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Kentucky has mostly had it’s way with LSU during the Calipari era, but tonight’s matchup in Baton Rouge is a very tough spot for the Wildcats. Winning this one will certainly help the UK NCAA Tournament seed.

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NCAA Basketball: Louisiana State at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickies.

Tonight, Kentucky heads down to the bayous of Baton Rouge Louisiana to take on the LSU Tigers in a game that will either put Kentucky back in a tie for first, or keep them leading the SEC. Technically, it would drop them to third since they would’ve lost to the other two teams at the top.

LSU is favored to win this game, and should be. The two teams are statistically very similar, both doing most of their damage inside and shooting poorly overall from the perimeter.

The big stat to watch in this game is offensive rebounding. LSU is the best offensive rebounding team in the SEC and #13 in the country, while Kentucky is uncharacteristically only average. If that holds up, the extra shots LSU is likely to get will be the difference, even though Kentucky is a much better defensive team.

Also, in an unusual twist, LSU is an even better free throw shooting team than Kentucky in SEC play, which suggests that they are not going to beat themselves from the charity stripe.

To win, Kentucky’s guards must draw a lot of fouls and the UK front court must hold their own on the glass while avoiding foul trouble, particularly Nick Richards. Seeing as this game is on the road, that’s going to be a tall order.

Ashton Hagans really needs to bring his best decision-making tonight for UK to win. Kentucky has been the better road team this season, but LSU has held the Maravich Center inviolate every game but one this season — a pre-conference head-scratcher to Tennessee State.

Recent history: Kentucky is 11-3 vs. LSU in the Calipari Era, but Will Wade’s team beat UK last year in Rupp Arena for the first time since 2009.

Hold on to your butts, this is going to be a tough one.

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I remember it well. Kenny Higgs, Durand Macklin, DeWayne Scales, Howard Carter and more were serious pains for Kentucky.

Those guys were good, and Dale Brown was a heck of a coach.

A more recent comparison would be Kentucky-Florida between 2011 and 2014, or UK-Arkansas 1992-1996.

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