BATON ROUGE, LA — The LSU men’s basketball has packed its bags again and takes its act on the road to Rupp Arena here Saturday for a Southeastern Conference rematch with the University of Kentucky.
The game is set for 4 p.m. EST (3 p.m. CST) on ESPN with Mark Jones and Jimmy Dykes on the call. The radio broadcast with Jim Hawthorne, Ricky Blanton and studio host Kevin Ford will be available on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network (WDGL 98.1 FM, Baton Rouge; KSYL 970 AM, Alexandria; WBOX 92.9 FM, Bogalusa; KFNV 107.1 FM, Ferriday; KJIN 1490 AM/KCIL 96.7 FM, Houma; KJNA 102.7 FM, Jena; KLWB 103.7 FM, Lafayette; KXZZ 1580 AM, Lake Charles; KJAE 93.5 FM, Leesville; KMLB 540 AM, Monroe; KFRA 1390AM, Morgan City; KWLV 107.1 FM Natchitoches; WWL 870 AM/105.3 FM, New Orleans; KRUS 1490 AM, Ruston; KWKH 1130 AM, Shreveport; KTJZ 97.5 FM, Tallulah; WFCG 107.3 FM, Tylertown, MS; KVPI 1050 AM, Ville Platte).
The Tigers are 16-9 and 7-6 in the SEC, while Kentucky comes in ranked 18th in the Associated Press poll (16th in the coach’s poll) at 20-6 and 10-3 and in second place in the SEC.
This will be the second meeting between the two schools as one of the five teams that the Tigers will play home and away games with this season. LSU, on an icy night in Baton Rouge on Jan. 28, jumped on the Wildcats early and ended up with an 87-82 victory. It was LSU’s first victory over Kentucky since 2009. The teams played last year once at Rupp Arena with Kentucky leading most of the way before LSU got within one point in the final minute before falling, 75-70.
In the first meeting with the Wildcats, Johnny O’Bryant III for LSU had the second best game of his career with 29 points to go with nine rebounds. Senior Shavon Coleman had 14 points and five assists while Jordan Mickey had 14 points, nine boards and five blocks. LSU shot 50.8 percent (32-63) with 15 assists, 11 blocks and 11 steals.
Kentucky is led by Julius Randle with a scoring average at 16.0 points, followed by James Young (14.3), Aaron Harrison (13.5) and Andre Harrison (11.3) all in double figures.
LSU is expected to go with the four-forward lineup that made its debut during the first meeting with the Wildcats – O’Bryant III, Mickey, Coleman and Jarell Martin, who has been in double figures five of the last six games since the Kentucky game – and point guard Anthony Hickey.