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2014 SEC Tournament Preview: No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats vs. No. 7 LSU Tigers

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Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

No offense to the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs, but the two best teams on the other side of the No. 1 Florida Gators’ bracket in the 2014 SEC Tournament will meet at 7:00pm EST on SEC TV and ESPN3 when the No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats take on the No. 7 LSU Tigers.

LSU snuck past a feisty Alabama Crimson Tide team due to Trevor Releford’s off-shooting night in his last game in an Alabama jersey and the fantastic play of the young talent on the team. Anthony Hickey, Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey really stepped up, combining for 24 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assits. The Tigers looked good against the Crimson Tide, but their next opponents in the quarterfinals, the Wildcats aren’t going to be a walk in the park.

Kentucky has slowly been biding their time, waiting for an opponent to surface and probably got the team that they are most excited to face.  The Wildcats fell to the Tigers away from home and barely escaped with an overtime win when LSU came to Rupp Arena. This young team will be eager to stomp out the Tigers’ 2014 NCAA Tournament hopes once and for all and prove to everyone that they deserve to be considered a legitimate National Title threat.

Prediction:

Kentucky has more talent than LSU, but LSU is a better all-around team. The Tigers match-up extremely well with the Wildcats, as it has shown in their two extremely close games so far this season. This game will come down to the play of Johnny O’Bryant III and Julius Randle, and, although I have a gut feeling telling me to pick LSU, I think Kentucky will step up now that it’s crunch time and put away the Tigers, 68 – 60.