Coming into the SEC Tournament, most Kentucky Wildcat fans did not want to see the LSU Tigers. Aside from Florida, Kentucky matched up the worse with LSU and the two teams split their two regular season meetings. This game is crucial to both teams. LSU needs the win to get on the NCAA bubble and Kentucky needed a confidence boosting win to settle their dipping NCAA stock. Kentucky is getting that confidence builder after twenty minutes as they lead the Tigers
Shavon Coleman continued his hot shooting streak as he hit two three-pointers out of the gate and gave LSU an early 6-0 lead. The game had all the ingredients of a shootout from the start as the teams combined for five three pointers in the first 2:30. James Young added two early treys for Kentucky and LSU took a 16-10 lead at the first media timeout.
The LSU three-point barrage cooled, but the Tigers took it inside and clawed to a 22-14 lead. Kentucky rallied, however, and went on a 10-0 run to take the lead at 24-22 with 7:33 remaining. Young had three three-pointers at this point and had half of Kentucky’s points. Kentucky was getting it done on the offensive boards with an 8-4 advantage and Willie Cauley-Stein keyed the defense with two blocks.
The defense stiffened and the Kentucky streak reached 19-2 on an Aaron Harrison three pointer that banked in and gave UK a 33-24 lead with 4:49 remaining. And this was being done with no scoring input from Julius Randle who was 0-6 from the field. Kentucky was converting on their second chances and led LSU 12-0 on second chance points.
Randle got his first points on a second chance basket that have UK a 39-28 lead with 1:53 left that increased the second chance points tally to 16-0. LSU could not make any inroads into the Kentucky lead the rest of the half as UK finished the half on a dominating 28-10 tear.