LRN Sportscast 16:45 March 31

The third ranked LSU baseball team will face U-L Lafayettet tonight at 7 PM in the annual Wally Pontiff Junior Classic. The Tigers are 23-and-5, even though they lost an SEC series with Kentucky this past weekend. Ragin Cajuns Coach Tony Robichaux speaks very highly of this LSU baseball team…
cut 20 (10) “…some experience”
The Cajuns bring a 15-and-10 record into tonight’s contest, which can be seen on C-S-T.

In other action, Louisiana Tech begins a stretch of 10 games in 14 days when they visit Grambling State tonight. Grambling has lost seven in a row. McNeese State hosts Southern. The Jaguars are coming off a sweep over Grambling. And Nicholls State hosts Alcorn State. The Colonels have won all 23 previous meetings against the Braves.

LSU Forward Jordan Mickey announced today that he’s foregoing his final two years of eligibilty and he’ll enter his name into the 2015 NBA draft. Mickey was a first-team All-SEC selection this past season as he averaged 15 points, almost ten rebounds and 3.64 blocks per game, which led the nation.

Louisiana Tech point guard Speedy Smith was named an honorable mention on the Associated Press’ All-American team. Smith had 267 assists this past season, the most by any player in Division One basketball.

Game two of the College Basketball Invitational championship series is tomorrow night in Monroe. ULM lost game one to Loyola of Chicago, 65 to 58. ULM needs to win tomorrow night to force a deciding game three on Friday.

In the NBA…the Pelicans begin a three-game road trip tomorrow night against the Lakers. New Orleans trails Oklahoma City by 2.5 games for the final playoff spot in the West.