6:45 LRN Sportscast January 1

At high noon today, it’s LSU versus Central Florida in the Fiesta Bowl. Both teams say they have a lot to play for. The Knights are looking to extend their winning streak to 26 games and they want to prove to college football fans that they belong with the big boys in the sport. The Tigers are looking for their first 10-win season since 2013 and Coach Ed Orgeron says the seven overtime loss to Texas A-and-M in the regular season finale also serves as motivation in this game…
Cut 30 (11) “…to approach it.”
LSU should have success running the football today. U-C-F allowed 227 yards a game on the ground this season.

In the Mercedes Benz Superdome tonight, fifth ranked Georgia takes on 15th ranked Texas at 7:45.

The Saints first playoff game is not until January 13th and Coach Sean Payton says that gives them time to improve on the fundamentals and techniques. Payton is not happy with how his team performed in Sunday’s 33-14 home loss to Carolina.

Elfrid Payton returned last night after missing 22 games and the Pelicans defeated Minnesota 123 to 114. Payton has only played in seven games this season, but the Pels have won six of them. And New Orleans won last night without Anthony Davis, who was out with an illness. Julius Randle had 33 points and 11 rebounds in A-D’s absence. Darius Miller had a big fourth quarter and finished with 21 points.

In college basketball, the Ragin Cajuns second leading scorer Malik Marquetti will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. The Senior was averaging 15 points a game and shooting 45-percent from three-point territory. The U-S-C transfer hurt his knee in Saturday’s win over Southeastern.