Fast Break: How Kentucky beat LSU

February 22, 2014 

Talking points

Kentucky escaped in overtime with a putback by Julius Randle with 3.9 seconds to go. In the final 8:47, LSU regained the lead seven different times. It took some good fortune for UK to avoid its second straight home loss. It was clear from the outset LSU was going to put up a fight. It started like Baton Rouge all over. Johnny O'Bryant went to war for LSU and the Harrison twins went to work for a 13-0 UK run. UK went up eight a couple of times early, then LSU went up six. UK bottled up O'Bryant, but former Kentucky Mr. Basketball Anthony Hickey shot daggers at UK. Aaron Harrison kept scoring inside the LSU zone but it took two fouls shot by Andrew Harrison with :10.9 left to send it to overtime. It took Randle's final basket to save the win.

Telling numbers

■ The game was tied 11 times; the lead changed hands 11 times.

■ UK made one three-pointer and was outscored 21-3 from three-point land.

■ In the final 3:29 of regulation, UK's only three points were free throws.

■ Andrew Harrison had four assists for UK. The rest of the team had one.

■ The game was more than six minutes old before anyone other than OBryant scored for LSU and more than eight minutes in before anyone else had a field goal.

■ Kentucky was called for only four fouls in the first half; LSU 10.

■ UK outscored LSU 50-28 in the paint — most of that coming in transition.

■ Randle scored two points in the first half.

■ Marcus Lee played for the first time since Feb. 4. Dominique Hawkins played five minutes in the second half.

■ Randle has scored 14 points in two games against LSU.

Thumbs up

■ UK's offensive transition was as good as it has been.

■ Anthony Hickey — the guy has guts and game.

Thumbs down

■ Repeat: UK's transition defense is bad.

■ Randle has to get more than eight shots. Three other Cats took 13 or more.

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