NC State's quest for the NCAA title begins Friday at noon as the No. 3 seed Wolfpack faces No. 14 seed UL-Lafayette in Orlando, Florida. StateFans has the scouting report on the Ragin' Cajuns.
|Guard Brad Boyd and the Ragin' Cajuns cut down the nets last week at the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.|
Defensive Philosophy - An athletic team, UL-Lafayette can really get at it on defense. They play an aggressive man-to-man defense and when struggling offensively UL-L will press to create up-tempo and energy. Defends the three well and rebounds as a team, with every regular being a solid rebounder. The Cajuns switch on ball screens to limit jump shots and penetration. Plays the passing lanes well and looks to force steals and turnovers. Can mix in a 2-3/3-2 zone and if they struggle early with the Wolfpack's unique system look for them to play some zone.
|Antoine Landry led UL-Lafayette in scoring this past season.|
G Brad Boyd - A 6-6 point guard who holds the UL record for career 3-pointers. Local kid who played at St Thomas More in Lafayette, Brad's forte is his jumper which he can fire off screens, off the dribble, and in transition. Is adequate at point guard, but does not always make good decisions and often looks to make the spectacular play instead of the simple play. A streaky shooter who has been coming off the bench late in the season.
F Brian Hamilton - Probably the Cajuns best big man... at 6'6 and 185 pounds. Hamilton has a good interior game, but is more comfortable facing the basket because of his lack of size. Plays the "4" spot for UL-Lafayette and can exploit the matchup in transition against slower power forwards. Wiry, lean player who leads the team in rebounding (6.9 RPG) and field goal percentage (61.2%). Attacks the glass from the wings and has a good nose for the ball.
|Laurie Bridges does everything for the Ragin' Cajuns and if they are going to upset the Wolfpack then expect a big game from Bridges.|
G Laurie Bridges - The "glue" guy for the Ragin' Cajuns. Bridges is the only player averaging over thirty minutes a game and is one of the more experienced players on the squad. A lefty who is also the team's top free throw shooter. Strong, physical build allows him to guard a variety of positions and rebound effectively.
G Orien Greene - Could be the most talented player in the Sun Belt conference, this is Orien's first year at UL-Lafayette after transferring in from Florida. Has a good stroke from deep and like Boyd has been coming off the bench lately. A tough defender, Greene will likely guard Hodge when in the game and has the athleticism to stick with Julius. Loves to get out in transition and finish above the rim.
C Chris Cameron - At 6'11 and 255 pounds, Cameron is the biggest player on UL-Lafayette's roster and the starter at center. Austrailian who has some post moves but is one of the last options on the offensive end. Mainly serves as a screener and the Cajuns run-and-gun system usually takes Cameron out of the contest early. An okay rebounder, but should average more given his size and level of competition.
G Dwayne Mitchell - Transfer from Auburn who is a super athlete. Not an option from outside and struggles at the free throw line. Attacks the glass on both ends and really gets after it defensively.
Probable Starting Lineup: PG Antoine Landry (SR, 5'11 170) - 13.2 PPG 43.4% 3PT% G Dwayne Mitchell (SO, 6'4 205) - 9.5 PPG 4.4 RPG G Laurie Bridges (JR, 6'6 205) - 10.3 PPG 6.0 RPG F Brian Hamilton (JR, 6'6 185) - 11.5 PPG 6.9 RPG C Chris Cameron (SO, 6'11 255) - 6.4 PPG 3.3 RPG Key Reserves: G Brad Boyd (SR, 6'6 295) - 12.1 PPG 35.9% 3PT% F Cedric Williams (JR, 6'7 227) - 9.1 PPG 4.2 RPG G Oriene Green (JR, 6'4 209) - 10.6 PPG 4.5 RPG