11:40 LRN Sportscast

The Pelicans are tied for first place in the Western Conference, with a 22-12 record heading into tonight’s home game against Philadelphia. This time last year the team was 12-22. All-star Forward Zion Williamson credits the team’s improvement to the work they have put in after last year’s surprise resurgence…
Cut 15 (20) “…something special.”
Williamson scored a career-high 43 points in the win Wednesday night and has been the leading scorer on the team while Brandon Ingram has been sidelined by a toe injury.

The 9th ranked LSU Lady Tigers had a statement win last night as they routed 24th ranked Arkansas 69 to 45 to open up SEC play.

Louisiana Tech trounced UTSA 91-69 as the Bulldogs shot 54-percent from the field. Isaiah Crawford had 20 points and six steals.

Sun Belt play started last night, the Ragin Cajuns missed a three-pointer with one second left and lost to Coastal Carolina 77-76. Jordan Brown had 25 points in a losing effort. ULM topped two-time conference regular season champion Texas State 57-53. Tyreke Locure had 12 points and eight rebounds.

LSU safety Major Burns says he’s coming back for his senior season, while Saints running back Alvin Kamara has yet to practice this week because of a personal issue.