SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Kentucky at Auburn

Auburn-Kentucky

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

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Team Statistical Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Kentucky 0.462 0.323 0.774 201 769 290 106 102 261
Kentucky OPP 0.389 0.289 0.667 204 641 220 101 62 252
Auburn 0.443 0.314 0.667 267 823 271 128 109 267
Auburn OPP 0.411 0.305 0.691 216 722 211 139 56 285

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Statistical Leaders

Kentucky Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Nick Richards Kentucky 14.4 111 65 0
Immanuel Quickley Kentucky 13.8 77 75 34
Ashton Hagans Kentucky 13.2 78 95 12
Tyrese Maxey Kentucky 13.2 89 64 22
EJ Montgomery Kentucky 6.9 51 15 1
Nate Sestina Kentucky 6.6 37 22 16
Keion Brooks Jr. Kentucky 5.1 42 15 3
Kahlil Whitney Kentucky 3.3 23 10 4
Johnny Juzang Kentucky 2.4 15 6 4

Kentucky Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Nick Richards Kentucky 56 109.0 165 8.3
EJ Montgomery Kentucky 26 65.0 91 5.4
Ashton Hagans Kentucky 5 80.0 85 4.3
Tyrese Maxey Kentucky 7 76.0 83 4.2
Immanuel Quickley Kentucky 15 66.0 81 4.3
Nate Sestina Kentucky 26 54.0 80 4.7
Keion Brooks Jr. Kentucky 22 43.0 65 3.3
Johnny Juzang Kentucky 8 29.0 37 2.2
Kahlil Whitney Kentucky 14 17.0 31 1.7

Auburn Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Samir Doughty Auburn 14.8 89 84 33
Isaac Okoro Auburn 12.9 94 59 11
J’Von McCormick Auburn 11.1 81 37 23
Austin Wiley Auburn 10.1 60 81 0
Danjel Purifoy Auburn 9.5 63 33 31
Anfernee McLemore Auburn 8.0 56 24 23
Jamal Johnson Auburn 4.8 28 14 26
Devan Cambridge Auburn 3.9 31 3 13
Allen Flanigan Auburn 3.2 27 5 4

Auburn Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Austin Wiley Auburn 61 122.0 183 9.2
Danjel Purifoy Auburn 30 70.0 100 5.0
Isaac Okoro Auburn 39 50.0 89 4.5
Anfernee McLemore Auburn 22 65.0 87 4.4
Samir Doughty Auburn 16 62.0 78 3.9
J’Von McCormick Auburn 21 55.0 76 3.8
Allen Flanigan Auburn 16 35.0 51 2.6
Devan Cambridge Auburn 10 29.0 39 2.0
Jamal Johnson Auburn 10 20.0 30 1.5
Tyrell Jones Auburn 4 6.0 10 1.0
Babatunde Akingbola Auburn 1 3.0 4 0.4
Jaylin Williams Auburn 1 3.0 4 0.5
Preston Cook Auburn 0 1.0 1 0.5
Javon Franklin Auburn 0 1.0 1 0.2

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Auburn Arena
Auburn Arena

NCAA RPI

Kentucky: 23

Auburn: 27

Kentucky Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Ashton Hagans G 6′-3″ 198 SO Cartersville, GA
1 Nate Sestina F 6′-9″ 234 SR Emporium, PA
2 Kahlil Whitney F 6′-6″ 210 FR Chicago, IL
3 Tyrese Maxey G 6′-3″ 198 FR Garland, TX
4 Nick Richards F 6′-11″ 247 JR Kingston, Jamaica
5 Immanuel Quickley G 6′-3″ 188 SO Havre De Grace, MD
10 Johnny Juzang G 6′-6″ 214 FR Los Angeles, CA
11 Dontaie Allen G 6′-6″ 200 FR Falmouth, KY
12 Keion Brooks Jr. F 6′-7″ 205 FR Fort Wayne, IN
13 Riley Welch G 6′-0″ 185 JR Littleton, CO
14 Brennan Canada F 6′-6″ 198 FR Mount Sterling, KY
21 Zan Payne G 6′-4″ 235 FR Lexington, KY
23 EJ Montgomery F 6′-10″ 228 SO Fort Pierce, FL
33 Ben Jordan F 6′-9″ 250 SO Olive Hill, KY

Auburn Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Tyrell Jones G 6′-1″ 170 FR Chicago, IL
1 Jamal Johnson G 6′-4″ 195 SO Birmingham, AL
2 Jaylin Williams F 6′-7″ 230 FR Nahunta, GA
3 Danjel Purifoy F 6′-7″ 230 SR Centreville, AL
4 Javon Franklin F 6′-7″ 218 SO Little Rock, AR
5 J’Von McCormick G 6′-0″ 185 SR New Orleans, LA
10 Samir Doughty G 6′-4″ 195 SR Philadelphia, PA
12 Lior Berman G 6′-4″ 205 FR Birmingham, AL
13 Babatunde Akingbola C 6′-10″ 236 FR Ogun, Nigeria
14 Preston Cook G 6′-4″ 200 SO Auburn, AL
20 Myles Parker F 6′-8″ 200 SO Madison, AL
21 Will Macoy G 6′-4″ 200 SR Birmingham, AL
22 Allen Flanigan G 6′-5″ 200 FR Little Rock, AR
23 Isaac Okoro F 6′-6″ 225 FR Powder Springs, GA
24 Anfernee McLemore F 6′-7″ 220 SR Warwick, GA
33 Chase Maasdorp G 6′-0″ 175 SO Lakewood Ranch, FL
35 Devan Cambridge G 6′-6″ 190 FR Nashville, TN
50 Austin Wiley C 6′-11″ 260 SR Hoover, AL
54 Thomas Collier F 6′-9″ 215 SR Birmingham, AL

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Scouting Report


Kentucky (16-4, 6-1 SEC) defeated Vanderbilt 71-62 on Wednesday night in Lexington. The Wildcats led this one early in the first half until the 8:46 mark when the Commodores took a 17-16 lead on a Saben Lee layup. Except for a brief tie, Vandy maintained that lead for the rest of the half and went to halftime up 35-28. In the second half Vandy built a 40-30 edge before UK gradually started cutting into that lead. An Immanuel Quickley jump shot finally put the Cats back on top 50-49 with 10:19 to play. UK would build as much as a 10-point edge in the final minutes before picking up the win. Tyrese Maxey led the Wildcats with 17 points. Vandy’s Lee paced the Commodores with 21 points. UK won this one by making five more field goals and five more free throws than this Commodores. This offset Vandys nine made 3-point shots compared to Kentucky’s three.

UK is averaging 75.4 points per game so far this season and allow 65.0 points a contest. Nick Richards leads the Cats in both scoring (14.4 ppg) and rebounding (8.3 rpg). The other players also average at least 13 points a game including Ashton Hagans, Immanuel Quickley and Tyrese Maxey. Hagans is one of the best guards in the country both offensively and defensively. Quickley’s shooting is second to none. Kentucky as a team is shooting 46.2% (2nd SEC) from the field, 32.3% (5th SEC) from 3-point range and 77.4% (2nd SEC) from the line. The Cats are second in the league in 3-point shooting defense (28.9%) and third in the conference in field goal shooting defense (38.9%).

Auburn (18-2, 5-2 SEC) defeated Ole Miss 83-82 in double overtime on Saturday in Oxford. Ole Miss dominated this game in the first half leading by as much as 18 points. The Rebels held a 37-20 lead at the half. In the second half the Rebels briefly led by 19 early in the half. After this point Auburn began to cut into the Rebel lead. With 10:05 remaining the Ole Miss lead had slipped to 50-43. Auburn narrowed the Rebel lead to 63-59 with 3:45 to play and then took a 66-64 edge on a Samir Doughty jump shot with just under a minute to play in regulation. Two Devontae Shuler free throws tied the game at 66 and the game would head to overtime. Auburn built a 75-70 lead with one minute to play in the first overtime but that period would end with score tied at 77. In the second overtime period Ole Miss forged an 82-78 edge with 3:04 remaining. However, Auburn scored the final five points of the period to gain an 83-82 victory. Shuler led the Rebels and all scorers in scoring with 26 points. Anfernee McLemore paced the Tigers with 19 points. The stats were fairly even except for rebounding and 3-point shooting. Auburn held a 45-33 rebounding edge and made 9/30 shots from 3-point range compared to Ole Miss’ 6 of 20 shots. Both teams hit 30% from 3-point range but the three more treys by the Tigers were significant in a game this close.

Guard Samir Doughty leads the Tigers in scoring (14.8 ppg). Okoro is the next leading scorer with 12.9 points a game. Center Austin Wiley is the top Tiger in rebounds, bringing down over 9 per game. Auburn is third in the SEC in scoring offense (79.2 ppg) and first in the conference in scoring margin (+10.7). The Tigers are fourth in the league in rebounding margin (+5.1) and second in blocked shots (5.5 bpg).

This is one of the most pivotal games for the SEC this season. Auburn is probably the favorite here but we predict the improving Wildcats to get another big road win.

Kentucky-Auburn Prediction

Kentucky 73, Auburn 67


Saturday‘s game tips off at 6:00 p.m. ET (5 p.m. CT). TV: ESPN.

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