UK Squeaks by LSU in Riveting Overtime Thriller [VIDEO]
Okay, so I think we can safely say that “meeting LSU for a third time in the SEC Tournament” is not on the Kentucky Wildcats’ wish list. Not after the ‘Cats barely edged the Tigers 77-76 in a Rupp Arena overtime classic.
One would think that a payback game would be a tad more lopsided. After all, it was just a month ago when Kentucky played one of its worst games of the season in Baton Rouge and somehow only lost by 5.
But this LSU team is odd. It has some truly horrible losses on its schedule–a setback to 12-16 Rhode Island at home and a road loss to 11-16 Alabama are hide-your-eyes examples. Yet, it knows how to handle Kentucky. LSU has lost to teams Kentucky has blown out like Georgia and Ole Miss. Yet, the Tigers have flummoxed the Wildcats in two meetings.
Yep, the ‘Cats are still learning.
Kentucky on the ropes. Cats still searching for a solid 40 minutes of basketball.
— Dana O'Neil (@ESPNDanaOneil) February 22, 2014
They still haven’t gotten this thing completely figured out. And Friday is February 28th.
I think they’re capable of beating anyone. I also think there are at least 30 teams out there that are capable of beating them.
But there’s an aspect of this game that’s getting lost in all the analysis. Kentucky hasn’t won a close game like this all season. In 5 out of their 6 losses, the ‘Cats haven’t been beaten by more than five points. This kind of win, regardless of the opponent, is very good for them. Performing well in a clutch situation will come in handy during the post-season.
Seated next to Josh Fleming of the Make a Wish Foundation, here’s what John Calipari had to say about UK’s win over LSU: