Jessie Evans counts on Cajuns being ready after layoff.

LOUISIANA La. If Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns have any rust from an extended layoff, it will show up quickly on Tuesday night.

Coach Jessie Evans' squad resumes action with a road game at Dayton, a team that took a perfect record into a Saturday night contest against Wagner, and that would present a challenge in the best of circumstances.

Throw in the waiting game Evans has been forced to play with final exams, and the game becomes even more problematic.

Five Cajuns two transfers and three returning players needed to solidify academics in final exams that ended on Saturday before they can hit the floor against the Flyers.

The deadline for grades to be posted is 10 a.m. Tuesday.

A short-handed UL lost at Georgia Tech, 79-45, in the Preseason NIT. The Cajuns also drummed Loyola of New Orleans 89-57 at home while waiting for reinforcements.

While the Cajuns have been dealing with divided attention, Dayton was busy winning the Maui Invitational and opening the season with a bang.

"We've had the opportunity to see them play on TV, and they have a very fine team," Evans said of Dayton.

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Bruce Brown