Auburn clearly had a game plan coming into todays game, and that was to be very physical with Kentucky and make the game as ugly as possible. Well, they executed that game plan perfectly, and by doing that they had a player ejected, and Frankie Sullivan pick up an intentional foul midway through the second half. Kentucky earlier in the year would’ve backed down from the physical play, but they didn’t today, and that’s a very good thing as this time continues to improve greatly.
Nerlens Noel had a career low in blocks today as he ended the game with only 1, but still ended the game with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Noel has been tough all year, and finally it looks like his leadership and toughness is rubbing off on his teammates. The reason why Nerlens didn’t have as many blocks today is because Auburn was hitting the 3 point shot unlike the meeting earlier in the season.
Kyle Wiltjer once again had another good game as he led all scorers with 14 points. He is getting better on defense, but still has a ways to go, but as long as he is scoring the ball Calipari has to keep him in the game to stretch zone defenses.
I loved what Jarrod Polson and Willie Cauley-Stein brought off the bench today as far as energy. Polson was diving on the floor, blocking shots, stealing the ball, and running the offense pretty well. Willie had some moments during the game that just made you say “WOW”, if he comes back next year and develops even more he could be a top 10 draft pick(please come back Willie).
Kentucky is winning the games they are supposed to, and now go down to Gainesville only one game back of Florida. It will be a very big challenge for Kentucky to come out of Gainesville with a win, but if they can they will be atop the SEC standings. We have grown more than any team in the nation in my opinion, and hopefully it continues. A win is a win and they are hard to come by this season so I was very happy with the effort today.
Kentucky takes on Florida Tuesday at 7 on ESPN!!