Mar 14, 2014 9:20 PM by Atlanta, GA
UK Basketball Coach, John Calipari, promised a "tweak" to the team after practices this week that would help the team look better. There's a lot of debate to what it was but in the first half the Cats looked inspired.
Early it was all LSU as the Tigers hit eight of the first ten shots they took. They jumped out to leads of 14-8 and 20-13. This was the adversity that Coach Cal also promised would still hit and the young Wildcats would have to fight through. Did they ever.
Down eight, UK went on a 10-0 run to capture the lead on a couple of Andrew Harrison free throws. But, they weren't finished there. Dakari Johnson also played inspired basketball and the Cats completed a 23-3 run on back-to-back rebounds and putbacks by the Freshman Center.
LSU would cool down to finish the half shooing in the 40 percentile instead of the 80% it started out shooting. James Young had 17 of the Wildcats 42 points as UK led 42-32 at the half.
2nd half, UK started out with another 7-1 run to jump out to a 49-33 lead. The final points were on a thunderous duink by Willie Cauley-Stein.
LSU would cut that down to just three when Andre Stringer hit a lay-up with 11:56 to go in the game. But, UK would respond behind another 7-0 scoring run. It started with an Alex Poythress three pointer and it was finished by another thunderous dunk. This time by Julius Randle.
Again, LSU would get within six, when Aaron Harrison had a nice little run with a lay-up and then a three pointer. UK would extend the lead to 12, 67-55 with just under six minutes to go in the game.
From there it was under control. A three pointer by Aaron Harrison followed up by a slam by Cauley-Stein would push the lead back to 17.
UK goes on to win 85-67. The Wildcats were led by Julius Randle's double-double, 17 points, 16 rebounds. Aaron Harrison added 14 while his brother Andrew had 11 and 8 assists.
The Cats are now 23-9 on the year and face the winner of Georgia and Ole Miss Saturday at about 3:30.