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3 Match-ups To Watch @LSU

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?

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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20 Comments for 3 Match-ups To Watch @LSU



  1. Houston Wildcat
    9:59 pm January 27, 2014 Permalink

    Drove over to BR from Houston today. Got to be able to make it to NOLA after the game. Not looking good.



  2. CATSCATSCATS
    10:06 pm January 27, 2014 Permalink

    Cats will be fine, I expect them to come out with the win. And yes, the game will be played. I’m assuming the state of Louisiana is simply not used to this type of weather which would explain their cautiousness. Those of us from Kentucky would look at tomorrow’s forecast and not think twice about it. But with the game being nationally televised and well, you know, UK is coming into town, the higher-ups at LSU won’t postpone the game. Sack up Louisiana, the rest of us surely are.



  3. raccoon
    10:18 pm January 27, 2014 Permalink

    If this team continues the trajectory it started vs. Louisville, the tough loss vs. Arkansas and the last few games, we should lose at most one game (at Florida) before the Elite Eight or Final Four. This team is not, and will not be, as good as the 2012 team, but they still have a shot to be the favorite on March 16th.

    With that in mind, Cats by 15 and the win never in doubt.



  4. Mac
    10:21 pm January 27, 2014 Permalink

    Pretty darn confident. Cats by 16+.



  5. GoCats2
    10:26 pm January 27, 2014 Permalink

    How about for some fun somebody post the comeback in 94?



    • Blue Jesus
      10:32 pm January 27, 2014 Permalink

      I was watching that today. And the blowout in ’96. Mmmm.



  6. Chaz
    10:28 pm January 27, 2014 Permalink

    Just get there, play your game, whip the tigers’ butts and get back home safe. Go Cats. Meet the pretenders in March.



  7. Mike
    10:36 pm January 27, 2014 Permalink

    I just hope they play the damn game tomorrow at the right time.

    If this team is who we think it is, its time to walk into a another teams gym and come out with the win. National Championship teams do those things. Its time for our Cats to show they belong in that conversation. We have 2 huge games this week.



    • twocoach
      4:47 pm January 28, 2014 Permalink

      What has this team done to get people believing that they are going to be a serious contender for the national title besides thump a few terrible SEC teams?



  8. kybigblue
    10:41 pm January 27, 2014 Permalink

    UK wins on a neutral court and should win at LSU but not only does the crowd play a role but officials often give the home team calls they wouldn’t get on a neutral court. It doesn’t mean the home team always shots more free throws but they often get the advantage of a 50/50 call or a non-call.



  9. Bradley
    10:52 pm January 27, 2014 Permalink

    The crowd isn’t a factor. We played fine at UNC and Arky. Two things make winning on the road difficult for UK: 1) The other team circles that game on the calendar before the season starts and plays at or above their skill level. 2) Officiating.



    • bnclay
      11:01 pm January 27, 2014 Permalink

      Ditto. The UNC game officiating was bad. But the Arkansas game was the worst I can ever remember in my 26 years.



  10. jeff
    12:24 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

    Roger Ayers officiated both the Arkansas and North Carolina game. Hipe he does not refa single UK gae the rest of the season.



    • jeff
      12:26 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

      Damn, my spelling was bad. Hope he does not ref a single game UK plays the rest of the season.



  11. Trey
    1:17 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

    ARK game was def the worst officiating I’ve seen in my time as well. Hopefully, the game is called a bit more fair tomorrow.



    • twocoach
      4:48 pm January 28, 2014 Permalink

      Amazing how the refs only suck when you LOSE, isn’t it?



  12. specialetta
    6:49 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

    Heard that one of the refs could not get to the game tonight. The powers to be has today to reassign a replacement ref to the game. Heard two they were considering where from Louisiana.



  13. Larry Thomas
    9:03 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

    I live only 11 miles from the PMC I will walk if necessary, this is there Super Bowl, Final Four, Kentucky Derby for LSU basketball, they will not give back money for 12000 tickets and national TV exposer. Cats by 11!!



  14. BigBlueAces
    9:08 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

    “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”

    This is far from correct. The Cats played pretty well at Arkansas. The crowd had nothing to do with the officials taking over that game.



  15. Kevin
    9:41 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

    Rogue? Really? Is that like a tounge?