Today, the Kentucky Wildcats and the Big Blue Nation welcome the LSU Tigers to Rupp Arena for an important contest for both teams. The Wildcats need to build on the momentum built by a win over Ole Miss after dropping a tough game at home to the Florida Gators. The Tigers are coming off a win in Baton Rouge against Mississippi St.
Essentials for victory
Get fouled — Kentucky has to get to the line, unlike their last game against the Tigers. The home venue should help.
Defend Johnny O'Bryant III in the post — Yes, that probably means a double-team, because O'Bryant dominated the Wildcats last time.
Take care of the basketball — Kentucky was very loose with the ball in Oxford against the Mississippi Rebels, and that needs to change back to earlier form.
Dominate the offensive glass — A solid performance rebounding the ball is Kentucky's best weapon against LSU.
Defend the LSU guards well — Anthony Hickey and Andre Stringer were very good in Baton Rouge. Kentucky needs to handle them better than they did then.
Show that they've got it — We've been wondering if maybe the last two games represent the point at which this team becomes a genuine national title contender. This would be a fine time to show that we have reached, and passed, that point.
Perhaps no team in the SEC matches up as well as LSU against Kentucky, and that is why this game provides a unique challenge on many levels. A convincing win here, and most of the country would start to believe the Wildcats have finally turned the corner. A loss, and the answer would be the opposite. Style points do matter in this, and a really ugly win will do Kentucky no good other than a W in the record.
It's time. Go, 'Cats!