Bracket projection: La. Lafayette

Led by two all-league guards, Ragin' Cajuns could provide early upsets

Updated: March 17, 2014, 5:14 PM ET
By Bill Doherty | ESPN Insider

After coming up short twice during the regular season against Georgia State (17-1 league mark in regular season), the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns, led by a career-high 27 points from Xavian Rimmer, exacted their revenge when it mattered most. Their 82-81 win in overtime of the Sun Belt title game helped earn the school its first NCAA invitation since 2005. The high-octane Cajuns average 81.4 points per game, 14th in Division I this season. Louisiana-Lafayette could have the requisite ingredients to be an office pool menace, but will it be this year's under-the-radar bracket buster?

ESPN Insider has your answers, as Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of Bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams to help you make smart picks in your bracket. Plus, as Lunardi fills out his bracket, he'll give you his prediction on how each team will fare.



Best wins: Houston, Western Kentucky (Sun Belt semis), Georgia State (Sun Belt title game)

Worst losses: at Louisiana-Monroe, at South Alabama, at Arkansas-Little Rock