Ten notes from first UK-LSU game

Ten notes from the first UK-LSU game back on January 28 in Baton Rouge, won by LSU 87-82.

1. Kentucky fell behind 12-2 and 22-6.

2. Johnny O’Bryant scored 10 of LSU’s first 18 points and finished with 29 points and nine rebounds. He made 12 of 20 shots from the floor. Afterward, John Calipari said he should have double-teamed the LSU center earlier.

3. ESPN commentator Dan Dakich said during the broadcast, “LSU is competing. Kentucky is just playing.”

4. Julius Randle was held to a season-low six points. Randle made just three of 11 shots and missed his only free throw attempt. The only other game in which Randle attempted just one free throw was Robert Morris. He missed that lone attempt, as well.

5. O’Bryant didn’t do it by himself in the first game. Shavon Coleman scored 14 points, grabbed nine rebounds and made five assists. Jordan Mickey had 14 points, six rebounds and blocked five shots. Guard Anthony Hickey had six assists and three steals.

6. LSU blocked 11 Kentucky shots. That was the most shots blocked by a UK opponent since South Carolina blocked 16 in beating the Cats on February 25, 2009.

7. Dakari Johnson played well in Baton Rouge, scoring 15 points and grabbing six rebounds in 20 minutes before fouling out.

8. LSU shot 50.8 percent from the floor. Missouri shot 52.9 against UK the next week. In the five games since then, only Florida has shot better than 40 percent against the Cats. The Gators shot 44 percent.

9. Kentucky took just 13 free throws in Baton Rouge, making nine. That’s the fewest free throws the Cats have taken in a game since February 27 last season when it was eight-of-11 against Mississippi State.

10. Though the final score was a respectable 87-82, LSU actually led 83-70 with 1:13 left.

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