LRN Sportscast 16:45 February 2nd

Louisiana Tech released its football schedule today and it features six home games, starting with the season opener against Southern. The Bulldogs will also host F-I-U, U-L Lafayette, Middle Tennessee, North Texas and Southern Miss. The Bulldog road games are against UTEP, Rice, Texas-San Antonio, Mississippi State, Kansas State and Western Kentucky.

A billboard that honors former LSU standout and New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Junior is on display in Times Square in New York City. It’s scheduled to run Thursday and it features Beckham’s one-handed catch against Iowa in the 2014 Outback Bowl. The slogan “Born on the Bayou” can be found on it as well. Beckham was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year this past weekend.

Louisiana Tech men’s basketball player Speedy Smith has been named Conference USA player of the week. Smith had double-doubles in wins over Western Kentucky and Marshall last week.

Super Bowl 49 had the highest-ever TV Rating as the game between the Patriots and Seahawks drew a 49.7 rating. The city of New Orleans had the second highest viewership when compared to all other major metro cities. New Orleans had a 55.7 local rating, only Boston had a higher TV rating.

There should be a good television audience for tonight’s Pelicans game. New Orleans hosts Atlanta, the Hawks are trying to win their 20th straight game. The Pelicans are expected to have All-Star Anthony Davis avaiable tonight. He missed Friday’s win over the Clippers with a groin injury.

In college basketball action tonight…Southeastern Louisiana will host McNeese State. The Lions are looking to snap a three-game losing streak, while the Cowboys are coming off a win against U-N-O and begin a three-game road trip in Hammond tonight. U-N-O is at Nicholls State tonight. For the Colonels it’s there stuff Stopher game and fans are encouraged to wear red. Tip-off is at 6:30.