–15 to 1924–25: Louisiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association
- 1925–26 to 1940–41: Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
- 1941–42 to 1946–47: Louisiana Intercollegiate Conference
- 1947–48 to 1970–71: Gulf States Conference
- 1971–72 to 1981–82: Southland Conference
- 1982–83 to 1986–87: NCAA Division I Independent
- 1987–88 to 1990–91: American South Conference
- 1991–92 to present: Sun Belt Conference
In 1968, Southwestern Louisiana was placed on two years' probation and barred from postseason play during that time for recruiting violations and for student-athletes receiving financial assistance from an outside organization.
1973 death penalty
In August 1973, Louisiana–Lafayette—then known as Southwestern Louisiana—became only the second school to receive the so-called "death penalty" from the NCAA. The basketball team was found guilty of over 120 violations. Most of them involved small cash payments to players, letting players borrow coaches' and boosters' cars, letting players use university credit cards to buy gas and buying clothes and other objects for players. However, the most severe violations involved massive academic fraud. In the most egregious case, an assistant coach altered a recruit's high school transcript and forged the principal's signature. Several boosters arranged for surrogates to take college entrance exams for prospective recruits. The NCAA Council found the violations so egregious that it wanted to throw Southwestern Louisiana out of the NCAA altogether. It settled for scrubbing the Ragin' Cajuns' 1972 and 1973 NCAA Tournament appearances from the books and canceling the 1973–74 and 1974–75 seasons.
2007 major violations
In 2007, Louisiana–Lafayette was found guilty of major violations in its men's basketball program. An NCAA investigation found that now-former player Orien Greene had relied on 15 hours of correspondence courses taken through another institution in order to remain eligible for the 2004 spring semester and the entire 2004-05 academic year. NCAA rules do not allow student-athletes to use correspondence courses taken from another institution to remain eligible. According to the NCAA, this was an "obvious error" that should have been caught right away, but the school's then-compliance coordinator, director of academic services and registrar all failed to catch it. When school officials learned about the violations, they vacated every game in which Greene participated—43 games in all, including NCAA tournament appearances in 2004 and 2005—and scrubbed Greene's records from the books. The NCAA accepted Louisiana–Lafayette's penalties and also imposed two years' probation.
NCAA Division I Tournament results
Louisiana–Lafayette has unofficially appeared in ten NCAA Division I Tournaments. However, they have officially only appeared in six; the other four appearances have been vacated. In 1972, they became the first school to make the tournament in their first year of eligibility, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen. They repeated this feat in 1973. However, both of these appearances were scrubbed from the books as a result of the 1973 infractions case. Louisiana–Lafayette participated in the 2004 and 2005 NCAA tournaments, but both appearances were vacated due to major violations involving Orien Greene. Their official combined record is 1–6. All appearances prior to 2000 were when the school was still named Southwestern Louisiana.
Regional 3rd Place Game
Regional 3rd Place Game
|1982||First Round||Tennessee||L 57–61|
|1983||First Round||Rutgers||L 53–60|
New Mexico State
|1994||First Round||Marquette||L 59–81|
|2000||First Round||Tennessee||L 58–63|
|2004*||First Round||NC State||L 52–61||Vacated|
|2005*||First Round||Louisville||L 62–68||Vacated|
|2014||Second Round||Creighton||L 66–76|
* appearance and records vacated
NCAA Division II Tournament results
Louisiana–Lafayette appeared in the 1971 NCAA Division II Tournament. However, that appearance was later vacated due to the same rules violations that stripped them of their 1972 and 1973 Division I Tournament results.
National 3rd Place Game
* appearance and records vacated
NAIA Tournament results
Louisiana–Lafayette has appeared in two NAIA Tournaments. Their combined record is 3–2.
Louisiana–Lafayette has appeared in five National Invitation Tournaments. Their combined record is 6–6. All appearances prior to 2002 were when the school was still named Southwestern Louisiana.
Third Place Game
|2002||Opening Round||Louisiana Tech||L 63–83|
|2003||First Round||UAB||L 80–82|
Louisiana–Lafayette has appeared in one CollegeInsider.com Tournament. Their record is 0–1.
|2012||First Round||Rice||L 63–68|
Earl K. Long Gymnasium
- "Sun Belt All-Time Standings". 2011-12 Sun Belt Conference Men's Basketball Media Guide. Sun Belt Conference. pp. 93–95. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
- 1968 USL infractions report
- 1973 USL infraction report
- Bradley, John Ed. "An Accidental Hero: Beryl Shipley, 1926-2011." Sports Illustrated, 2011-05-02.
- 2007 Louisiana–Lafayette infractions report