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Kentucky Wildcats (1) at LSU Tigers: Open Game Thread

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It's a cat-fight today in Baton Rouge as the Kentucky Wildcats take their #1 ranking down to the bayou in an attempt to keep the SEC winning streak alive at seven in a row. Game particulars as follows:

Kentucky @ LSU
Kentucky at LSU
Sat., Jan. 28 - 4:00 p.m. ET
PMAC
Baton Rouge, La.
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The Wildcats come in to the PMAC on a roll, winners of their last 12 consecutive contests. LSU, on the other hand, has had a tough January, winning only a couple of games since the turn of the calendar. Much of this has been without freshman star Johnny O'Bryant, who is available for the second straight game today.

For the LSU take on things, visit And The Valley Shook, A Sea of Blue's excellent Bayou Bengals blog.

What Kentucky needs to do to win:

  • Defensive rebound. LSU is a good offensive rebounding team, and their winning percentage is directly tied to their performance on the offensive glass.
  • Make free throws. LSU has a record of putting teams on the line, and Kentucky needs to continue what has been a good string of free throw shooting lately.
  • Be patient on offense. One of the biggest keys to winning in a hostile environment is clean offensive execution, and getting good, solid shots off.
  • Defend the post. LSU may be too big inside for Anthony Davis, and double teams may be necessary. That makes UK vulnerable to three point shots, so UK's defensive rotation needs to be crisp.
  • Attack in transition. LSU likes to play at a faster pace than Kentucky's two most recent foes, so UK should get some transition opportunities.

LSU is much more dangerous this year than in recent years. They have a lot of young talent, like Johnny O'Bryant III and Anthony Hickey, among others, and a decent bench to allow them to be aggressive on defense. They will be hyped for this game, and LSU is fully capable of pulling the upset.

With that said, I don't expect one. Go, 'Cats!