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You can read our UK-LSU pre-game coverage over at Kentuckysports.com, but let’s take a look at what the Louisiana media is saying about this afternoon’s game.
Matthew Harris of The Advocate in Baton Rouge writes that former Kentucky Mr. Basketball Anthony Hickey gets one more shot at Kentucky.
To know Hickey is to know how much he quietly craves a victory against a blueblood that never called, and how much ending a five-game road losing streak might alter the Tigers’ NCAA tournament fortunes.
“Getting that win will get the monkey off our backs,” he said. “We’re going in there with the mindset of, ‘We need this win on the road.’ ”
Glenn Guilbeau of the Shreveport Times writes that LSU can erase some road woes today.
LSU has won only five times against 41 losses at Kentucky. The Tigers last won there on March 13, 2009, by 67-58 on their way to their last NCAA Tournament. Kentucky won 82-44 on Jan. 15, 2011, and 75-70 last year.
That LSU win over Kentucky this season was at home, but still the Tigers manhandled the Wildcats. They led 22-6 seven minutes in and maintained a double-digit lead through much of the game as junior forward Johnny O’Bryant scored a season-high 29 points on 12-of-20 shooting.
Randy Rosetta of NOLA.com writes that ready or not, LSU gets a second chance at Kentucky.
Though the Tigers’ defense wasn’t exactly lock-down efficient against Kentucky that night, it has gotten progressively worse. Including the win against the Cats, LSU has surrendered 80 points or more in seven of the last eight games, which encompasses four road losses, most recently an 81-70 setback at Arkansas in a game when the Tigers played considerably better.
Foes are averaging 85 points a game in the Tigers’ five SEC road losses. Alabama, Georgia and Texas A&M topped their season scoring averages by 16.9 points or more.
Photo from first UK-LSU game by Associated Press.