On the eve of the biggest game of the season for LSU (17-6, 6-4), third-year head coach Johnny Jones made a bold statement in regards to the Tigers' opponent Tuesday night.
Previewing his team's matchup with No. 1 Kentucky (23-0, 10-0), Jones said John Calipari's 2014-15 Wildcats belong in the stratosphere with the best teams in the history of the sport.
"We're looking forward to another challenge against the No. 1 team in the country, a team that's had a tremendous year," explained Jones, a former LSU player. "They've been challenged in a lot of games this year, overcoming a lot of obstacles and continuing to be successful. We look forward to playing in front of a great home crowd against one of the greatest teams ever assembled in college basketball."
Kentucky is angling to become the first team since Bob Knight's 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers to run the table in a college basketball season.
Jones feels this year's version of Big Blue is improved from a team that LSU gave fits to a season ago over the course of three meetings.
"This team is different because of the experience of the guys you have returning. If the (Harrison) twins were gone, maybe they'd look a little different," continued Jones. "But they're back, Dakari Johnson is back, Willie Cauley-Stein is back. A lot of people weren't sure if they'd be back.
"As a young team they'd have probably been tripped up earlier if it hadn't been for the experience of those guys."
LSU, which ended a two-game skid by beating Alabama on Saturday, will attempt to become the first team this season to get the better of the deep, loaded Wildcats.
Click on the free link below to access more comments from Jones on Tuesday night's ballgame, which will tip off at 6 p.m. and air on ESPN.
CJJ: UK among 'greatest teams ever assembled'
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