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O'Bryant leads LSU over UK

BY BRETT MARTEL Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. - Johnny O'Bryant III had 29 points and nine rebounds, and LSU led wire-to-wire in an 87-82 upset of No. 11 Kentucky on Tuesday night.

Jordan Mickey scored 14 points and blocked five shots for LSU (13-6, 4-3 SEC), which put on a show for an estimated 6,000-plus fans who made it to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center despite unusual winter weather that coated roads with ice. Hustling and active on the defensive end, LSU blocked 11 shots and helped force 13 Kentucky turnovers.

Shavon Coleman added 14 points for the Tigers, who outshot the Wildcats 51 percent (32 of 63) to 44 percent (32 of 73).

James Young scored 23 points and Dakari Johnson had 15 for Kentucky (15-5, 5-2), which has lost all five of its games away from home, including two straight road games in the Southeastern Conference.

Aaron Harrison had 14 points and Alex Poythress added 10 for the Wildcats, who have to go right back on the road Saturday at Missouri.

While Kentucky is usually one of the biggest draws of any basketball season at LSU, south Louisiana was blasted by freezing rain which forced the closure of numerous bridges and long, elevated sections of Interstate 10 on both sides of Baton Rouge.

LSU 87,

No. 11 Kentucky 82

KENTUCKY (15-5)

Young 9-18 0-0 23, Cauley-Stein 1-5 1-2 3, Randle 3-11 0-1 6, Aa. Harrison 5-13 1-2 14, An. Harrison 2-7 4-4 8, Polson 1-3 0-0 3, Poythress 4-8 2-2 10, Hawkins 0-0 0-0 0, Johnson 7-8 1-2 15. Totals 32-73 9-13 82.

LSU (13-6)

O'Bryant III 12-20 5-9 29, Coleman 5-11 2-3 14, Martin 4-7 0-2 9, Mickey 5-8 4-6 14, Hickey 3-8 4-4 11, Stringer 3-4 0-0 9, Morgan 0-4 0-0 0, Quarterman 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 32-63 16-26 87.

Halftimeâ “LSU 42-36. 3-Point Goalsâ “Kentucky 9-20 (Young 5-12, Aa. Harrison 3-5, Polson 1-2, An. Harrison 0-1), LSU 7-18 (Stringer 3-4, Coleman 2-4, Martin 1-3, Hickey 1-4, Morgan 0-3). Fouled Outâ “Johnson. Reboundsâ “Kentucky 42 (Poythress, Young 7), LSU 37 (Coleman, O'Bryant III 9). Assistsâ “Kentucky 8 (Young 2), LSU 15 (Hickey 6). Total Foulsâ “Kentucky 19, LSU 12. Aâ “12,124.

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Blue blood posted on: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 9:50 AM

Title: Stick a fork in them

Kentucky got lucky when Calipari brought in some young talent backed up by some good upperclassmen, including some from within the state. Now he brings in prima donnas and seldom looks at the best Kentucky high schoolers (who might actually stay four years and play like it means something to wear a Kentucky uniform) and this is what you get -- highly touted teams that end up in the NIT.

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