LSU 70, Kentucky 75 - Recap
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LSU 70, Kentucky 75 - Recap
Posted by SouthOfSouth on 1/28 at 7:22 am
LSU (10-7,1-5) lost to Kentucky (13-6,4-2) by 5 Saturday night in front of a 24,000+ Rupp Arena. With 3.9 seconds left, LSU dropped the lead to 1 on an offensive rebound putback by Johnny O'Bryant, but the Tigers were unable to pull off the upset. O'Bryant ended the night with 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 assists in 39 minutes of action.

A bit of controversy hit the hardwood when Kentucky came out of a timeout with 6 men on the court to break LSU's press with under 5 second remaining. Coach Calipari corralled a player off the court before the referee's were able to see the infraction. If called, LSU would have been given free throws with a chance to tie or take the lead.

LSU went into the half down 11 but were able to claw back on good shooting and taking care of the ball. The Tigers ended the game with 13 assists and only 10 turnovers (2nd lowest of the season), while allowing Kentucky only 7 assists to their 16 turnovers. LSU shot 50% from beyond the arc in the second half and 45% from FG range. Even more important, LSU show 12 of 15 from the free throw line for 80%, including 9 of 11 in the second half.

Unfortunately, the bigger, more athletic Wildcats were able to out-rebound LSU 39-29 and shoot over 60% from inside the arc. Nerlens Noel had 10 points, 8 rebounds and 6 blocks in 38 minutes of action. Overall, O'Bryant played him tough and was able to score over Noel often.



Charles Carmouche had a very nice return to the starting lineup ending with 7 points, 7 assists, 1 turnover, and 3 steals. His 53.88 Adjusted SoS makes him the first Tiger with 10 "Highly Efficient" games (Adj SoS over 45). Andre Stringer had 13 points on 7 shots including 3 of 4 from three point range, and Anthony Hickey had 15 in his return to Kentucky making 4 of 7 from three point range and finishing with 3 steals.

Kentucky was led by Alex Poythress who scored 20 and had 12 rebounds. Ryan Harrow (11) Archie Goodwin (15) and Nerlens Noel (10) also ended in double figure scoring for the Wildcats.

While LSU couldn't pull out the win, they played like a confident team ready to turn their season around. LSU will have another chance to knock off an SEC favorite when #22 Missouri comes to town on Wednesday night. While LSU doesn't have much of a chance to be an NCAA tournament at-large, they should embrace their role as spoiler and continue to work to improve.



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Posted by The Mick on 1/28 at 7:44 am to SouthOfSouth
I was proud of our boys. They really hung tough. Several leads in the 2nd half stretched a bit and we could have folded but we kept fighting back within a point or two every time.


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Posted by Hugo Stiglitz on 1/28 at 7:44 am to SouthOfSouth
No sticky?

Nice write up as always




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Posted by longhorn22 on 1/28 at 8:00 am to SouthOfSouth
I like that we hung with them


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Posted by S on 1/28 at 8:17 am to SouthOfSouth
shavon coleman didn't make a huge imprint on the stat sheet but that dude battled his arse off all day.


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Posted by SouthOfSouth on 1/28 at 8:27 am to S
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shavon coleman didn't make a huge imprint on the stat sheet but that dude battled his arse off all day.



Definitely. He pulled a very tough draw having to play the 4 against those guys. Kentucky definitely isn't undersized and Coleman played very tough.

I was pleased with the way we played. A win would have been great, but I think we have a legitimate chance against Mizz at home. If we can hit some shots at home and get a few calls then who knows.



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Posted by TXGunslinger10 on 1/28 at 8:30 am to S
I have yet to see a screen shot of the 6 men on the floor. Anybody have one?


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Posted by SouthOfSouth on 1/28 at 8:36 am to TXGunslinger10
Not a full shot, but here is him going onto the court. I think it was a pretty good call. Could have probably gone either way, but what a lousy way to win. We weren't guarding him so it didn't affect the game.




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Posted by The Mick on 1/28 at 8:40 am to SouthOfSouth
SoS

Are you with the team or athletic dept. in any capacity, or just a sick frick?



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Posted by SouthOfSouth on 1/28 at 9:03 am to The Mick
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Are you with the team or athletic dept. in any capacity, or just a sick frick?


Sick frick.



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Posted by DBeaux225 on 1/28 at 9:22 am to SouthOfSouth
It's amazing that we hung with them. They had a top recruiting class last year and we have TJ's players. I can't wait until Johnny Jones gets his recruits in here.


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Posted by Hugo Stiglitz on 1/28 at 10:59 am to SouthOfSouth
bump


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Posted by SouthOfSouth on 1/28 at 11:48 am to Hugo Stiglitz
For some reason, I have an excited feeling that we will play Missouri as tough as Kentucky and have a decent chance in that game. Would be a very big win for us.


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Posted by oauron on 1/28 at 1:08 pm to SouthOfSouth
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For some reason, I have an excited feeling that we will play Missouri as tough as Kentucky and have a decent chance in that game


I hope. I think we're starting to put it all together. I think if we put that same performance against Mizzou that we had in the 2nd half, we can win. Shoot, even Hammink showed a nice move driving to the basket on Saturday.



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Posted by SouthOfSouth on 1/28 at 1:10 pm to oauron
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Shoot, even Hammink showed a nice move driving to the basket on Saturday.


Slashing moves are a significant part of international basketball offenses. He has shown he can do that, but he hasn't shown me the ability to hit an open shot, which we need from him.

Im hoping he can get back into the rotation. I have high hopes for him. After hitting 5 of his first 10 3's he has missed 9 in a row dating back to the 5th game of the season.


This post was edited on 1/28 at 1:12 pm

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Posted by The Boat on 1/28 at 1:34 pm to SouthOfSouth
The crowd reaction to them calling that would have been legendary.


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Posted by oauron on 1/28 at 2:46 pm to The Boat
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The crowd reaction to them calling that would have been legendary.


Indeed it would have. If we would have won like that, it would definitely be some story.



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Posted by alajones on 1/28 at 2:52 pm to SouthOfSouth
The full court press is definitely making a difference. But our lack of "length" does also. Those offensive rebounds at the end of the game were killing us.


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Posted by SouthOfSouth on 1/28 at 3:04 pm to alajones
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The full court press is definitely making a difference. But our lack of "length" does also. Those offensive rebounds at the end of the game were killing us.


I think Kentuckys athleticism showed up a couple times and really killed us. One being some rebounding. Really looking forward to next year when we add the athleticism.



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Posted by ProjectP2294 on 1/28 at 3:10 pm to SouthOfSouth
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I think Kentuckys athleticism showed up a couple times and really killed us.

I still think their least athletic guy, Wiltjer had one of the biggest effects on the game. Dude throws a helluva moving screen and pushes you out of the way on rebounds like no other.


This post was edited on 1/28 at 3:11 pm

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