Gambit Sports Weekend: Pelicans, LSU, UNO, Tulane and NCAA basketball

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There’s a lot going on this weekend in the local sports universe ...

New Orleans Saints

The Saints were busy this week re-signing right tackle Zach Strief and new fullback Erik Lorig. Center still is a position of need for the black and gold. Brian de la Puente visited the Washington Redskins this week , so it appears general manager Mickey Loomis will let the center sign elsewhere.

I felt last Friday that Loomis would sign a center over the weekend; that didn’t happen. Maybe this weekend? From watching this all play out, it’s clear that Loomis is letting the market play out to see what offers guys like de la Puente and free agent Jonathan Goodwin are offered. I still feel Goodwin will be signed at some point though. When there’s a $20 million quarterback on your team, I feel like protecting him with the entire United States military should be at the top of your list of concerns.

Right tackle Zach Strief was re-signed this week by the New Orleans Saints. - COURTESY NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
  • COURTESY NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
  • Right tackle Zach Strief was re-signed this week by the New Orleans Saints.

New Orleans Pelicans (27-40)

The Pelicans have lost three out of their last four. Their latest loss was an extremely disappointing 107-100 defeat to the Toronto Raptors at the Smoothie King Center. Anthony Davis did not play in Wednesday night’s game because of an upper respiratory infection, however that’s no excuse because the Pels blew a 14 point first half lead. The team also had a 4-point lead with 4:26 in the game and let it slip away. With Davis back to full force, hopefully the Pelicans can start a winning streak tonight in Atlanta and again on Saturday vs Lebron James’ Miami Heat.

Friday March 21 @ Atlanta 6:30 pm (FSNO)
Saturday March 22 vs Miami 7 pm (FSNO)

Prediction - Who wins? Pelicans split two games this weekend. They’ll defeat Atlanta tonight, but come back and play the Heat close for a while before James’ gang pulls away in the 4th period to beat the Pels.
LSU Basketball (20-13)

The Tigers went to San Francisco Wednesday night and left with a 71-63 victory over the San Francisco Dons. LSU now moves to the second round of the NIT championship to play Larry Brown’s SMU Mustangs Monday night in Dallas.

Monday March 24 @ SMU 8 pm (ESPN, ESPN3)

Prediction – Who wins? The Tigers season will come to an unfortunate end on Monday evening in Dallas as they’ll lose to the Mustangs. Their up and down play all season long will come back to haunt them Monday. SMU is (16-1) at home and (8-0) at home in non-conference games, so the Tigers will struggle in the Moody Coliseum Monday night.

LSU Baseball (18-4)

The 8th ranked Tigers lost two out of three in Nashville last weekend vs Vanderbilt, however came back Wednesday night at Alex Box Stadium to defeat South Alabama 9-0. In Saturday’s double-header vs Vanderbilt, true freshman Kyle Bousman allowed 7 runs and fellow freshman Jared Poche was tagged for 6 runs. They’ll need all the help they can get this weekend on the rubber as LSU continues SEC play this weekend vs the Georgia Bulldogs.

Friday March 21 - vs Georgia 7 pm (CST)
Saturday March 22 - vs Georgia 6:30 pm (CST)
Sunday March 23- vs Georgia 12 pm

Prediction - Who wins? Getting their first SEC series out of the way last weekend and being at home this weekend at the Box helps LSU. They’ll take two out of three from the Bulldogs.

UNO Baseball (5-12)

The Privateers defeated Tulane Wednesday night 7-3 at Maestri Field. Prior to that, UNO lost a weekend series to 18th ranked Sam Houston State. This weekend they had to Houston for a 3-game set vs Houston Baptist University.

Friday March 21- @ Houston Baptist University 2 pm
Saturday March 22 - @ Houston Baptist University 1 pm
Sunday March 23 - @ Houston Baptist University 2 pm

Prediction - Who wins? UNO goes to Houston and comes back to their Lakefront campus with 2 more losses as they win one game this weekend.

Tulane Baseball (10-10)

To say the Green Wave baseball team is struggling would be a nice thing to say. The Wave have lost four in a row, seven out of their last eight and dropped their last game 7-3 vs UNO. I have to wonder if Wave fans are over Rick Jones and would like a change now or even at the end of the season. They’ll take on Middle Tennessee at Turchin Stadium this weekend.

Friday March 21 vs Middle Tennessee 6:30 pm
Saturday March 22 vs Middle Tennessee 2 pm
Sunday March 23 @ Middle Tennessee 1 pm

Prediction - Who wins? Tulane continues to suffer in the win department. They’ll win one game this weekend at home.

NCAA Basketball

No local area schools made the NCAA tournament, however our friends over in Lafayette did. The University of Louisiana-Lafayette made the 64 team tournament as #14 seed by winning the Sun Belt Conference title last weekend here in New Orleans. They take on the Creighton Blue Jays, the #3 seed, this afternoon. Good luck Cajuns.

Creighton vs University of Louisiana-Lafayette 2:10 PM (tru-TV)

Enjoy the great weather this weekend and catch a ball game or two in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. 

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