It’s hard to believe that two years have passed since Kentucky last traveled to Baton Rogue and Anthony Davis found himself on the receiving end of a German suplex. That game saw LSU hang semi-close before Terrence Jones taught em about a 13-0 run to blow the game open for a 74-50 win. With the Cats only favored by 1.5, tomorrow’s game figures to be much closer. If the Cats are going to win then they will need to find an advantage in these match-ups. Here’s your three to watch against LSU:
Johnny O’Bryant Vs Julius Randle
The SEC’s favorite Irishman was the primary reason LSU was expected to make some noise in conference play this year. At 3-3 the Tigers are below that 4th place preseason vote but Johnny O’ Bryant living up to expectations by playing like a first team all-SEC guy. Unfortunately for LSU he just doesn’t have much help. Cal leveled some praise this morning saying:
They’re long. They’re athletic. They’re a good team. Johnny’s got the freedom to make plays, so he’s making them, which even makes him doubly hard to guard because now he can step out. He’ll get you on the block. If you’re on his body, he’ll spin you off. He’s been a challenge for every team they’ve played this year.
It’s yet another challenge for Julius Randle to overcome and one that will be mainly fought on the glass. The Tigers are 11th in the nation in rebounding. The Cats are 5th. This game looks like it will have a lot of similarities to Tennessee with the two teams waging a war on the block. This time however I expect UK to come out on top in the rebounding margin.
Anthony Hickey Vs Andrew Harrison
The homegrown Kentucky talent seems to always save his best games for his home state. In last year’s game the point guard went for 15 points, 3 steals, and an assist. In two games against the national champs Hickey averaged 7.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists. Andrew Harrison has really stepped up his play since the Louisville game and should be able do physically dominate 5’11 Hickey. However, you can’t take anything for granted against the scrapper from Christian County. If Hickey has a similar performance to the one he turned in last season the Cats could be in trouble.
Baton Rogue Vs Mother Nature
Class has been already been cancelled and with a 10 am announcement tomorrow there’s a chance the game could be delayed as well. If the game is still on there is the question of what kind of crowd is going to show up tomorrow night. Normally the Cats can expect for rival fans to turn out in force and face a rowdy atmosphere but tomorrow’s weather may offer the Cats an advantage. Kentucky has failed to perform on the road at Arkansas and UNC and one reason for both of those losses was the factor the crowd played in those games. Mother nature could work against the Tigers in more ways than one tomorrow but the level remains to be seen.
Do you have any reservations about the road trip to Louisiana or are you confident the Cats will win the game?