The University of Kentucky basketball team handled the basketball as if it was coated with béarnaise sauce. The Wildcats left their 3-point shot in Rupp Arena. UK provided more material for skeptics who snipe that a short bench will trip the Wildcats in March. True, true, true. So is this: Despite all that uneven play, Kentucky still outlasted Louisiana State, 60-51, in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament at New Orleans Arena Friday.