Know Your Enemy: Auburn Tigers Are No Pushover for Kentucky Wildcats

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Nov 30, 2013; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers cheerleader celebrates a touchdown with a flag during the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Auburn Tigers (11-10, 3-7 in SEC ) 

February 12, 2014 – 8:00 PM

Auburn Arena

TV – SEC Network

UK Leads Series 88-17

Last 5 Meetings:

Date
Game
Result
Score
2/9/2013
Auburn at Kentucky
W
72 – 62
1/19/2013
Kentucky at Auburn
W
75 – 53
1/11/2012
(#2) Kentucky at Auburn
W
68 – 53
1/11/2011
Auburn at (#13) Kentucky
W
78 – 54
1/16/2010
(#2) Kentucky at Auburn
W
72 – 67

Roster

NO
NAME
POS
HT
WT
CLASS
HOMETOWN
1
KT Harrell
G
6-4
216
JR
Montgomery, AL
2
Allen Payne
F
6-6
225
SR
Cincinnati, OH
3
Chris Denson
G
6-2
181
SR
Columbus, GA
4
Devin Waddell
G-F
6-6
209
SO
Summerfield, NC
11
Dion Wade
G
6-5
170
FR
Antwerp, Belgium
13
Tahj Shamsid-Deen
G
5-10
163
FR
Decatur, GA
20
Alex Thompson
F
6-8
204
FR
Dothan, AL
21
Malcolm Canada
G
6-3
224
JR
Austin, TX
22
C.J. Holmes
G
6-0
191
SO
Washington, DC
31
Benas Griciunas
C
7-0
225
FR
Silute, Lithuania
32
Chris Griffin
F
6-7
229
JR
Tallahassee, FL
33
Ronald Delph
C
7-0
235
FR
Winter Haven, FL
41
Matthew Atewe
C
6-9
250
FR
Brampton, ON
Asauhn Dixon-Tatum
C
7-0
226
SR
Anderson, IN
Jordon Granger
NA
6-8
200
SO

Player Statistics 

Player
MIN
PPG
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
TPG
FG%
FT%
3P%
Chris Denson
32.0
20.2
4.5
2.4
1.0
0.1
2.0
.486
.638
.266
KT Harrell
31.6
19.4
4.0
2.0
0.8
0.2
2.9
.468
.852
.391
Tahj Shamsid-Deen
29.0
9.4
1.3
3.0
0.9
0.1
1.4
.442
.783
.307
Allen Payne
27.8
7.0
6.0
1.7
1.2
0.2
1.4
.432
.723
.190
Chris Griffin
16.7
5.7
4.0
0.4
0.6
1.0
1.1
.350
1.000
.280
Asauhn Dixon-Tatum
22.8
5.6
6.2
0.5
0.3
2.0
1.5
.557
.559
.000
Dion Wade
11.1
3.2
1.4
0.7
0.5
0.2
0.3
.350
.625
.333
Malcolm Canada
12.4
3.1
2.0
1.0
0.7
0.1
1.1
.389
.742
.143
Benas Griciunas
9.3
2.0
1.8
0.3
0.0
0.4
0.4
.385
.571
.000
Matthew Atewe
14.0
1.5
3.1
0.4
0.3
1.3
0.6
.353
.611
.000
Alex Thompson
8.2
1.4
1.3
0.2
0.4
0.1
0.6
.350
.286
.400
Jordon Granger
9.5
1.1
1.9
0.2
0.1
0.2
0.6
.412
1.000
.000
C.J. Holmes
1.0
1.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
1.000
.000
.000
Devin Waddell
1.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
.000
.000
.000
Totals
74
35
12
6
5
12
.452
.703
.319

The Kentucky Wildcats seemingly have an easy challenge ahead of them in the Auburn Tigers, a team that’s 11-10 and has no quality wins this year. The best team they’ve beaten is the Clemson Tigers, currently ranked 68th in the latest RPI rankings. The Tigers sit at a woeful 149th in RPI, so on the outside, this looks like a completely harmless team UK should dismantle with ease.

But that’s what the 2011-12 title team thought when they rolled into Auburn Arena, only to find themselves trailing 47-45 with 10:52 left. That UK team was able to close-out the Tigers and win handily against a team that finished they year 15-16.

But the fact that Auburn team was able to hang with Kentucky for so long is just another reminder that even the weakest of teams can rise up and push UK to the limit. This UK team isn’t that 2011 title team, and this Auburn team isn’t much different from the yea’s team.

According  to ESPN’ RPI metrics, the Tigers finished No. 139 in the final RPI rankings in 2011 and are currently No. 149 in this year rankings. Go back another two years and the you’ll see the 2010 team, ranked No. 2 at the time and loaded with five eventual first-round draft picks, was also taken to the limit before escaping with a 5-point win.

The Cats have won three straight and six of its last seven vs. Auburn, and with a win, would go into Saturday’s matchup with Florida having won four-straight games after losing two of three on the road to the likes of LSU and Arkansas. The Cats should win Wednesday night, but they’ll be in for a battle if they don’t come ready to play, and could have to sweat this one out to the very end if they let Auburn hang around too long.

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