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Wednesday 2/14/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




KENTUCKY (17 - 8) at AUBURN (22 - 3)
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KENTUCKY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games17-8+2.39-1513-1176.035.746.6%38.970.532.841.1%34.2
Road Games4-6-2.24-55-572.734.845.1%38.674.433.241.6%36.1
Last 5 Games2-3+1.51-43-271.826.841.7%39.474.432.444.4%35.8
Conference Games6-6-0.72-95-769.931.243.6%36.970.930.942.3%35.0
KENTUCKY Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)76.035.727-5846.6%5-1533.3%17-2568.7%391113196145
vs opponents surrendering69.932.525-5842.1%7-2233.5%13-1971.1%34912196133
Team Stats (Road Games)72.734.826-5845.1%5-1630.4%16-2467.1%391113215155
Stats Against (All Games)70.532.825-6141.1%7-2529.1%13-1968.4%341013206124
vs opponents averaging7636.127-5845.5%8-2235.5%15-2172.8%37914186134
Stats Against (Road Games)74.433.225-6141.6%8-2532.3%15-2270.1%361115197114

AUBURN - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games22-3+11.816-611-1185.541.445.8%38.272.434.041.7%34.0
Home Games12-1+4.57-36-490.243.848.8%38.172.534.741.4%32.1
Last 5 Games4-1+1.54-13-
Conference Games10-2+6.210-25-784.138.245.5%
AUBURN Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)85.541.428-6245.8%10-2639.0%19-2477.7%381115207126
vs opponents surrendering71.333.325-5842.8%8-2334.0%14-1971.1%35913186133
Team Stats (Home Games)90.243.830-6248.8%11-2641.5%19-2478.8%381017188136
Stats Against (All Games)72.434.024-5841.7%8-2334.6%16-2174.6%34912216163
vs opponents averaging74.334.826-5845.2%8-2234.7%14-2071.8%36914186134
Stats Against (Home Games)72.534.725-6041.4%8-2334.9%15-1976.1%32912207153
Average power rating of opponents played: KENTUCKY 82,  AUBURN 77
KENTUCKY - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/3/2018@ LSU74-71W-3T156.5U31-6150.8%351429-6544.6%3411
1/6/2018@ TENNESSEE65-76L4L148U24-5246.2%301625-5545.5%3712
1/9/2018TEXAS A&M74-73W-4.5L145O24-4355.8%281226-5250.0%2712
1/13/2018@ VANDERBILT74-67W-2W145.5U23-4353.5%351121-5538.2%307
1/16/2018@ S CAROLINA68-76L-1.5L141.5O22-4944.9%351623-6137.7%409
1/23/2018MISSISSIPPI ST78-65W-7.5W139.5O25-5843.1%411126-6738.8%3111
1/27/2018@ W VIRGINIA83-76W10W149O26-5844.8%491627-6839.7%346
2/3/2018@ MISSOURI60-69L2.5L140.5U21-6731.3%401219-4146.3%3620
2/10/2018@ TEXAS A&M74-85L5.5L141.5O30-6645.5%431231-6647.0%409
2/14/2018@ AUBURN              
2/20/2018@ ARKANSAS              
2/28/2018OLE MISS              
3/3/2018@ FLORIDA              

AUBURN - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/2/2018@ TENNESSEE94-84W5W153.5O30-7440.5%461024-5841.4%3815
1/9/2018OLE MISS85-70W-12W163.5U25-5644.6%441522-6533.8%4112
1/13/2018@ MISSISSIPPI ST76-68W-3W150.5U21-6035.0%39724-5940.7%4212
1/17/2018@ ALABAMA71-76L-5L153U24-6139.3%351425-5149.0%3719
1/24/2018@ MISSOURI91-73W2W146O27-6144.3%30822-5440.7%4120
1/30/2018@ OLE MISS79-70W-4.5W160U26-6738.8%421125-6141.0%4117
2/7/2018TEXAS A&M80-81L-6L154O26-5052.0%221433-6154.1%3316
2/10/2018@ GEORGIA78-61W-3.5W142.5U29-5750.9%31922-4944.9%2713
2/17/2018@ S CAROLINA              
2/24/2018@ FLORIDA              
2/27/2018@ ARKANSAS              
3/3/2018S CAROLINA              
KENTUCKY: Last season: 32-6, reached NCAA Tournament South Region final.
Who's gone: G De'Aaron Fox, G Malik Monk, F Bam Adebayo (all NBA lottery picks); G Isaiah Briscoe, F Derek Willis, G Dominique Hawkins, G Mychal Mulder, F Isaac Humphries.
Who's back: F Wenyen Gabriel. The 6-foot-9 sophomore started 23 of 38 games before his minutes dwindled in the postseason but returns as the Wildcats' top scorer (4.6 points) and rebounder (4.8); Fs Sacha Killeya-Jones and Tai Wynyard, both 6-10, look for bigger roles this season.
Who's new: G Hamidou Diallo. The mid-year enrollee who dressed but didn't play flirted with entering the NBA Draft before deciding to return and get actual minutes. Calipari offset some of the departures with his usual crop of high school All-Americans: G Quade Green (6-0) and Fs Jarred Vanderbilt (6-9), Nick Richards (6-11), Kevin Knox (6-9) and P.J. Washington (6-7). Gs Jemarl Baker and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander were top-100 players as well.
The Skinny: The Wildcats' latest roster turnover has left Calipari with perhaps his youngest group since arriving in Lexington eight years ago. With no veteran upperclassmen, Gabriel, Wynyard and Killeya-Jones must provide leadership while competing with the newcomers for minutes. Calipari's immediate task is finding a floor general like John Wall and Tyler Ulis, but his history has shown things often work out. Having so much high-level talent is a problem any coach would love to have, though Calipari warns it might be ugly early on.
AUBURN: Last season: 18-14, lost to Missouri in first round of SEC tournament
Who's gone: G T.J. Dunans (8.2 ppg, 2nd in assists); G Ronnie Johnson (7.8 ppg, 3rd in assists).
Who's back: G Mustapha Heron led team in scoring (15.2 ppg) and rebounding (6.1 rpg) last season; F Danjel Purifoy averaged 11.5 points and led team with 59 3-pointers; C Austin Wiley (8.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg); G Jared Harper (11.4 ppg, team-high 95 assists).
Who's new: G Davion Mitchell is a four-star prospect and strong defender at the point. F Chuma Okeke, another four-star signee, averaged a double-double in points and rebounds during a four-game Italy tour.
The Skinny: The Tigers appeared poised to make a run at their first NCAA Tournament since 2003, but open with a cloud of uncertainty instead. Associate head coach Chuck Person has been arrested in a federal investigation for allegedly accepting bribes to steer Auburn pro prospects to a financial advisor after college. Part of that money allegedly went to families of two recruits, possibly leaving them ineligible. Auburn and investigators haven't disclosed the players' identity.
Kentucky hoping to get rolling with visit to No. 10 Auburn

Don't panic.

That was the message from Kentucky coach John Calipari after his Wildcats lost their third straight game -- the first time that has happened in his nine-year tenure.

"We play for March," he said.

With March and Selection Sunday fast approaching, Kentucky needs to string together some wins starting with Wednesday's visit to No. 10 Auburn.

"We've still got time," Calipari said, according to the website SEC Country. "Been in this situation a couple different times at Kentucky and you know every team we play is giving us their best shot so when we get this, we'll bust through. But it's getting old right now."

"Each week that goes by, it gets harder to get this thing to where you want it to go. At some point, you're right, somebody has to step up and lead and say, 'hey, enough is enough.'"

In Saturday's 85-74 loss at Texas A&M, the Wildcats (17-8, 6-6 SEC) were outscored 35-9 to start the second half, turning a four-point Kentucky lead into a 61-39 deficit with 10:22 to go.

"You can tell: This has got to be the youngest Kentucky team I've ever played against," Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy said. "They made mistakes that freshmen make in the heat of the game on the road. They played like a young team tonight.?

Kentucky's roster, the nation's youngest, boasts eight freshmen, four sophomores and zero seniors.

The Wildcats' youthfulness is aging their coach.

"(Kennedy) hit me after and says, 'Do you know how young your team is' And I said, 'Yeah, and I'm getting older by the day,'" Calipari said.

The schedule doesn't get any easier as the Wildcats travel to face the Tigers before a Saturday meeting with Alabama, which is coming off a 28-point win over then-No. 15 Tennessee.

Basketball fever has gripped football-mad Auburn, Ala., as the Tigers (22-3, 10-2) have won all 15 home games and taken a two-game lead in the SEC.

Former Auburn head coach Sonny Smith credits Bruce Pearl, now in his fourth season as the Tigers head man.

"(Fans have) started taking buses to games," Smith told the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader. "You haven't seen that in the Auburn program in many years. Maybe ever."

More than 200 fans traveled to Georgia on Saturday to watch their Tigers rout the Bulldogs 78-61.

"They're more enthused than I've ever seen them," said Smith, who became Auburn's coach 40 years ago and now does commentary on radio broadcasts of Auburn games. "Standing-room-only crowds. Basketball is relevant now to people. And that's new. It's the talk of the town."

Kentucky will face Auburn's fifth home sellout crowd of the season, but the Wildcats bring with them at least one advantage: size.

"The only time (the Tigers) have trouble is because of size," Smith said. "Size matters. And it doesn't have to be size on the inside. It can be size on the perimeter that gives us trouble, too. That's why I think Kentucky is going to be a tremendous challenge."

The Tigers are a perimeter-oriented team with their three leading scorers, guards Bryce Brown, Mustapha Heron and Jared Harper averaging 46.2 points per game.

"We trust each other," Heron said. "We trust Bruce Pearl's process. We try to play for each other and having fun makes a huge difference."

The Tigers have been good at overcoming adversity on and off the court.

An FBI investigation of college basketball led to the dismissal of assistant coach Chuck Person and the ineligibility of front court starters Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy.

Five times this season -- including in three SEC games -- Auburn has won after trailing by double-digits in the second half.

"They don't give up," Pearl said.

Brown, who missed Saturday's game with a shoulder strain, is likely to be back on the court after practicing on Monday.

"He's shooting a little bit, he's moving a little bit," Pearl said, according to the Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser. "He's got a better chance to Wednesday than when he did on, obviously, Saturday."

Brown, who injured the shoulder on a dunk in an 81-80 loss to Texas A&M on Feb. 7, shot 3-pointers and free throws during Monday's practice session.

Last Updated: 2/23/2019 7:20:31 PM EST

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