LSU hosted a huge haul of recruits this weekend for official visits. Here is the latest on the visits.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida was nearly perfect down the stretch against LSU. The Gators had to be to overcome star freshman Ben Simmons. John Egbunu scored 13 points, including six in the final 2:08, and Florida beat LSU 68-62 Saturday despite Simmons' latest dominating performance. Dorian Finney-Smith and Justin Leon added 14 apiece for the Gators (10-5, 2-1 Southeastern Conference), who played with the energy and effort they lacked in a 14-point loss at Tennessee four days earlier. "It was going to take that type of effort to have a chance," Gators coach Mike White said. Simmons led the Tigers (9-6, 2-1) with 28 points and 17 rebounds, his 11th double-double of the season. He made 14 of 16 from the free-throw line, and had four assists and eight turnovers before fouling out with 14 seconds remaining. Simmons scored the final 12 points for LSU, and his 3-point play cut Florida's lead to 63-62 with
Kentucky guard Tyler Ulis said he and his teammates were well aware that containing star forward Ben Simmons might not be enough to slow down high-scoring LSU. For some reason they will now try to figure out how they just lacked the energy, or the will, to account for Tim Quarterman, Craig Victor and a host of other Tigers who produced timely plays against the ninth-ranked Wildcats. Quarterman had 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, Victor added 15 points and 12 rebounds, and LSU defeated Kentucky 85-67 on Tuesday night. "We understood they had some good players," Ulis said, adding that Simmons' supporting cast "can shoot the ball, score the ball, and make good decisions. But it wasn't them, it was us as a team not playing hard." Ulis had 23 points and Jamal Murray added 21 for Kentucky, (11-3, 1-1 Southeastern Conference), which lost for the third time in seven games and
As the Southeastern Conference heads into league competition, it remains tough to figure which teams stand as defending champion Kentucky's biggest competition. Conference play begins Saturday with five league games, including Mississippi (10-2) taking a seven-game winning streak into Kentucky. "When you get into conference play, everything gets ratcheted up a little bit," Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said. "Teams that want to be good will keep finding ways to get better." Right now, there's plenty of uncertainty beyond Kentucky. Vanderbilt and LSU were in the preseason Top 25 along with Kentucky but fell out of the rankings after taking some lumps in nonconference action. Joining No. 10 Kentucky (10-2) in this week's poll are No. 20 Texas A&M (10-2) and No. 24 South Carolina (12-0). South Carolina, seeking its first NCAA appearance since 2004, is one of only four remaining unbeaten Division I teams. "I like them," South Carolina coach Frank Martin said. "They prepare well.