LRN 4:45 Sportscast March 31

Could the Honey Badger be coming home? This offseason the Saints have lost both starting safeties and former. LSU star Tyrann Mathieu is still a free agent. Mathieu has been in Louisiana this week visiting his alma mater and has given hints on social media that he would be interested in joining his hometown team. Before heading to Baton Rouge, Mathieu played his high school ball at St. Augustine in New Orleans.

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 last night. 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. Both LeBron James and Anthony Davis could be back for LA for that contest.

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. LSU plays game one of a three-game set with Auburn starting tonight at Alex Box Stadium. Both sets of Tigers enter the series 3-3 in the Southeastern Conference part of a four-way tie for second place in the conference standings behind 5-1 Arkansas. All eyes will be on the smoking-hot bat of Brayden Jobert. Over his last three games, he’s batting .500 with five home runs and 16 RBI. 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.

The apex of March Madness is upon us. The women’s Final Four starts tomorrow night in Minneapolis with the men tipping off Saturday in New Orleans. On tonight’s undercard, Xavier faces Texas A&M in the National Invitational Tournament Championship.