4:45 LRN Sportscast Feb 2

The LSU men’s basketball team’s woes continued last night with an 87-77 loss to Missouri. KJ Williams and Derek Fountain both posted double-doubles while Adam Miller, Cam Hayes, Justice Hill, and Trae Hannibal all reach double figures scoring, but it wasn’t enough to get past a near-perfect night from Mizzou’s Kobe Brown who scored 26 points, hitting 10-of-11 shots. The Tigers are now 12th in the SEC and will host 4th-ranked Alabama Saturday.

The Pelicans landed in Dallas earlier today after winter weather delayed their departure from Denver after losing to the Nuggets Tuesday night. The Pels had less than 7 hours to prepare for an important matchup with the Mavericks, exactly what a team on a nine-game losing streak doesn’t need. New Orleans fell to 26-26 on the season since going 3-13 in 2023 and are now tenth in the Western Conference while the Mavs sit just a game ahead of them in fifth. The Pels will hope to bounce back on short notice against a Mavericks team without Christian Wood who’s been ruled out with a thumb injury. Tip-off is at 7:30.

The LSU women’s basketball team will look to keep their perfect season alive in Georgia tonight. The 15-and-8 Bulldogs are currently tied for 6th in the SEC and are projected as the last team into the NCAA tournament by Joe Leonardi’s Bracketology. Tip-off is tonight at 7:00

The Ragin Cajuns men’s basketball team puts their eight-game winning streak on the line tonight as they take on Texas State in the Cajundome. The Bobcats are 4-and-6 in Sun Belt play, and 11-and-12 overall and Coach Bob Marlin says they have a better record on the road than at home…

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Tipoff tonight is 7:30.

Louisiana Tech hosts one of the better teams in Conference USA tonight in the Rice Owls. Rice is 15-6 on the season and 6-4 in league play while the Bulldogs are 5-6 in conference action. Tech is coming off a win at UTSA as Isaiah Crawford scored 19 points. Bulldogs Coach Talvin Hester hopes his good play continues…

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4:45 LRN Sportscast Jan 31

Over 15,000 fans packed the P-Mac last night to watch the third-ranked Lady Tigers remain undefeated last night. The LSU women’s basketball team defeated Tennessee 76-68 in front of the largest recorded crowd at the P-MAC since the 2005 renovation. Coach Kim Mulkey said the atmosphere was electric.

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The Lady Tigers improve to 21-0 on the season. They’ll host Georgia Thursday.

The Pelicans will visit the Nuggets tonight. Denver leads the Western Conference while the Pelicans are the coldest team in the NBA. They’ve gone 3-13 since early January and lost their last 8 straight even after the return of forward Brandon Ingram. New Orleans sits at 8th in the west after being first earlier this season and will look to get back on track tonight. Ingram and CJ McCollum will make their return tonight while rookie guard Dyson Daniels remains out. Tip-off is at 9:00.

The top-ranked LSU baseball team has started full-squad practices. With one of the most loaded rosters in the nation, expectations are high for the tigers this year. LSU had the top-ranked recruiting and transfer classes in the country this offseason, and one of the big additions is third baseman Tommy White. White hit 27 home runs last season with NC State and says LSU could have a high-powered offense this year…

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Pelicans sophomores Trey Murphy and Jose Alvarado were named 2023 Jordan Rising Stars for NBA All-Star weekend. A pool of 28 rookies, sophomores, and G-League players is selected to participate in a three-game mini-tournament. Murphy, who was drafted 17th overall last year, was also invited to participate in the NBA Dunk Contest. Murphy is one of the best young shooters in the league, shooting almost 40% from deep, but has emerged as one of the NBA’s most electric dunkers this season. Zion Williamson was also named an All-Star Starter this year but may not be able to participate due to injury.

4:30 LRN Newscast Jan 26

A federal judge sentences 21-year-old Chance Seneca of Lafayette for attempting to kill a gay man he groomed on the dating app, Grindr. Jeff Palermo has the story…

Cut 2 (32)  “….I’m Jeff Palermo” 

State Police says a DOTD worker from Lake Charles was killed yesterday afternoon when an empty log truck struck two work crew vehicles on U-S Highway 171 in Desoto Parish. 35-year-old Christopher Gray was pronounced dead at the scene. no charges have been filed as of yet.

Charges against 19-year-old Blayne Terrebonne of Larose have been upgraded to second-degree murder after authorities say he sold a 15-year-old female drugs that led to her death. Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Captian Brennan Matherne says on October 27th, deputies first responded to a 16-year-old male in Galliano.

Cut 4 (10) “…suspected overdose.”

toxicology results indicated high levels of fentanyl in her system.

Many Louisiana elected officials are attending Washington Mardi Gras. Discussions take place during the day on how to make Louisiana better, and at night there are numerous social events. the Advocate newspaper reporter Mark Ballard says a big topic of discussion is whether Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves will run for governor.

Cut 11 (11) “…Garret Graves.”

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has reportedly selected Graves as the chairman of the Republican leadership.

4:45 LRN Sportscast Jan 26

Louisiana Tech will visit UAB tonight. The Bulldogs are 11-9 at the halfway point on the season and both teams are 4-5 in a four-way tie for fifth in the Conference USA. LA Tech lost to UAB earlier this month in Ruston 81-74, giving up 21 rebounds in the meeting. Coach Talvin Hester says they can do better…

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Tip-off is at 8 p.m.

ULM has named John Hartwell as the new Director of Athletics. Hartwell served as A-D at Utah State and Troy University, and the hiring shows the rest of the Sun-Belt ULM is serious about competing. The hiring is subject to approval by the University Of Louisiana System Board of Directors at its next meeting.

Around the state in college hoops tonight:

ULM will visit Marshall

ULL hosts Troy

Nicholls visits Texas A&M Corpus-Christi

UNO and Southeastern face off at 7:30

And Northwestern State hosts Houston Christian

The Carolina Panthers announced they will be hiring former Colts Head Coach Frank Reich to fill their head coaching vacancy. Carolina had been one of the teams to interview former Saints coach Sean Payton, but ultimately the decision came down to Reich and interim head coach Steve Wilks. Reich, who was fired from the Colts in November of last year, was the starting quarterback for the first game in Panthers history and is now the franchise’s first ever offensive-minded head coach.

Brandon Ingram shook off some rust in the Pelican’s 111-102 loss to the Timberwolves last night. New Orleans led for much of the first half but were outscored by 18 points in the third. Ingram, who hasn’t played since November, went 4 of 18 from the floor on his way to a 13-point performance. Coach Willie Green said the poor performance is to be expected as B-I gets back into game shape and isn’t worried going forward. The Pels have now lost 11 of their last 14 games, and frustrations boiled over for Coach Green who was ejected for the first time in his coaching career with two technical fouls.

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Neworleans-dot-football insider Mike Triplett reports the Saints will not be looking to replace Offensive Coordinator Pete Carmichael. The Saints ranked 22nd in points and 19th in total offense in 2022, but will not be looking to make any additional changes to the assistant coaching staff ahead of next season.

1st-team All-Pac-12 Oregon State Linebacker Omar Speights will be transferring to LSU. The senior tallied 83 tackles for the Beavers last season and will help to fill a hole in the Tigers’ defense.

The Ragin’ Cajuns look for their fifth straight win tonight as they visit Arkansas State. Coach Bob Marlin says his team has bounced back well after losing its first two Sun-Belt games, and they’ve been very efficient on the offensive end.

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The LSU women’s basketball team will look to go 19-0 tonight against Arkansas. The third-ranked Lady Tigers beat the Razorbacks 69-45 to start SEC play, their only loss in the last 5 games. Tip-off in the P-MAC is at 8:00

Louisiana Tech will try to end a two-game losing streak tonight when they host Western Kentucky. The Bulldogs are led in scoring by Cobe Williams, who is averaging 18 points a game, but are looking for others to step up. Last time out, it was Keaston Willis with a career-high 23-point performance against UAB. Coach Talvin Hester said Willis, who is averaging 13 a game, was concerned with a shooting slump, so he told him to concentrate on defense instead…

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Tip-off is at 8:00

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Running back John Emery is coming back for a fifth season at LSU. Many thought the former five-star prospect would turn pro, but Emery did not submit his name for the NFL draft prior to Monday’s deadline. LSU beat reporter for Bengal Tiger On Three, Shea Dixon, says Emery has not had the college career many expected coming out of Destrehan High School…

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Tulane’s men’s basketball team will host number-one-ranked Houston tonight. The Cougars are 17-1 on the season and 5-0 in AAC play with their lone loss coming at the hands of eighth-ranked Alabama, but the Green Wave have won their last five straight and boast the number one scoring offense in the AAC. A win tonight would give Tulane their first win over a ranked opponent since 1999. Tip-Off in Fogelman Arena is at 7:00

LSU was ranked No. 1 in the 2023 D1 Baseball preseason poll. D1 Baseball says, “LSU supercharged its roster with the top-ranked freshman class as well as the top group of transfers.” LSU Baseball Recruiting Coordinator Josh Jordan says they’re taking it one day at a time…

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LSU is one of nine SEC teams to appear in the Top 25 which include 2nd-ranked Tennessee and 4th-ranked Ole Miss.

LSU linebacker Kolbe fields announced he will be transferring to Louisiana Tech with three years of eligibility remaining. The Louisiana native played in 11 games for the Tigers a season ago and was the 53rd-ranked linebacker coming out of high school in 2021. He joins Nebraska Wide Receiver DeColdest Crawford who announced his commitment to LA Tech Sunday. Crawford was the 81st-ranked wideout in the country coming out of Glen Oaks High school in 2022 and could make an immediate impact for the Bulldogs next season.

 

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LSU Freshman quarterback Walker Howard announced he will be entering the transfer portal. The Lafayette native led St. Thomas Moore to a state championship in 2020 and appeared in two games for the Tigers this season but was still third on the depth chart behind Jayden Daniels and Garret Nussmeier.  Tiger Rag Assistant Editor William Weathers says that Daniels’ decision to return delayed Howard’s chance to get real playing time…

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There are five NFL teams searching for a new head coach and Saints analyst Nick Underhill believes all five of them have contacted former Saints coach Sean Payton. Of the five, the Saints have allowed the Broncos, Cardinals, and Texans to meet with Payton. The NFL is not allowing any interviews until the 17th,  Payton’s first interview has been scheduled with the Broncos for next Tuesday. New Orleans still owns the rights to Payton’s contract, meaning if he were to seek a new team, the Saints have said they’d require at least first-round pick compensation.

ULM hosts the Ragin’ Cajuns tonight as both teams look for a crucial Sun-Belt win. The 12-4 Cajuns were preseason favorites to win the conference but lost their first two Sun-Belt games on the road before bouncing back to win their last two. ULL coach Bob Marlin wants to keep his team’s momentum

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The fifth-ranked undefeated Lady Tigers will look to improve to 17-0 tonight  as they visit Missouri. Mizzou is 14-3 and 3-1 in the SEC, and Coach Kim Mulkey says they’re a good three-point shooting team…

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Tip-off is at 6 P.M.

 

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The LSU men’s basketball team hopes to bounce back from a two-game losing streak tonight against Florida. After starting league play with an upset win over Arkansas, the Tigers lost a close game to Kentucky and were handled by Texas A&M. Florida is also 1-and-2 in the SEC and 8-and-7 overall. Tigers Coach Matt McMahon says the Gators have a tough veteran group…

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Tip-off in the P-MAC is tonight at 6:00

The 2022 college football season has officially come to a close after Georgia’s 65-7 national championship victory over TCU. The final AP Poll of the 2022 season was released, and LSU finished ranked 16th in the nation. Tulane moved up 5 spots to finish their season ranked 9th overall.

The Saints season is officially over, and players will be watching the playoffs at home this year after a 7-10 season. The Saints miss the playoffs for the second consecutive season and have their first losing season since 2016. New Orleans lost their 10th overall pick in this year’s draft in a trade to the Eagles, but Head Coach Dennis Allen says the team is looking to get back to contending next year…

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The Pelicans snapped a two-game losing streak last night in a 132-112 win over the Wizards. After a tight first quarter, New Orleans pulled away in the second, outscoring the Wizards 33-19. The Pels were still without stars Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson, but guard CJ McCollum led the team with 34 points. The win marks the first time the Pelicans have won in Washington D.C. since 2011. New Orleans returns to action tomorrow night in Boston against the league-leading Celtics.

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All NFL teams will be preparing for the final week of the regular season with heavy hearts as their thoughts and prayers remain with Bills Safety Damar Hamlin. Doctors announced earlier today Hamlin is still in critical condition but has made substantial improvements. He has no signs of neurological damage and is now awake and able to communicate through writing. Saints Head Coach Dennis Allen says that the team is taking all necessary steps to ensure the players’ mental health…

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Natchitoches Central High School announced the hiring of Jess Curtis as the Chiefs’ new football coach. Curtis led Many High School to three small school state championships in the last nine seasons. Since taking over in 2010, he’s had a 163-24 record and made the playoffs every year. Curtis takes over a Chiefs team who went 3-7 last season.

LSU Women’s Basketball will look to match their best start in program history tonight against Texas A&M. the seventh-ranked Lady Tigers are 14-0 and could match their best start to the season ever with a win in the P-MAC tonight. Tip-off is at 8:00.

ULM men’s basketball returns home tonight after starting Sun-Belt play with two road wins last week. Tonight, they’ll host Georgia State, who’s 1-1 in the conference and coming off a win over South Alabama. Warhawks Coach Keith Richards says the panthers are a tough team…

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UL-Lafayette is hoping for their first Sun-Belt win over Southern Miss. The Cajuns were preseason favorites to win the conference and started out the season 10-2 but have lost their last two conference games. They’ll look to bounce back against a 13-2 Golden Eagles team who’s undefeated in the Sun-Belt.

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The Tigers Citrus Bowl matchup against Purdue wasn’t much of a contest as LSU trounced the short-handed Purdue team without their head coach and starting Quarterback. The Tigers’ offense had nearly 600 yards en route to a 63-7 victory. Sophomore wide receiver Malik Nabers had nine catches for 163 yards and a touchdown and one passing touchdown on a trick play to quarterback Jayden Daniels…

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Nabers will continue to have a big role in the offense next season as he fills the WR1 spot left by Kayshon Boutte.

The LSU Men’s Basketball team will return to action tonight at Kentucky in their second SEC contest of the season. Many didn’t know what to think of new Head Coach Matt McMahon’s rebuilt squad, but the Tigers have started the season 12-1 and opened SEC play last week with a home win over ninth-ranked Arkansas. Tip-off in Lexington is tonight at 7:00.

Tulane pulled off a shocking 46-45 Cotton Bowl upset over USC. The Green Wave finishes the season with a 12-2 record giving the program the best single-season turnaround in FBS history after a two-win season last year. Down 15 with 4 and a half minutes left, Tulane put together a two-play touchdown drive, caused a safety after a muffed kickoff, and led a three-minute game-winning touchdown drive capped off with a  touchdown reception by Alex Bauman. The pass was originally ruled an incompletion before the call was reversed. Bauman said he knew it was a catch all-along…

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The last-second extra point gave Tulane the 46-45 win.

The Buffalo Bills released a statement earlier today saying safety Demar Hamlin is in critical condition after suffering a cardiac arrest during last night’s Monday Night Football game. Hamlin received CPR on the field before being rushed to UC Medical Center for further treatment. The NFL suspended the game indefinitely and has announced there are no plans to play the game this week.