"GOOD LUCK, WE'RE ALL COUNTING ON YOU"
LSU faces tall task at Kentucky
LSU is taking their broken down show on the road---into the Wildcats Den. Weighed down with nine straight losses, LSU faces a Kentucky squad still licking their wounds from a blowout loss to Florida on Saturday. The 15th Ranked UK crew is favored by 24 points in tonight's game that tips off at 6pm on the SEC Network. You can catch Chris Blair's play-by-play on the LSU Radio Network at the same time on KWKH, 1130 The Tiger.
For LSU to have a chance tonight, they will need to get better output from their leading scorer, Antonio Blakeney, who is averaging just under seven points per game over the last three outings after pumping in 17 points per game in the Tigers first seven SEC games. Defensively, LSU faces Kentucky's three-headed freshmen monster: Malik Monk leads the SEC with 21.9 points per game and gets plenty of help from De'Aaron Fox at 16 points per game and fellow rookie Bam Adebayo who chips in with 13 per game.
ORGERON PICKING MORE THAN PEACHES IN RUSTON?
Ed Orgeron appears poised to poach a member of Skip Holtz's Louisiana Tech coaching staff to fill a void down in Baton Rouge. New Orleans native, Mickey Joseph, currently the running backs coach at Tech, is close to signing on the dotted line to join Coach "O's" crew according to The Advocate. Southern Cal running backs coach, Tommie Robinson, who was with Orgeron on the Trojans staff in 2013, is also heading to LSU according to the report.
The two are expected to take the spots created when Orgeron dismissed wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Dameyune Craig and re-assigned running backs coach Jabbar Juluke the day after National Signing Day. Joseph and Robinson have each coached receivers and running backs in their coaching history.
Interestingly, Joseph has already replaced Juluke once in his career, taking over the spot in Ruston after Juluke departed for Texas Tech and then LSU. Before landing the gig with Holtz, Joseph coached receivers and special teams at Grambling for a couple of seasons in 2014 and '15.
PELICANS RIDE DAVIS TO WIN; LOOK FOR HELP BEFORE TRADE DEADLINE
Anthony Davis poured in 34 points, including six free throws in the final thirty seconds, to fuel the New Orleans Pelicans past Phoenix, 111-106 Monday night in the Smoothie King Center. The win snapped a four-game losing streak and came on a day when the Pelicans were linked to several trade rumors, including bringing Philadelphia big man, Jahlil Okafor to the Crescent City in exchange for Alexis Ajinca and the 2018 1st round pick. In addition, the Pels were also reportedly in talks with Brooklyn for veteran center Brook Lopez.
New Orleans is currently on the outside looking in when it comes to the Western Conference playoff picture. Adding some inside scoring punch and defensive help for Davis while ridding themselves of Ajinca's contract seems to be a high priority. If New Orleans can figure out a way to dump Omer Asik and his $33 million deal, according to multiple reports, his days with the Pelicans are numbered with the trade deadline just over two weeks away.
SAINTS POSSIBLY RETURNING TO JACKSON FOR TRAINING CAMP
The Saints will not be returning to the Greenbriar in West Virginia for training camp---and according to several reports, the black and gold will return to their roots this summer by training at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. The campus was the Saints training camp home the first three seasons of the Sean Payton/Drew Brees era.
And... Atlanta blew a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl.