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GAME 23

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.

 

PROJECTED STARTERS

#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

Player GP MIN PPG RPG APG FG% FT% 3P%
Frankie Sullivan 22 32.5 16.1 4.2 2.9 .377 .770 .283
Chris Denson 11 24.7 11.5 3.0 1.5 .446 .629 .313
Rob Chubb 22 26.4 9.5 7.5 0.8 .509 .613 .000
Allen Payne 22 28.3 8.4 4.7 1.3 .469 .709 .216
Noel Johnson 22 18.3 5.5 2.3 0.5 .345 .571 .388
Jordan Price 17 14.5 5.4 1.6 0.9 .392 .727 .423
Shaquille Johnson 22 17.9 4.6 2.9 1.4 .360 .700 .308
Asauhn Dixon-Tatum 22 14.1 4.2 3.4 0.2 .500 .679 .000
Josh Wallace 22 24.7 3.9 2.0 3.2 .342 .727 .286
Brian Greene Jr. 20 12.4 3.4 0.7 1.3 .417 .538 .476
Shareif Adamu 6 12.3 2.7 2.0 0.5 .357 .625 .250
Nick Pellar 2 2.0 1.5 0.5 0.0 .500 .000 1.000
Jordon Granger 14 5.6 1.1 1.1 0.1 .286 .875 .000
Dylan Spencer 3 1.7 0.0 0.3 0.0 .000 .000 .000
C.J. Holmes 4 2.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 .000 .000 .000
Totals 22 67 35 13 .414 .692 .330

 

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. 

 

 

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