Fresh off its first win in the Southeastern Conference Wednesday night against Texas A&M, the LSU Tigers are rewarded with the next game on their schedule - a trip to Blue Grass Country to take on the Kentucky Wildcats at Rupp Arena.
LSU defeated Texas A&M, 58-54, after rallying from being down 14 points twice in the first half of play at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The Tigers are now 10-6 on the year, 1-4 in the SEC.
"I thought the fashion in which it came about, the kids playing extremely hard,” head coach Johnny Jones said. “It was a hard fought battle. At the end, (LSU) put themselves in a situation to be able to close the game out with good strong solid defense, being able to rebound the basketball, being able to convert on the other end of the floor executing offensively and being able to knock down a couple foul shots there at the end to seal the victory. It was good. It was something that was needed.”
The Wildcats have not had the smoothest of trips early in the SEC with a record of 12-6 and 3-2 in the SEC. A&M has a win over Kentucky in Rupp Arena and the Wildcats come into the contest off a loss Tuesday night at Alabama, 59-55.
“We quickly have to really turn our attention now to Kentucky, going and playing in one of the finest venues and probably one of the tougher atmospheres in college basketball,” Jones said. “It's something that we'll embrace and really look forward to.”
Shavon Coleman led LSU on Wednesday night with 17 points, while Johnny O'Bryant III had his second straight double-double and his fifth of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Anthony Hickey had only 10 points but had eight steals, the first time a player had that many steals since Clarence Caesar in 1994.
LSU had 19 team steals in the game, the second most by an SEC team this season and the fourth best all-time for LSU in a single game.
While Kentucky has won all four meetings since John Calipari took over the Wildcat team, the Tigers last won in Rupp in 2009 when they clinched the Southeastern Conference regular season title.
The game will be broadcast as the second half of the Saturday doubleheader on the SEC Network with Clay Matvick and Joe Dean, Jr., on the call beginning at 4:01 p.m. EST (3:01 p.m. CST).