A pair of SEC teams will get together on Wednesday for a key battle in conference play. The Kentucky Wildcats are on the road at the Auburn Tigers. The Auburn Tigers come into the game ranked 10th in College Basketball with their 22-3 record on the season. The Tigers lead the SEC by 2 games over the Tennessee Volunteers and the Florida Gators. Auburn is coming off a win on the road at Georgia.
The Kentucky Wildcats have run into a bump in the road, and are now 17-8 on the season. The Wildcats are tied in sixth with three other teams in SEC play. Kentucky is looking to snap their three game losing streak, with their most recent loss at Texas A+M. The Auburn Tigers are -8 over the Kentucky Wildcats in this SEC affair on Wednesday.
Head coach John Calipari has challenged his young Wildcats squad, and is hoping for a better start to the game on Wednesday. The losses to Missouri, Tennessee and Texas A+M saw slow and low- energy starts to the game. Kentucky is scoring 76 points per game, which ranks 116th in the country, while they are allowing opponents to score 70.5 per game.
Kevin Knox is the top scorer for the Wildcats with 15 points per game. Kentucky has three players scoring double digits per game with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Hamidou Diallo second and third on the team. The Wildcats have a home game against Alabama and a road trip to Arkansas following this game.
Pearl Have Tigers Rolling
Bruce Pearl, the head coach of the Auburn Tigers has his program rolling heading into this game. The Tigers are one of the Top 10 teams in the country, and looking for one of the top 8 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers have three losses this season; at home to the Temple Owls, on the road at the Alabama Crimson Tide, and at home to the Texas A+M Aggies.
Auburn is scoring 85.5 points per game, which is 8th in College Basketball. The defense for the Tigers is allowing just 72.4 points per game. The top scorer for the Tigers this season has been Bryce Brown with 16.6 points per game. Mustapha Heron, Jared Harper and DeSean Murray are combining for more than 40 points per game.
Tigers Down Wildcats
The Tigers are hosting the Wildcats. This is a really big game for both teams, as the Tigers would like to stay at the top of the conference, and the Wildcats are looking to get back in the mix. The Wildcats are struggling to play consistently well, and this is a game they are going to fall short. Look for Auburn to shoot the lights out and take advantage of a young Wildcats team. Auburn beats Kentucky on Wednesday in College Hoops.
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