This time, LSU battled the nation's No. 1 team.

The question now is, will it be enough to keep the Tigers' season going in the NIT?

The Tigers led Kentucky by five points in both halfs Friday before succumbing to the talented Wildcats 60-51 in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals at the New Orleans Area, ending LSU's regular season.

LSU (18-14), which was blown out at home by Kentucky 74-50 during the regular season, fought a UK team that has routinely blown out SEC competition this year. But the Wildcats (31-1) used double-doubles by both of its talented big men - 12 points and 14 rebounds by Anthony Davis and 15 points and 11 rebounds by Terrence Jones - plus a 19-point, 9-rebound day by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to pull away.

Now LSU must wait to see if it will be invited to the NIT, which would be the school's first post-season berth since 2009.

Storm Warren scored 14 points and six rebounds to lead the Tigers. But after dominating the inside in a 70-54 first-round win over Arkansas Thursday, the Tigers were bothered by the interior length and muscle of Jones and Davis, the nation's leading shot-blocker, who added six to his total.

Andre Stringer added 11 points and Anthony Hickey and Ralston Turner had 10 points each for the Tigers.