07:30 LRN sportscast

The 19th-ranked LSU Tigers will host the Florida Gators tonight at Tiger Stadium. Kick-off is set at 6:30. It’s the 70th meeting between the SEC rivals. LSU has won 33 times, Florida has won 33 times and there have been three ties. Tigers Quarterback Jayden Daniels is expected to play after spending the week in concussion protocol.

The LSU men’s basketball team was upset last night at home as Nicholls defeated the Tigers 68-66. Jalen White scored the winning basket with one second left as he nailed a three-pointer. Nicholls led by as many as 24 points.

There was also a big upset in the high school football playoffs as Northshore shocked West Monroe nine to seven. The Panthers blocked a field goal on the final play of the game. The loss ends a 29-game winning streak in the first round of the playoffs for the Rebels. In another upset last night, St. Martinville over Leesville 46-40.
The Saints leave for Minnesota today to take on the Vikings tomorrow, but will wide receiver Michael Thomas make the trip? Thomas was reportedly arrested in Kenner last night. Thomas allegedly slapped a phone out of another person’s hand. The Saints say they are aware of the incident and gathering more information.

The Pelicans lost their fourth straight as they blew a seven-point fourth-quarter lead and lost to the Rockets 104 to 101 last night. Brandon Ingram had 31 points in a losing effort.

A win today for Nicholls on the football field and they will receive an automatic bid to the F-C-S playoffs. The Colonels host Lamar at 3 PM.

Also today….final home game of the season for Louisiana Tech and ULM. The Warhawks host Troy, while the Bulldogs face Sam Houston State. McNeese plays its final home game too as they host an improved Houston Christian team at 7 PM. Southeastern Louisiana is at Texas A-and-M Commerce and Tulane hosts Tulsa at 11 AM.