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LSU (10-6,1-4) @ Kentucky (12-6,3-2) - Sat 3pm - CBS


Who: LSU Tigers vs Kentucky Wildcats
When: 3pm Saturday, Jan 26
Where: Kentucky's Rupp Arena (23,000, 2nd largest NCAA)
How:
TV: SECN, CBS
Radio: 98.1FM, 199XM, 123 Sirius
Stream: ESPN3.com

LSU (10-6,1-4) takes on the Kentucky Wildcats (12-6,3-2) in Rupp Arena on Saturday afternoon. LSU is coming off their first SEC win against Texas A&M, who beat Kentucky in Rupp a couple weeks ago. The Tigers fell behind early, but were able to scratch their way back using a full court press that forced 24 turnovers. LSU amassed 19 steals, a team best since 1991.

A big story line to follow centers around LSU point guard, Anthony Hickey. Hickey, the Kentucky native, was Mr. Kentucky basketball his senior year of high school, but was not recruited by either Kentucky or Louisville. Hickey has always felt a bit spiteful that the two hometown schools didn't see his worth. Hickey is sure to have some extra pep in his step playing in his home state for the first time since high school.

Another storyline centers around the newfound physical play of Johnny O'Bryant. "We always want Johnny to play big boy basketball any night we're out there, regardless of who the opponent is. Size and strength, you want him to be that way. If we're playing someone not as big and not as strong, we absolutely want him to be playing that same way because I think it's beneficial for our team. When we're strong and taking the ball to the rim, it helps us get into the foul count. It helps us put more pressure on our opponent."

O'Bryant has gone away from his fading shot and made some moves attacking the basket which have helped him with two consecutive double doubles. He will be important against the athletic big men of Kentucky. Kyle Wiltjer 6'10", Alex Poythress 6'7", and Nerlins Noel 6'10" have been without seven footer Cauley-Stein with a knee injury and he is questionable for the LSU game. I will update with Cauley-Stein information as it comes out.



Kentucky is led by their freshman class who have come in NBA ready. The team, however, has not gelled as well as last season's Kentucky team and has shown that in their 6 losses. They yet to have a real signature win with most of their wins coming against lesser opponents. In SEC play, they have lost to Texas A&M at home and Alabama on the road. They beat Auburn, Tennessee and Vanderbilt for their three SEC wins. Cauley-Stein is an important piece of their game, so his ability to play will be a big factor in this one.



Kentucky only plays 8 people significant minutes. Cauley-Stein may be out with injury. Both LSU and Kentucky lack superior depth but like to play at a fast tempo. Look for LSU to try and force Kentucky freshman into some turnovers with their press that worked so well against Texas A&M.

Nerlens Noel has been lights out his freshman season. He averages 10.7 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 2.5 steals, 4.2 blocks and only 1.8 turnovers per game. Those remarkably impressive numbers contribute to his incredible 47.21 Unadjusted SoS and his almost "Taking Over" 59.83 Adjusted SoS. Fortunately for LSU, he does not draw a ton of fouls, but it will be imperative that LSU contains him. It would be very beneficial if the Tigers were able to attack the shot blocker and get him into foul trouble.

Texas A&M beat Kentucky with a 40 point burt from Elston Turner who went 17-19 from the floor, including 6-10 from 3 point land. He had 4 assists and 0 turnovers in that game with 6 rebounds. LSU will need a similar effort from Anthony Hickey to win in Rupp. Is it possible? Of course. Likely? Absolutely not.

Prediction:
LSU 62, Kentucky 75



This post was edited on 1/25 at 12:34 pm



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Jim Rockford
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re: LSU (10-6,1-4) @ Kentucky (12-6,3-2) - Sat 3pm - CBS


I'm believing in an upset





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I'm believing in an upset


I definitely think LSU can. They will need someone to go off though. Either Carmouche, Stringer, or Hickey (best bet is hickey) would need to really get the hot hand.

If you looked at aTm @ Kent, aTm did it on a big 40 point night by E Turner. LSU is set up very similarly to aTm and I think that we need to have a similar performance to pull it off.






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re: LSU (10-6,1-4) @ Kentucky (12-6,3-2) - Sat 3pm - CBS


Do you have any injury updates?





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Do you have any injury updates?


From everything that has come out, Carmouche is good, Eddie and Collins still are gonna be out.

I havent heard on Cauley-Stein yet but that should come out this afternoon.






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re: LSU (10-6,1-4) @ Kentucky (12-6,3-2) - Sat 3pm - CBS


I'd like to see LSU start out pressing and see where it goes.







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LSUGrad9295
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re: LSU (10-6,1-4) @ Kentucky (12-6,3-2) - Sat 3pm - CBS


As the years have gone by, my interest in college basketball and following all the teams has waned....and I guess this is proven by the fact that I haven't heard of a single player on the Kentucky roster. Kinda sad...

Anyways, kind of interesting that both LSU teams...men and women...will be in Lexington this weekend. Apparently the women's team will be at Rupp to watch the men's game on Saturday. Nice to see the teams supporting each other and here is to at least one of the teams escaping Lexington with a win this weekend.






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I'd like to see LSU start out pressing and see where it goes.


I can't say I disagree with this. Our lack of depth makes this hard, I suppose.

Right now, we are a cheap knock-off of Nolan Richardson's "40 minutes of hell"....we are kinda like "24 minutes of hell"






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c on z
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re: LSU (10-6,1-4) @ Kentucky (12-6,3-2) - Sat 3pm - CBS


Are you sure this game is televised on CST? My TV guide has it on CBS





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Yes!!!

EPL in the a.m. then B-ball at 3.






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re: LSU (10-6,1-4) @ Kentucky (12-6,3-2) - Sat 3pm - CBS


Is there a line out yet?





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Thanks





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LSUGrad9295
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The game will be broadcast as the second half of the Saturday doubleheader on the SEC Network with Clay Matvick and Joe Dean, Jr., on the call beginning at 4:01 p.m. EST (3:01 p.m. CST). Affiliates carrying the game in the state of Louisiana are: Alexandria - KLAX-DT2; Baton Rouge - WAFB-TV; Lafayette - KLAF-TV: Monroe - KARD; New Orleans - WUPL; and, Shreveport - KMSS.


I think he confused the CST with "Central Standard Time".






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I'd like to see LSU start out pressing and see where it goes.

I think we need to. It seems like we start every game in a huge hole.






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re: LSU (10-6,1-4) @ Kentucky (12-6,3-2) - Sat 3pm - CBS


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I'd like to see LSU start out pressing and see where it goes.


Only chance of winning IMO.






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MFn GIMP
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re: LSU (10-6,1-4) @ Kentucky (12-6,3-2) - Sat 3pm - CBS


Please, Dear Baby Jesus let LSU win this game. Living in southern Kentucky during basketball season is horrible.





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re: LSU (10-6,1-4) @ Kentucky (12-6,3-2) - Sat 3pm - CBS


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Are you sure this game is televised on CST? My TV guide has it on CBS


LSUSports.net said CST, but I'll check on that.






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re: LSU (10-6,1-4) @ Kentucky (12-6,3-2) - Sat 3pm - CBS


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I'd like to see LSU start out pressing and see where it goes.
I love to see LSU in a press. However with limited depth, 40 minutes of full court press will cost us at the end of games. Working in a half-court press in the first half might offer defensive intensity with a reprieve from the exhaustion of a full court press.






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I think he confused the CST with "Central Standard Time".




ugh. ill edit






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re: LSU (10-6,1-4) @ Kentucky (12-6,3-2) - Sat 3pm - CBS


Hopefully the 3 pointers fall tomorrow and ADP can hold onto some rebounds.





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