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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Cats Facing Familiar Game Tomorrow in Baton Rouge

Kentucky has quite the big game tomorrow night in Baton Rouge against the LSU Tigers.  With a loss already on the schedule against Auburn, a loss to LSU would really put UK behind the 8-ball in winning the SEC crown, even with a 1-game lead in the conference right now.  Despite how big the game is, this is quite commonplace for the John Calipari Cats.  Since the national championship season in 2012, UK has faced a Top 3 conference opponent in the final 6 games of the regular season in 5 of 7 years.  These were games that had serious implications on the final conference standings.  The results:

February 18th: at LSU
Kentucky: 10-2 SEC Record
LSU: 9-3 SEC Record
RESULT: ????????????

March 2nd: at Tennessee
Kentucky: 13-2 SEC Record
Tennessee: 13-2 SEC Record
RESULT: Tennessee 71-52

February 25th: Florida
Kentucky: 13-2 SEC Record
Florida: 13-2 SEC Record
RESULT: Kentucky 76-66

February 20th: at Texas A&M
Kentucky: 10-3 SEC Record
Texas A&M: 8-5 SEC Record
RESULT: Texas A&M 79-77 (ot)

February 28th: Arkansas
Kentucky: 15-0 SEC Record
Arkansas: 12-3 SEC Record
RESULT: Kentucky 84-67

March 8th: at Florida
Kentucky 12-5 SEC Record
Florida: 17-0 SEC Record
RESULT: Florida 84-65

The simplest way to wrap-up those results is Kentucky is 2-0 at Rupp and 0-3 on the road in this situation.  They have not win a crucial road game this late in the season since the 2012 title team.  That’s a fact.  But that doesn’t mean the Cats are long shots tomorrow either.  LSU is reeling a bit right now and has been playing on a thin margin all season long.  It is very possible they are a bit of a fraud and UK can prove that tomorrow night.  It will be a wild atmosphere against a very athletic team.  And if UK falls flat, it will continue the trend of defeats on the road in the SEC in key clashes.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

5 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Cats Facing Familiar Game Tomorrow in Baton Rouge

  1. makeitstop
    10:31 am February 17, 2020 Permalink

    If we get out rebounded badly like we did at AU and USC, we lose. If we rebound evenly and get to the line more, we win. True of every game we lost, and our quality wins. That’s also my recollection of last year: UT pushed us around. In the SEC this year, we got beat on the offensive glass badly versus USC and AU, and took our 2 L’s and LSU is a top 20 rebounding team. It’s true of all our losses, we either get whipped on the glass or we can’t hit the ocean from the beach. The other tell is free throws: with maybe one exception in our losses we haven’t gotten to the line enough and our good wins we have, bc we got into the paint.

  2. az1006
    10:53 am February 17, 2020 Permalink

    I think LSU is a fraud, and I’ve thought it all season. They’ve had basically every bounce go their way in close games, and it’s finally caught up to them the last week or so. That being said, I certainly don’t expect us to lay an egg. We’ve been better on the road than at home all season, and I don’t expect that to change now (and actually bodes well for postseason play). Does it mean we win tomorrow? No…We will have to play well, rebound our butts off, and defend. But, I do think we’ll be able to put up some points against this LSU team (they’re allowing an average of 89 points per game over the last 4 games). If we defensive rebound well, we win. If we don’t, we’ll probably lose. Think it’s as simple as that.

    • CrystalBall
      11:33 am February 17, 2020 Permalink

      You are probably correct az1006. Especially about rebounds. Cannot allow them offensive rebounds, and 2nd chance points.

    • SuperTroy18
      12:08 pm February 17, 2020 Permalink

      I think we are the better team by far; and I think we win on a neutral court or in Rupp. They will basically be playing for their season though. They’ll put everything they have into this one. If we don’t match their physicality and intensity, it’ll be a long night. Hopefully, our guys know the stakes and play accordingly. Hagans, specifically, really needs to show up and be the player he can be. He’s had too many off games recently.