University of Louisiana basketball coach Robert Lee knows the Ragin' Cajuns newfound defensive success will be sorely tested Thursday.
The Cajuns take a season-first two-game win streak on the road against South Alabama, the Sun Belt Conference's leader in scoring margin (7.4 points per game) and the number two team in the league in fewest turnovers.
In fact, UL (7-14, 3-7 Sun Belt) faces the two league teams that have turned the ball over the fewest times this weekend. The Cajuns face USA at 7:05 p.m. Thursday at the Mitchell Center in Mobile, and trek from there for a first-ever road matchup with Troy at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The challenges, though, will be greatly different.
"South Alabama has a number of guys that can shoot it," Lee said Monday, "but they'll also try to keep the score down. They'll press a lot at home and try to keep the pressure on you.
"Against Troy, you know you're going to have to score a lot of points to win. They shoot so many 3-pointers that some of them are going to go in. We'll have to score over 70 to win, and that's a concern since we go through a lot of stretches where we can't score."