AUBURN TIGERS (9-13, 3-6 SEC)
Febuary 7, 2013 – 4:00 PM
RUPP ARENA, LEXINGTON, KY
TV – WKYT & ESPN3
KENTUCKY LEADS SERIES 86-17
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
1/19/2013 KENTUCKY 75 Auburn 53
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
Anytime Kentucky has been in need of a confidence booster, Auburn has typically been willing to be just that. UK has won 14 in a row vs. the Tigers, and the last loss UK suffered to Charles Barkley’s alma-mater was in 2000, when the #4 Tigers beat an unranked UK squad.
The Cats and Tigers squared off less than a month ago in Auburn, and UK used a furious second-half run to extend a 30-25 halftime lead into a 22-point blowout. Kyle Wiltjer scored 17 points for the second straight game, and Kentucky held Auburn without a 3-pointer in front of their home crowd. It was the first time Auburn didn’t hit a three=-pointer since going 0/14 at Mississippi on March 1, 1997.
Nerlens Noel came within an afro hair of a triple-double, notching 10 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks. Rob Chubb had 14 points and seven boards, while leading-scorer Frankie Sullivan scored 12 point on just 5/16 shooting.
#11 G JOSH WALLACE – SR 5’10, 170
3.4 PPG, 3.8 APG, 2.5 RPG
#23 G FRANKIE SULLIVAN – SR 6’1, 206
17.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 3.3 APG
4.9 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 1.4 APG
#2 F ALLEN PAYNE – JR 6’6, 215
8.4 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 1.5 APG
#41 C ROB CHUBB – SR 6’10, 250
9,9 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 0.9 BPG
FULL TEAM STATISTICS
|Brian Greene Jr.||20||12.4||3.4||0.7||1.3||.417||.538||.476|
The Wildcats are playing their best basketball now, and coming off of a 77-55 victory over Sout Carolina in the midst of a 4-game winning-streak has the Cats’ confidence rising by the day. The danger of this game is that UK will travel to Gainesville next Tuesday to face the SEC-leading Florida Gators, so this is your typical trap game, though Auburn resembles more of a mouse trap.
I think this young UK squad will come out float early, and lead by just single-digits going into halftime before they use a second-half run to pull away and claim their fifth-straight win by a 77-56 margin.