06:45 Sportscast, April 5th, 2016

After scoring 18 runs in its last two games, LSU Coach Paul Mainieri is hopeful his team has broken out of its offensive slump. Prior to Saturday’s doubleheader, the Tigers scored six runs in their last four games. Mainieri believes the team started gaining confidence in the ninth inning of Saturday’s 8-5 loss to Auburn…:
Cut 16 (20) “with your mind”
No. 14 LSU plays host to Southern today in Alex Box Stadium.

Former LSU star Shaquille O’Neal has been added to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as part of a 10 member class announced Monday ahead of the NCAA basketball championship. Shaq won four NBA championships and an MVP award and is in the league’s top 10 in career scoring.

Also in college baseball today, Tulane and Southeastern will enter a rematch today at 630 in Turchin Stadium. Since beating the Green Wave in March, the Lions went on a program best 14 game winning streak and have outscored their past 16 opponents 155-43. Tulane is 13-1 at home.

Elsewhere, UL-Lafayette hosts Northwestern State. Nicholls State is at Lamar. ULM plays Jackson State at home. McNeese state hosts Houston. Grambling plays Texas College at home.

Last night, it was Villanova who picked up a close 77-74 win over North Carolina for the national title Monday in Houston. Kris Jenkins hit a thrilling game winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Wildcats to the NCAA championship.

Former LSU golfer Smylie Kaufman is making his debut at the Masters this week.

The New Orleans Pelicans, winning two of their last three and hurting lottery chances, will take on Philadelphia on the road today at 6. The Pels have the league’s 6th worst record and a 6.3% chance of being the top pick.