SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Auburn at Kentucky

Auburn-Kentucky

Auburn plays at Kentucky on Saturday in a key SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game along with a final score prediction.

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Team Statistical Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Auburn 0.454 0.379 0.692 342 962 392 239 136 347
Auburn OPP 0.417 0.338 0.700 285 906 306 163 91 472
Kentucky 0.477 0.354 0.747 319 1008 364 167 126 334
Kentucky OPP 0.406 0.350 0.695 246 768 285 144 78 361

Statistical Leaders

Auburn Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Bryce Brown 16.3 136 62 90
Jared Harper 15.2 119 89 68
Chuma Okeke 11.2 108 41 34
Austin Wiley 8.5 63 43 0
Samir Doughty 7.5 68 29 30
Malik Dunbar 7.5 71 22 32
Anfernee McLemore 7.0 70 22 20
Horace Spencer 4.5 46 22 2
J’Von McCormick 3.2 30 14 6

Auburn Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Chuma Okeke 71 104 175 6.7
Horace Spencer 57 64 121 4.7
Anfernee McLemore 35 78 113 4.3
Austin Wiley 38 62 100 5.0
Samir Doughty 31 61 92 3.5
Malik Dunbar 21 70 91 3.5
Jared Harper 10 64 74 2.8
Bryce Brown 14 41 55 2.1
J’Von McCormick 12 14 26 1.0
Danjel Purifoy 7 15 22 1.6
Cole Blackstock 2 3 5 0.5
Preston Cook 3 1 4 0.5
Thomas Collier 1 0 1 0.1
Chase Maasdorp 1 0 1 0.1
Will Macoy 0 1 1 0.1
Myles Parker 0 1 1 0.1

Kentucky Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PJ Washington 14.9 139 84 25
Keldon Johnson 13.8 120 84 36
Tyler Herro 13.5 124 61 43
Reid Travis 11.3 99 89 6
Ashton Hagans 7.4 69 47 7
Immanuel Quickley 5.5 40 44 20
EJ Montgomery 4.1 46 13 2
Nick Richards 3.5 34 23 0

Kentucky Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
PJ Washington 67 140 207 8.0
Reid Travis 68 111 179 6.9
Keldon Johnson 30 107 137 5.3
Tyler Herro 11 104 115 4.4
EJ Montgomery 46 54 100 3.8
Nick Richards 38 39 77 3.0
Ashton Hagans 14 45 59 2.3
Immanuel Quickley 1 41 42 1.6
Quade Green 3 9 12 1.3
Jemarl Baker Jr. 1 10 11 0.6
Jonny David 1 0 1 0.2

NCAA RPI

Auburn: 20
Kentucky: 5

Auburn Roster

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
#0 Horace Spencer F 6′-8″ 225 SR Philadelphia, PA
#1 Jared Harper G 5′-11″ 175 JR Mableton, GA
#2 Bryce Brown G 6′-3″ 198 SR Stone Mountain, GA
#3 Danjel Purifoy F 6′-7″ 230 JR Centreville, AL
#4 Malik Dunbar G 6′-6″ 230 SR North Augusta, SC
#5 Chuma Okeke F 6′-8″ 230 SO Atlanta, GA
#10 Samir Doughty G 6′-4″ 195 JR Philadelphia, PA
#12 J’Von McCormick G 6′-0″ 175 JR Katy, TX
#14 Preston Cook G 6′-4″ 190 FR Auburn, AL
#20 Myles Parker F 6′-8″ 200 FR Madison, AL
#21 Devontae Williams G 6′-5″ 215 JR Opp, AL
#22 Will Macoy G 6′-4″ 200 JR Birmingham, AL
#23 Jamal Johnson G 6′-4″ 185 SO Birmingham, AL
#24 Anfernee McLemore F 6′-7″ 220 JR Warwick, GA
#25 Brett Easterling G 6′-1″ 170 SO Tallahassee, FL
#33 Chase Maasdorp G 6′-0″ 170 FR Lakewood Ranch, FL
#41 Cole Blackstock F 6′-9″ 260 SR Killen, AL
#50 Austin Wiley C 6′-11″ 260 JR Hoover, AL
#54 Thomas Collier F 6′-9″ 215 JR Birmingham, AL

Kentucky Roster

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
#2 Ashton Hagans G 6′-3″ 192 FR Cartersville, GA
#3 Keldon Johnson G 6′-6″ 211 FR South Hill, VA
#4 Nick Richards F 6′-11″ 244 SO Kingston, Jamaica
#5 Immanuel Quickley G 6′-3″ 185 FR Havre De Grace, MD
#10 Jonny David G 6′-2″ 188 SR Pittsburgh, PA
#12 Brad Calipari G 6′-0″ 179 JR Franklin Lakes, NJ
#13 Jemarl Baker G 6′-4″ 192 FR Menifee, CA
#14 Tyler Herro G 6′-5″ 195 FR Milwaukee, WI
#21 Zan Payne G 6′-4″ 240 FR Lexington, KY
#22 Reid Travis F 6′-8″ 238 SR Minneapolis, MN
#23 EJ Montgomery F 6′-10″ 225 FR Fort Pierce, FL
#25 PJ Washington F 6′-8″ 228 SO Dallas, TX

Auburn Schedule/Results

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
6-Nov vs South Alabama W 101-58
9-Nov vs Washington W 88-66
14-Nov vs Miss. College W 103-52
Nov 19* at Xavier W 88-79
Nov 20* vs. Duke L 78-72
Nov 21* vs. Arizona W 73-57
28-Nov vs St Peter’s W 99-49
4-Dec vs UNC Asheville W 67-41
8-Dec vs Dayton W 82-72
Dec 15* at UAB W 75-71
19-Dec at NC State L 78-71
22-Dec vs Murray State W 93-88
29-Dec vs North Florida W 95-49
9-Jan at Ole Miss L 82-67
12-Jan vs Georgia W 93-78
16-Jan at Texas A&M W 85-66
19-Jan vs Kentucky L 82-80
22-Jan at South Carolina L 80-77
26-Jan at Mississippi State L 92-84
30-Jan vs Missouri W 92-58
2-Feb vs Alabama W 84-63
5-Feb vs Florida W 76-62
9-Feb at LSU L 83-78
13-Feb vs Ole Miss L 60-55
16-Feb at Vanderbilt W 64-53
20-Feb vs Arkansas W 79-56
23-Feb at Kentucky
27-Feb at Georgia
2-Mar vs Mississippi State
5-Mar at Alabama
9-Mar vs Tennessee

Kentucky Schedule/Results

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
Nov 6* vs Duke L 118-84
9-Nov vs S Illinois W 71-59
14-Nov vs North Dakota W 96-58
18-Nov vs VMI W 92-82
21-Nov vs Winthrop W 87-74
23-Nov vs Tennessee St W 77-62
28-Nov vs Monmouth W 90-44
1-Dec vs UNCG W 78-61
Dec 8* at Seton Hall L 84-83
15-Dec vs Utah W 88-61
Dec 22* at UNC W 80-72
29-Dec at Louisville W 71-58
5-Jan at Alabama L 77-75
8-Jan vs Texas A&M W 85-74
12-Jan vs Vanderbilt W 56-47
15-Jan at Georgia W 69-49
19-Jan at Auburn W 82-80
22-Jan vs Mississippi State W 76-55
26-Jan vs Kansas W 71-63
29-Jan at Vanderbilt W 87-52
2-Feb at Florida W 65-54
5-Feb vs South Carolina W 76-48
9-Feb at Mississippi State W 71-67
12-Feb vs LSU L 73-71
16-Feb vs Tennessee W 86-69
19-Feb at Missouri W 66-58
23-Feb vs Auburn
26-Feb vs Arkansas
2-Mar at Tennessee
5-Mar at Ole Miss
9-Mar vs Florida

Auburn-Kentucky Prediction

The Kentucky Wildcats were on their way to a No. 1 NCAA Tournament seed, and they still might be, but now they have to deal with an injury to starting big man Reid Travis, an important part of this team’s steady improvement. It is true that P.J. Washington is terrific, and it is also true that Auburn’s frontcourt has been very inconsistent this season. However, losing Travis and having to play Nick Richards for more minutes is not a change of circumstances Kentucky welcomed. It might not matter: Auburn has been a bad road team this season. The Tigers also struggle in close games. Nevertheless, Auburn has to feel that it might have a better chance of beating UK in this rematch of a game the Cats won on The Plains in January. It will be close… and that means Auburn can’t be trusted. Kentucky 68, Auburn 64. (Matt Zemek)

This game tips off at 12:30 PM CT (1:30 PM ET). TV: CBS.

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