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The LSU Tigers started the SEC tournament as a puzzling outfit, and will end it that way.

SEC Basketball Tournament – QuarterfinalsThe talented Tigers fell to Kentucky 85-67, after leading by eight points early in the first half. Kentucky went on a 23-3 run in the first half, as LSU’s offense stalled.

The Tigers, 9-9 in the regular season in league play, needed to win the tournament to secure an NCAA berth. LSU started the game hot, hitting its first three three point attempts.

But, LSU made only four three’s the rest of the game.

Johnny O’Bryant, expected to declare for the NBA draft, scored 18 to lead LSU. James Young had 21 for Kentucky. Julius Randle had 17 points and 16 rebounds for the Wildcats.

Kentucky will play Georgia Saturday in the SEC semifinals. In the first game at Noon central time, Tennessee plays regular season champion Florida. The Gators were 18-0 in the league this season, and 30-2 overall.