Kentucky Wildcat Basketball – Know Your Enemy: Auburn Tigers

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GAME 17

AUBURN TIGERS 8-8 (2-1)
JANUARY 19, 2013 – 9:00 PM
AUBURN ARENA – AUBURN, AL

TV – ESPNU

KENTUCKY LEADS SERIES 86-17

LAST FIVE MEETINGS
1/11/2012: KENTUCKY 68 Auburn 53
1/11/2011: KENTUCKY 78 Auburn 54
1/16/2010: KENTUCKY 72 Auburn 67
1/21/2009: KENTUCKY 73 Auburn 64
2/6/2008: KENTUCKY 66 Auburn 63

If there has been a sure thing in the new millennium, it is that Kentucky will beat Auburn in basketball.  UK has won 13  in a row and the last six games on the road.  The last loss to the Tigers seems to be in a world, far, far away as the #4 Tigers beat UK 66-63 on 2/11/2000.  Auburn always tends to fight Kentucky pretty close as two of the last three road trips have been decided to just 8 points.  If you subscribe to the adage that Kentucky is everyone’s “Super Bowl”, this is proof for you.  This is a sellout for Auburn’s 9000 seat or so arena, but the average attendance on the year is averaging about 6000.  Throw in the fact that Tiger coach Tony Barbee is a former Calipari assistant at Memphis.  Barbee talked big when he took over the Auburn program, saying he was going for Calipari and “Kentucky’s throat” but has yet to finish within single digits of UK thus far.

I know it’s early in the season, but Kentucky and Auburn are tied with 2-1 records.  Auburn has defeated LSU and South Carolina and is coming off a double overtime loss to Arkansas.  Using CBS Sport’s interactive RPI tool, Kentucky is ranked 61st and Auburn is 186th.  According to this tool, Auburn’s best win is over #66 Florida State, so Auburn is capable of pulling off a big win on their home court.  On the negative side,  Auburn has home losses to   #178 Rhode Island and #255 Winthrop.  The Real Time RPI site is predicting a 76-69 win so they seem to think this will be a battle.  With that said, let’s meet the Tigers.

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