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Kentucky holds off LSU, advances to SEC semis

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 19 points and ranked Kentucky Wildcats earned a hard-fought 51 win over a pesky LSU squad in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Kidd-Gilchrist was one of three Kentucky players to post a double-double. Terrence Jones had 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Anthony Davis, the SEC overall, freshman and defensive player of the year, overcame a subpar first half -- like the rest of the team -- to accrue 12 points and 14 boards.

Doron Lamb also scored 12 points for the top-seeded Wildcats (31-1), who will face the winner of the game between No. 22 Florida and Alabama in Saturday's semifinals.

Storm Warren had 14 points and six rebounds for the eighth-seeded Tigers (18-14), who defeated Arkansas on Thursday to snap a three-game losing streak.