Louisiana men's basketball unveils 2023-24 nonconference schedule

Two games, and possibly a third, against 20-plus win programs from last season headline Louisiana men's basketball's 2023-24 nonconference schedule.

A handful of games have been rolled out before but the team revealed its full out-of-conference slate Tuesday.

Matchups with Youngstown State, a team that collected 24 victories last year and who'll be UL's season and home opener Nov. 6 at the Cajundome, as well as Eastern Kentucky (Dec. 13) and potentially a game against Iona, who made the NCAA Tournament last season, at the Gulf Coast Showcase Tournament will test the Ragin' Cajuns during the nonconference portion of the 2023-24 season.

The Cajuns won the Sun Belt Conference Tournament and are coming off their first March Madness appearance since 2014 and they fell to Tennessee in the opening round, 58-55.

Louisiana will travel to rival Louisiana Tech this season, facing off inside Thomas Assembly Center on Dec. 9.

Other road games for the Cajuns are at Toledo (Nov. 11), as part of the Sun Belt-MAC Challenge, Samford (Nov. 30) at McNeese State (Dec. 17), a matchup that'll pit UL coach Bob Marlin against former LSU Coach Will Wade and Rice (Dec. 22).

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UL will play Louisiana Christian (Nov. 15) and Loyola-Louisiana (Nov. 27) at home this season.

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