11:40 LRN Sportscast March 31

CJ McCollum scored a team-high 25 points in his first game back in Portland since joining the Pelicans as New Orleans defeated the Trail Blazers 117-107. The Pels have now won five of their last seven games, and with only six games to play in the regular season, they lead the Los Angeles Lakers by 1.5 games and San Antonio by two games in the race for the 9th spot in the West. That would mean New Orleans would host a play-in tournament game at the Smoothie King Center. They meet up with the Lakers in the final game of their season series on Friday.

In a surprising move, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians has decided to step down from his position and step into the Tampa front office. Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has been named as his successor, with a press conference scheduled for today.

Former LSU standout, and graduate of DBU, Patrick Peterson announced that he will be re-signing with the Minnesota Vikings. Notable Tigers still looking for a home include wideout Jarvis Landry and safety Tyrann Mathieu.

After dropping four of five, LSU baseball has won three straight in impressive fashion. The Tigers have outscored their opponents 42-10 during the streak, and junior outfielder Gavin Dugas says when you’re this hot, you’ve just gotta roll with it.

Cut 17 (13) “…can take ‘em.”

LSU plays game one of a three game set with Auburn starting tonight at Alex Box Stadium. Game time is set for 6 pm.

The number of LSU men’s basketball players entering the transfer portal has risen to seven. Freshmen Bradley Ezewiro and Justice Williams are the latest two to explore their options following the termination of Will Wade. Ezewiro played in only seven games last season, with Williams seeing action in 20.

McNeese State overcame a two-run deficit to defeat Southern 9-7 at Joe Miller Park in Lake Charles. Payton Harden went 2-of-4 with two runs and two RBI for McNeese, and Sean-Michael Brady pitched two innings for the win.