SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Kentucky at Auburn

Auburn-Kentucky

Kentucky plays at Auburn 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 0.488 0.347 0.754 193 614 229 109 86 218
Auburn OPP 0.418 0.362 0.697 143 458 187 89 43 240
Kentucky 0.454 0.359 0.676 253 636 263 160 98 213
Kentucky OPP 0.414 0.349 0.702 171 549 184 98 58 319

NCAA RPI

Auburn: 18
Kentucky: 10

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
Nov 6 vs South Alabama W 101-58
Nov 9 vs Washington W 88-66
Nov 14 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
Nov 28 vs St Peter’s W 99-49
Dec 4 vs UNC Asheville W 67-41
Dec 8 vs Dayton W 82-72
Dec 15* at UAB W 75-71
Dec 19 at NC State L 78-71
Dec 22 vs Murray State W 93-88
Dec 29 vs North Florida W 95-49
Jan 9 at Ole Miss L 82-67
Jan 12 vs Georgia W 93-78
Jan 16 at Texas A&M W 85-66
Jan 19 vs Kentucky
Jan 22 at South Carolina
Jan 26 at Mississippi State
Jan 30 vs Missouri
Feb 2 vs Alabama
Feb 5 vs Florida
Feb 9 at LSU
Feb 13 vs Ole Miss
Feb 16 at Vanderbilt
Feb 20 vs Arkansas
Feb 23 at Kentucky
Feb 27 at Georgia
Mar 2 vs Mississippi State
Mar 5 at Alabama
Mar 9 vs Tennessee

Kentucky Schedule/Results

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

Auburn-Kentucky Prediction

At this point in the SEC season, these are the two foremost contenders to Tennessee. Yes, LSU and South Carolina are both unbeaten in the SEC, but neither team has played Kentucky or Auburn. The Wildcats and Tigers have done more to warrant consideration as the second- and third-best teams in the SEC than LSU and the Gamecocks. Now, UK and AU will see which team deserves to be seen as the best of the 13 non-Volunteer teams in the SEC. Kentucky got a good game from Nick Richards against Georgia. Kentucky’s frontcourt has to be able to outplay Auburn’s inconsistent frontcourt, because if it can’t, Auburn’s guards are just as quick as Kentucky’s, only with more experience. Since Auburn is hosting this game, the Tigers would love to merely draw even in the paint. They will ride with their backcourt every time. Auburn gets the nod: Auburn 80, Kentucky 72. (Matt Zemek)

Game time: 4 ET, 3 CT, on ESPN

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