Cats Down LSU In SEC Quarterfinal
03/14/2014 09:32 PM
Kentucky routed LSU Friday night in Atlanta, 85-67, to advance to the semi-finals of the SEC Tournament. All week leading up to the third meeting between the two teams, John Calipari talked about a few tweaks he made since the regular season ended… and judging by the way the Cats played, they seem to have worked.
Kentucky went into halftime with a 10-point lead and a 25-17 advantage on the boards. Even though a second-half run by the Tigers pulled them within three with twelve minutes left, the Cats regained momentum on a corner three-pointer by Alex Poythress and never looked back. Kentucky pushed the lead to as many as 21 points on an LSU team who beat them earlier this season in Baton Rouge and took them to overtime in Rupp Arena on February 22nd. It was by far Kentucky’s best performance of the season and could not have come at a better time.
James Young led all scorers with 21 points (16 of those coming in the first half), but it was Julius Randle and Willie Cauley-Stein who were dominant down the stretch. Randle finished with 17 points and 16 rebounds. Willie Cauley-Stein added 8 points, 6 rebounds, 6 blocks, and a number of highlight-reel dunks.
UK moves to 23-9 on the season. They will face the winner of Georgia/Mississippi Saturday afternoon in the Georgia Dome.