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Well at least the people of Louisiana have Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints winning their first ever Super Bowl this weekend because their LSU Tigers basketball team was manhandled by the Kentucky Wildcats Saturday afternoon. Clearly this was not anywhere close to the LSU team that beat UK twice last season and won the regular season SEC championship, but the Cats performance was nonetheless impressive.
Kentucky wins easily in the Bayou 81-55.
The Wildcats got off to an uncharacteristic rough start in the game seemingly being unable to hit a shot in falling behind 6-1 in the first four minutes of the game. That’s when the Cats passed their shooting difficulties to the Tigers as Kentucky was able to go on a 41-8 run in the remainder of the first half. LSU only managed six baskets in the entire first half in large part because of an aggressive defense that stifled the Tiger offense. Kentucky led 42-14 at the half and never looked back improving their record to 22-1 on the season.
DeMarcus Cousins continues to be a double double machine, recording his sixth straight and 14th on the season with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Most impressive was the two assists he picked up in the game. He hasn’t exactly been John Wall as far as getting his teammates involved with his passing ability, but honestly with the way he is dominating the paint, who needs to pass.
Patrick Patterson also had a nice game on Saturday, playing more aggressively than in recent games. Patterson scored 16 points on 13 shots and added 5 rebounds in moving up to 24th on the all-time Kentucky scoring list. It was very promising to see more aggression from the big man and to see him take more shots. He is always one of the best players on the court and it has been just plain odd to see his number of touches and shots decrease. I know, I know Wall and Cousins, but Patterson is so good around the basket and knows how to distribute to his teammates as well.
Kentucky also managed to keep the amount of turnovers to a minimum with only nine for the game. Wall and Eric Bledsoe only accounted for five of those turnovers, which is a vast improvement over recent games. Granted there was much less game pressure when you are up by thirty points, but it was nice to see the team take better care of the ball.
Next up for the Cats are the fighting elephants, or is it toilet paper rolls, of Alabama Tuesday night. It was nice to see the team care of business against LSU and it will again be interesting to see how the team plays against another team they should beat, especially with the huge Saturday matchup with Tennessee waiting in the wings.