No. 22 UK vs. LSU Game Breakdown

No. 22 UK men’s basketball were able to avenge one of its losses on Saturday as the Cats topped the LSU Tigers 94-77. After being dismantled on the road in Baton Rogue, the team looked like a machine on offense on senior day, scoring the most points in SEC-play all season.

MVP: Skal Labissiere

After earning his way back into the starting lineup, Skal Labissiere has done nothing but impress. Against LSU what really stood out was his defensive effort. The freshman finished with six blocks including one where he sent the ball into the stands and another chase down block in transition.

Also with some key players on the bench because of foul trouble in the first half, Labissiere became a steady scoring option for the Cats. His midrange shot was falling and it made for the perfect pick-and-pop game with Tyler Ulis. Labissiere finished with 18 points and nine rebounds.

Game Defining Moment: 10-0 run at the 10-minute mark in the second half

After going 1-for-6 on field goals and allowing LSU to cut the lead back to single-digits UK responded with one of its most impressive stretches of the game. Whether it was Murray shooting from outside or Alex Poythress finishing dunks inside off of Ulis’ feeds, the Cats looked unstoppable. The offense really turned it on in the second half and it showed as they nearly scored 100 points.

Trending Up: Tyler Ulis’ assists numbers

With two key scorers, Murray and Poythress, on the bench most of the first half, UK’s offense began to get stagnant. That was until Ulis started taking a firm grip on the offense.

He orchestrated the offense beautifully and was able to hurt the Tigers without even taking many shots. He finished the first half with nine assists. In the second he would step up his scoring to tally 14 points, but he would continue playing the role of distributor to finish with a career-high 14 assists.

Trending Up: Freshman Jamal Murray’s celebration

Murray had a quiet first half because of foul trouble and ended the half without even attempting a three. However, he was able to hit a big three in the second half to help give UK it’s largest lead of the game, and the celebration after the made shot was an all-time great.

The guard continued his bow and arrow celebration, but this time shooting teammate EJ Floreal on the bench with the invisible arrow. Between the celebrations and his 22 points on shooting 4-for-8 from three, Rupp Arena was rocking.

Stat of the Game: Total Rebounds: UK 45 LSU 29

The offensive output UK had may have stolen the show, but the team’s effort on the glass was also crucial to the team’s lopsided victory over LSU. Whether it was Marcus Lee or even the guards mixing it up down-low, their effort gave UK many multiple-possession chances on the offensive end.

The team also limited LSU to one shot most of the time, which was key to stopping the Tigers.