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Impressive Numbers from Kentucky’s Win over LSU



Kentucky improved to 21-5 overall and 11-2 in the SEC by defeating LSU 79-76 Tuesday night in Baton Rouge. Go beyond the box score to see the most impressive statistics from the Wildcats’ win.

Second Half Shooting

“In the second half we made the shots.”

John Calipari’s assessment tells the game’s entire story in one sentence. Ice cold from the field in the first half, shooting 31.6% and only 2-of-10 from behind the three-point line, Kentucky looked like a completely different team after halftime. The Wildcats made their first seven three-pointers (87.5%) to knock down 17-of-23 (73.9%) shots in the final 20 minutes. Kentucky had more made threes than missed second half field goals. It’s hard to lose when that happens.

Block Party

Nick Richards blocked six shots Tuesday night in Baton Rouge. He was only one away from tying a career-high he set earlier this year against Lamar. As a team Kentucky finished with 11 blocks. In addition to the blocked shots, Richards forced two turnovers by taking a pair of charges. What can’t he do?

Career Milestone

Nate Sestina finally surpassed the 1,000-career point threshold. The UK PR department has included a countdown in each edition of the game notes since Kentucky went on the road to South Carolina on January 15.

That number shrunk all the way to six before UK traveled to Tennessee. It took him three games to shake off the funk and become a 1,000-point scorer. Tuesday night he made three from long range to score 11 points.

SEC Standings

By handing LSU its fourth loss in five games, the Tigers are now three games behind UK in the SEC standings, with the Wildcats holding the tiebreaker. Auburn is Kentucky’s lone contender to take the top spot in the SEC. Even though Auburn won the first head-to-head battle this season, ESPN’s BPI gives UK an 83% chance to win the SEC Regular Season Title. The rubber match at Rupp Arena is Saturday, Feb. 29 on CBS.

Historical Significance

When Kentucky wins in Knoxville, Nashville and Baton Rouge, good things happen for the Wildcats. According to Corey Price, the last three seasons in which Kentucky won on the road at LSU, Tennessee and Vanderbilt: 2011-2012, 1997-1998, 1995-1996. Is it a coincidence that those are UK’s last three National Championship-winning seasons? I think not.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

10 Comments for Impressive Numbers from Kentucky’s Win over LSU

  1. The Big Lebowski
    12:36 am February 19, 2020 Permalink

    By the Gods, I hope you are correct.

    I will willingly eat crow if Cal leads Kentucky to #9.

  2. Righteous1
    12:43 am February 19, 2020 Permalink

    OMG! You must be suffering from Calipari Derangement Syndrome!

    • nocode96
      12:49 am February 19, 2020 Permalink

      We won tonight. Big win. Great coaching helped secure it.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      12:58 am February 19, 2020 Permalink

      That’s it I’m calling Pitino and asking him to apologize to your mother for helping create you. Maybe then she’d never open the cage to beat you after Kentucky wins and then somehow forget to lock it.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      1:01 am February 19, 2020 Permalink

      Righteous is still mad Cal wouldn’t let him be the equipment manager after he said he’d only wash the undergarments if he could gargle the soap and personally mouth wash each one.

    • StillBP
      7:27 am February 19, 2020 Permalink

      At least you spelled it right this time. You definitely have a bad case of it. You must be deranged if you think our Hall of Fame coach can’t coach. Deranged and just plain stupid.

    • 4everUKBlue
      8:11 am February 19, 2020 Permalink

      I think it’s time to change your diaper Righteous/Slater1.

    • ClutchCargo
      8:59 am February 19, 2020 Permalink

      It’s hilarious that Wrongeous mentions Calipari Derangement Syndrome, since he is the poster child for it. lol

  3. grammarpoliceUK
    1:32 am February 19, 2020 Permalink

    OK, I’m not gonna hold back anymore. R-1, it’s time for you to grow up.So tired of your childish whining. You and some other’s obviously constitute the “I hate Cal because he keeps breaking my doll and making me cry club!” Your ideas that any coach could win the championship every year are very childish. Pretty sure you have a K poster on your ceiling for self satisfaction.I don’t care if you criticize. Just grow up man, and leave your grandmother’s attic! And quit beating her because she asks for money to help with the bills.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      1:24 pm February 19, 2020 Permalink

      How dare you talk to poor roacha$$ that way, he doesn’t live in his grandmother’s attic. He lives in a cage in his mother’s basement between the washer and the dryer. The dryer serves as his heater and the washer drain hose as his source of water. And no one wants him to get a job because he’d only apply to be an icecream truck driver so he can troll the neighborhood looking for well adjusted families to prey upon. Luckily he’s so stupid even if he did get loose he’d be caught in a day stalking Cal.