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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.
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lsu2006 - 22 months ago


Astute analysis :cheers:
YouAre8Up - 22 months ago
Hat Tricks - 22 months ago

Which road did you take from campus to Gonzales?

Highland to Bluebonnet. Highland started getting kind of rough so I turned onto Bluebonnet because it looked like it had been traveled on more. Was going to try and take Bluebonnet all the way over to Airline. Made it up to Perkins where I saw Bluebonnet was closed on down by the mall. Took Perkins all the way down to Highland where I got back on Highland and over to Airline. Then Airline all the way home.
Tom Bronco - 22 months ago

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.
willthezombie - 22 months ago

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.
Dirty Pierre - 22 months ago
LSU's 11 blocks were the most by a Kentucky opponent in Calipari's five seasons as coach.

AtlantaLSUfan - 22 months ago
Just here to say :nana: :cheers: :geauxtigers:
Elleshoe - 22 months ago
took Nicholson to Government for me and Nicholson was a brutal mess.
josh336 - 22 months ago
Took me 1.5 hrs to get home. Went down nicholson to bluebonnet. Lost control on the turn onto bluebonnet, luckily no one was around. Was going about 10mph the whole way
fightingtiger2335 - 22 months ago
Ya took me a long time coming from woodlawn but I was making it no matter what
YellowShoe - 22 months ago

Please don't start ruining hoops threads with your incessant negativity

Needs to be reiterated.
kpg4842 - 22 months ago
:geauxtigers: :bow:
BigEdLSU - 22 months ago
River road was open
Britgirl - 22 months ago

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???
YellowShoe - 22 months ago

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?
YellowShoe - 22 months ago

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.
Britgirl - 22 months ago

Coleman has been an unsung hero all season long. He has flat out played

I love Shavon's passion and attitude. He gets really upset if things are going badly and the bench all know it (he doesn't go after other players, he just shows his feelings).
I really like how he worked the back court with Anthony last night. I'll miss him when he's gone.
YellowShoe - 22 months ago

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.
ProjectP2294 - 22 months ago
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.
S - 22 months ago
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.
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