First Screening Report: Kentucky Men’s Basketball vs. LSU

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LSU coach Will Wade, left, is 1-3 as the Tigers chief against Kentucky. Great Britain coach John Calipari, right, is 13-3 against the Kentucky Tigers.

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A first look to the future Kentucky Wildcats Upcoming Men’s Basketball Game:

The adversary

No. 18 Kentucky (11-2, 1-0 SEC) will open the South East Conference road game at No. 16 LSU (12-1, 0-1 SEC) Tuesday January 4, at Pete Maravich Gathering Center (capacity 13,215) on the Louisiana State University campus:

The game will begin at 7 p.m. EST and will be broadcast on ESPN.

Coach Will Wade’s Tigers lost their first SEC game of the season Wednesday night, a 70-55 loss to the 11th Auburn.

Series history

Kentucky leads the all-time series with LSU 91-27 and won five of the last six contests.

Most recent meeting

Brandon Boston had 18 points, six rebounds and three assists and Keion Brooks had 15 points and nine rebounds to lead Kentucky to an 82-69 victory over LSU on Jan. 23, 2021, at Rupp Arena.

Power rankings

Thanks to Wednesday’s matches, the NCAA NET Rank had Kentucky # 22 and LSU # 5.

the Kenpom Leaderboards classified UK n ° 10 and LSU n ° 13.

Kentucky was No. 15 in the Evaluations of Sagarin with LSU n ° 8.

Know your enemy

1. Since becoming head of LSU in 2017-18, Will wade went 1-3 against Kentucky. The Tigers’ lone victory came at a cost, however, like LSU’s 73-71 victory over the UK on a last-second report from Kavell Bigby-Williams at Rupp Arena on February 12, 2019, ultimately gave the Bayou Bengals the SEC regular season championship with a game against Kentucky and Tennessee.

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LSU’s Kavell Bigby-Williams (11) tipped into the winning basket in the Tigers’ 73-71 win over Kentucky at Rupp Arena that ultimately decided the 2018-19 SEC regular season championship. Alex slitz [email protected]

As Kentucky coach, John Calipari is 13-3 against LSU.

The Tigers and Wildcats will play twice in the regular season this year, with the rematch taking place Feb. 23 in Lexington.

2. LSU has three power conference wins, having beaten Penn State of the Big Ten (68-63 in overtime) and ACC Wake Forest (75-61) on neutral ground in Niceville, Fla., And defeated Georgia Tech from ACC. 69-53 at the Holiday Hoopsgiving event at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.

3. A gruesome shot did LSU in its loss to Auburn. The visitors completed only 28.6 percent of their field tries (18 of 63) and 20.7 percent (6 of 29) of their three-point attempts.

LSU aren’t a great shooting team overall, making 44.8% of their shots this season, 31% from three points.

Senior winger Days of Darius (14.7 ppg, 8 rpg), freshman center Efton Reid (9.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg) and Missouri transfer guard Xavier pinson (8.7 points per game, 3.1 rpg, 58 assists) are the Tigers’ best players.

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Mark Story has worked in the sports department of the Lexington Herald-Leader since August 27, 1990 and has been the Herald-Leader sports columnist since 2001. I have covered every Kentucky-Louisville football game since 1994, every UK- basketball. U of L. match but three since 1996-97 and each Kentucky Derby since 1994.
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