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Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports
When fans entered the PMAC on Tuesday night, they were asked not to use the ramps due to ice. When they turned on their TV's they were told not even to get on the roads due to ice, but when SEC and LSU officials decided it was game on, fans didn't listen. The estimated 3,500 students and few thousand others witnessed a game that may go down as the turnaround game of a program.

The subfreezing temperatures outside didn't stop LSU from coming out hot. Led by Johnny O'Bryant, LSU ran out to a 22-6 lead forcing turnovers and hitting shots. It was beautiful. It was physical. LSU endured an almost patented 5 minute struggle, but still went into halftime leading 42-36. While the lead had been cut, everyone still felt in control. The Tigers had played 20 successful minutes against Kentucky and the Legend of the Icedome began its birth.

The second half started similar to the first half with LSU extending the lead to 15, capturing the momentum. LSU went from a zone defense to a full court press that forced some turnovers from the Wildcats who ended the game with 13. It was a surprising move for Coach Jones to play almost the entire game in a 2-3 zone, but with Kentucky's season long success inside it seemed to be the ticket to victory.

Johnny O'Bryant scored a season high 29 points, grabbed 9 boards, blocked 2 shots and had a steal. Anthony Hickey played probably his best game of the season scoring 11 points and have a 6:0 ast:to ratio. Throw in 3 steals, 2 rebounds, and some spectacular decision making and you have a career type game. Coleman had 14 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and a block. Mickey had 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 blocks... If you don't get it yet, everyone had a great game.

Interesting Stats

#1 and #2 SEC block leaders went at it. Mickey ended the game with 5 blocks while Willie Cauley-Stein had 0.

LSU blocked 20.9% (11 of 53) of Kentucky two point attempts. Kentucky averages getting blocked only 7.3% of the time.

LSU's AST:TO ratio was 15:11 while Kentucky's was 8:13

LSU had 11 steals in the game. Kentucky had 6.

Anthony Hickey has made his last 8 free throws moving his season average from 50.0% to 64.3%

LSU assisted on 46.9% of their makes while Kentucky only assisted on 25% of their makes.

Johnny O'Bryant leads the SEC in points on post-ups averaging 7.2 points per game. He led the SEC last year at 4.8 points per game in post-up.

Kentucky made 9 of 20 three point shots, including 4 in the last 70 seconds.

LSU once again allowed an unexpected player to get a career high. This time it was 7' Dakari Johnson who scored 15. Previous high was 10.

LSU held UK to a 35.7% Offensive Rebound %. They average a NCAA leading 43.5% OR%

LSU should be favored in 5 of their next 6 games and could bust onto the scene as a possible NCAA tournament team in that time.
Filed Under: LSU Basketball

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Reply34 months
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YouAre8Up

Astute analysis :cheers:
34 months
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LSU should be favored in 5 of their next 6 games and could bust onto the scene as a possible NCAA tournament team in that time.
I would be a little more cautious here South. This team has a hallmark and it is that they are up and down. We were sky high for Kentucky but that is no guarantee we will play that way going forward.

Georgia, Arkansas, A&M,Florida and Kentucky are all road games we have yet to play. Those will all be hard to win. Bound to lose a couple at the very best. Three losses wouldn't surprise me. That would put us at 12-6 in the SEC assuming we win all five of the remaining home games. NCAA tourney? Perhaps but most likely NIT. Color me different but I would rather us go to the NIT and win four or five games than be a one and out in the NCAA.

This program is still building and CJJ has us on the right track. 12-6 or even 11-7 will still be a huge improvement.
Reply34 months
LSU's 11 blocks were the most by a Kentucky opponent in Calipari's five seasons as coach.
:cheers:

LINK
Reply34 months
Just here to say :nana: :cheers: :geauxtigers:
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Kentucky made 9 of 20 three point shots, including 4 in the last 70 seconds

The threes that KY could not miss in the last minute were not really nerve-wracking. Usually, this is where fans would be nervous. Players were very composed yesterday.
Reply34 months
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thankfully randle had an off night. young was keeping them in it. great game plan by coach jones and the staff coming out in zone at the beginning of the game and pressing to start the 2nd half. they subbed guys in and out to make things work the way they needed it to.
Reply34 months
Polson played a lot for UK last night. That's an indicator of how pissed Cal was. Polson's minutes are directly proportional to Cal's ire.
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great game plan by coach jones and the staff coming out in zone at the beginning of the game and pressing to start the 2nd half. they subbed guys in and out to make things work the way they needed it to.

I'm glad CJJ allowed Anthony to use the "push up court fast paced" quick rotation version of the half court offense. I'm not sure that was the game plan, or if it was Hickey running the offense how he wanted. Often times CJJ has Anthony slow it down too much IMO. Works much better this way. Maybe Cal was expecting that stagnant offense???
34 months
The guys looked like they were finally have fun playing last night. Big props to Coleman. The guy had an amazing game.
Reply34 months
Coleman has been an unsung hero all season long. He has flat out played. I don't see him in the NBA, but man has he been good on this level. Really love what he adds to the team.

We move him to the two spot for this game and he dishes out 5 assists.... It just shows how versatile he is.
34 months
Nice recap!
It was a great team effort.
Great to see Coleman driving the middle and going strong to the basket, a couple of times.
Guessing Hawgs are really going to pack their D tight around JOB, so JJ may need to make a few adjustments to counter the Hawgs defensive strategy.
If everyone plays with this intensity, good things will happen.
:geauxtigers:
Reply34 months
One of favorite moments last night was after coach thanked the crowd andre stringer was standing at front of bench. When coach walked by stringer gave coach a monster hug when jj returned. When they let go stringer had the biggest smile possible and jj kept his arm around him.

Stringer has had so limited big moments while here and seems to be such a hard working kid. It was great seeing him be able to enjoy a moment like that
Reply34 months
Gotta love moments where players get to reap the benefits of their hard work they put in. As fans, we are very lucky to experience the finished product, but those kids work their asses off daily for that moment.

Happy for him and the team as a whole.
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One of favorite moments last night was after coach thanked the crowd andre stringer was standing at front of bench. When coach walked by stringer gave coach a monster hug when jj returned. When they let go stringer had the biggest smile possible and jj kept his arm around him.


That was really cool to see.
34 months
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Stringer has had so limited big moments while here and seems to be such a hard working kid. It was great seeing him be able to enjoy a moment like that


Stringer is by far my favorite player on this team. He has obviously accepted his changed/limited role on this team and it hasn't slowed him down a bit. It was great to see him and the others get to celebrate this big win.
34 months
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Image Link

HICK :bow:

Great picture
Reply34 months
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Great picture


I know. I wish I had taken it. :banghead:

That's okay. I'll be back for the Arkansas game on Saturday! Cant wait!
34 months
Happy as hell I fought the roads to go. Took me an hour and a half to get back home to Gonzales but it was worth every minute. :nana:
Reply34 months
Ha ya it took us about same time to get home. Wesaw a few people ditch it in front of us but the best was some jackass flying on perkins between bluebonnet and seigen. He hit a patch and looked like a nascar spin out and absolutely smoked the brick wall of that gated retirement community. Sparks flew everywhere and looked kike fireworks show. Before can even get stopped he does a spin u turn and hauls arse again. Guessing drunk cause didnt even get out to check damage
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Happy as hell I fought the roads to go. Took me an hour and a half to get back home to Gonzales but it was worth every minute.

Which road did you take from campus to Gonzales?
34 months
6000 were there but 20000 will tell story years later how theytoughed out storm and madeit out.

Was an incredible atmosphere last night with peop
e outside ofthe ss standing. Everyone around uswas hardcore fans and it was actually a blast talking and high fiving during game with people that knew the team like we did and not my first game of year crowd. No one was there to sit on their hands. Most time during big game people that know when to cheer are spread out and excitement is hardto spread over people asking you to sit down. Tonite it was like a wild fire with no lame asses buffering excitement
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6000 were there but 20000 will tell story years later how they toughed out storm and made it out.

You should ask them where they lived? There are some minor 'bridges' on the way to the campus on Burbank and Nicholson that I could take and avoid I-10. Police had these streets closed.

Unless you had a special pass, you had to turn back.
34 months
Wish our lead would've held up. UK fans pissed that they didn't foul at the end of the game with 20 seconds left but that was awesome game.
Reply34 months
Hell of a game last night and a surprisingly good atmosphere in the Deaf Dome. Glad we came out with the W, and hopefully this is the start of the Tigers' season turnaround. :GeauxTigers:
Reply34 months
:lsu:
Reply34 months
:geauxtigers: :bow:
34 months
What a great game for this team. It's a shame more people couldn't be there to get caught up in the excitement.
Reply34 months
<---- one happy rantard.


:geauxtigers:
34 months
Why is it we can beat Kentucky and not Alabama??? :rolleyes:
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It's a shame more people couldn't be there to get caught up in the excitement.
I guess the safety of Alabama and Auburn fans is more important than the poor LSU fans. The SEC office cancelled the basketball Iron Bowl that was scheduled for Tuesday night and rescheduled it for Thursday. Why couldn't they have done the same for LSU/UK? How dare anybody inconvenience the Kentucky and ESPN darlings.
34 months
I'd like to coin the phrase "hotter than Johnny O'Bryant in an ice storm." :lol:
Reply34 months
Nice
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I'd like to coin the phrase "hotter than Johnny O'Bryant in an ice storm."


I am telling that to the next OT 8 I see.

Hey baby, you are hotter than Johnny O'Bryant in an ice storm.
34 months
Never trailed! Amazing.
Reply34 months
:geauxtigers:
34 months
Fantastic performance all around
Reply34 months
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