LEXINGTON, KY (WAFB) - If LSU is to find a way to sneak into the NCAA Tournament, a win in Lexington against the Kentucky Wildcats would go a long way in helping achieve that goal.
To say it will not be an easy task for the Tigers is stating the obvious. This year the Wildcats are undefeated at home with a 16-0 record.
UK (22-8, 12-5) has won two out of their last three games and is tied with Texas A&M at the top of the SEC standings.
Kentucky is shooting 47 percent from the floor and averaging 78.5 points per game.
The Wildcats are led in scoring by Jamal Murray's 19.9 points per game. The freshman guard is averaging 22.5 ppg in SEC play and is also grabbing five rebounds a game.
Tyler Ulis is averaging 16.7 points per contest, seven assists per game and has 43 steals on the season.
LSU (18-12, 11-6) is one game behind Kentucky and Texas A&M. The Tigers have won their last two games after a three-game slide.
The Bayou Bengals are shooting 47 percent from the floor and averaging 80.1 points per game.
Ben Simmons continues to lead the team in scoring with 19.7 ppg, in rebounds, grabbing 11.9 a game and assists, dishing out five a game.
Craig Victor and Antonio Blakeney are averaging 12.3 ppg and Tim Quartermann is scoring 10.7 a game.
Saturday's tipoff from Rupp Arena is set for 1 p.m. and will be televised on CBS Sports.