The first 7 seconds of this video basically describe what took place yesterday in Rupp Arena. All LSU fans who were dreaming about the team’s 2-0 conference start got a rude awakening on Saturday night as Kentucky played Freddy Krueger with a 38 point victory.
LSU shot a whopping 26% from the field as the Kentucky defense smothered the ball all night long forcing 15 turnovers. The Tigers were missing leading scorer Ralston Turner but in all honesty there’s no reason to think that having Turner would have made a difference. Kentucky is a national power, and this game served notice that if LSU ever wants to be considered in that light, a lot of work has to be done.
UK was led by Brandon Knight who poured in 19 points, and Terrence Jones who chipped in with 17. Garrett Green led LSU with 13, but this was not the game to brag about being the leading scorer. It was in fact a game to forget, a sentiment echoed by LSU Head Coach Trent Johnson.
“That was a good, old-fashioned … whipping,” Johnson remarked afterward, vying for the DeathValleyVoice obvious statement of the week award.
My old Basketball coach used to say every game is a learning experience, and even though he was a pathetic leader who was later kicked out of school for sexually harassing a cheerleader, he was definitely right about that.
What you can learn from losing by 38 I’m not sure of, but I’m definitely going to think about it. When it comes to me, I’ll let you guys know.
For now it’s on to the next game, Geaux Tigers.