Kentucky won’t be the No. 1 seed in next week’s SEC basketball tournament, but it earned a share of its second straight conference championship Saturday afternoon.
The Wildcats used a 53-point second half to run LSU out of Rupp Arena and close out the regular season with a 94-77 victory.
Freshman Skal Labissiere was dominant on both sides of the floor, scoring 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting, collecting nine rebounds and blocking six shots in his best game of the year.
Kentucky will be the No. 2 seed in Nashville next week, as Texas A&M owns the head-to-head tiebreaker against the Wildcats. Because the teams sport identical conference records (13-5), they are both recognized as regular season champions.
MVP: Labissiere. The freshman’s sharpshooting helped Kentucky’s offense get on a roll, and his defensive presence was the best by any Wildcats player this season.
Starting lineup: Tyler Ulis, Jamal Murray, Isaiah Briscoe, Alex Poythress and Skal Labissiere
Off the bench: Marcus Lee, Derek Willis, Dominique Hawkins, Charles Matthews (late), Mychal Mulder (late) and Isaac Humphries (late)
Cleaning up the glass: Kentucky led 41-32 at halftime … Ulis had nine assists by halftime, while LSU only had one as a team … Kentucky fans chanted “G.P.A.” at LSU star Ben Simmons after the freshman was reportedly ruled ineligible for the Wooden Award … Murray scored 20-plus points for the 10th consecutive game … Kentucky finished with a perfect home record (17-0).
What’s next: The 2016 SEC Tournament begins Wednesday night in Nashville, Tenn.