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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Any Concern UK Overlooks LSU?


This Saturday will be on the most highly anticipated games in the John Calipari era and I think definitely the most anticipated conference game.  But all of the attention being paid to Saturday has tonight’s game against LSU with “TRAP” written all over it.  Which is especially dangerous because the Tigers are really, really good and this game is vitally important for SEC Tournament seeding.  This is not a game UK can come out sluggish or unfocused and expect to win.

So what is the norm for John Calipari teams?  Do they often struggle or come out flat in the games before huge matchups?  The game against Tennessee will be the 24th in the Calipari era against a Top 10 team.  How has Kentucky performed in the 23 games before those Top 10 matchups?  Take a look:

2010: #10 North Carolina (Game Before: UK 94, UNC-Asheville 57)
2012: #5 North Carolina (Game Before: UK 81, St. Johns 59)
2012: #4 Louisville (Game Before: UK 86, Lamar 64)
2012: #8 Florida (Game Before: UK 86, South Carolina 52)
2013: #9 Duke (Game Before: UK 72, Maryland 69)
2013: #4 Louisville (Game Before: UK 82, Marshall 54)
2013: #7 Florida (Game Before UK 72, Auburn 62)
2014: #2 Michigan State (Game Before: UK 93, Northern Kentucky 63)
2014: #6 Louisville (Game Before: UK 93, Belmont 80)
2014: #3 Florida (Game Before: UK 64, Auburn 56)
2014: #1 Florida (Game Before: UK 55, Alabama 48)
2015: #5 Kansas (Game Before: UK 71, Buffalo 52)
2015: #6 Texas (Game Before: UK 58, Providence 38)
2015: #4 Louisville (Game Before: UK 83, UCLA 44)
2016: #5 Duke (Game Before: UK 87, NJIT 57)
2016: #4 Kansas (Game Before: UK 88, Missouri 54)
2017: #7 North Carolina (Game Before: UK 96, Hofstra 73)
2017: #10 Louisville (Game Before: UK 103, North Carolina 100)
2017: #2 Kansas (Game Before: Tennessee 82, UK 80)
2018: #4 Kansas (Game Before: UK 73, Vermont 69)
2018: #7 West Virginia (Game Before: UK 78, Mississippi State 65)
2018: #10 Auburn (Game Before: Texas A&M 85, UK 74)
2019: #9 North Carolina (Game Before: UK 88, Utah 61)

A combined 21-2 record.  16 of 21 wins came by double figures.  And let’s not act like UK was beating on a bunch of bums either.  12 of the 21 wins came against teams from Power 5 conferences.  It would be very surprising to see Kentucky come out flat tonight.  It doesn’t mean that they are going to win.  I think either way we are going to see a very competitive game tonight.  But don’t expect UK to look ahead to Tennessee without first focusing on LSU.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

6 responses to “BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Any Concern UK Overlooks LSU?”

  1. Bigblue7982

    No.

    1. somerset bill

      Yeah, I liked the fact that he bolded the losses. Read the headline. See two bolds in 9 years. Movin’ on.

  2. az1006

    I think the way Calipari coaches is very important in situations like this. He always talks about how he coaches every game the same, and I think that is true. His players feed off of it, so they don’t get too high or too low in regards to big games. It’s part of the reason why, I think, he dominated Pitino while he was at UofL. Pitino made the game too big, and his teams played tight, even when UofL was the better squad. Bodes well for us.

  3. blueblood4life

    No

  4. Wildcat_blues1029

    Not going have a chance to over look LSU. From tip-off LSU will come out playing aggressive and rough like a football game. If we come out laid back like we have all our home games this season we may get down early and not come back this time. LSU will fight for a full 40 minutes this game seeing we are #5 hope our guys are ready for a brawl

    1. trumpetguy

      Naz Reid (who looks to be about 25) will be a major problem for Travis/PJ/EJ/Nick Richards. Big strong physical kid who has NBA skill