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Cats “womp” Auburn 75-53

(Photo by AP)

After a few close games in SEC play, Calipari wondered if his team had the ability to “womp” an opponent. I think tonight’s 22 point victory over Auburn, a game in which Kentucky played with more energy and emotion than we’ve seen in weeks, classifies as that kind of win. Auburn was still within 5 at halftime, but Kentucky was able to finally put the foot on the gas pedal and run away with a big win on the road. Even more encouraging than the margin of victory? The demeanor of this team throughout the game, especially during the big run in the second half. When Archie Goodwin and Kyle Wiltjer engaged in a chest bump, I could almost hear the heart monitors being tucked away somewhere in Lexington.

Kyle Wiltjer had another great performance tonight, finishing with 17 points points to lead all scorers. Nerlens Noel fought off early foul trouble to finish with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 7 blocks. Kentucky moves to 3-1 in the SEC. Auburn falls to 2-2. As one of the KSR Live Bloggers said….”Awww…burned.”

Somewhere an Auburn fan is still chanting “Air Ball.”

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

39 Comments for Cats “womp” Auburn 75-53

  1. Mike
    11:14 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    Hopefully this was good enuf to get us back in Top 25.

  2. LansingCat
    11:14 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink


  3. Brink
    11:15 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    1 ill be good if it gets us back to receiving votes

  4. Bird in Kentucky
    11:16 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    They actually played very smart tonight. The whole team played very well. They needed a win like this, hopefully it will get them more motivated. Only complaint is I wish Mays would quit trying to act like he is some bad ass. He is far from it. GO CATS!

  5. SCCat
    11:16 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    Great effort all around. harrow was a monster, Noel was a monster, Kyle hit jumpers and passed great – fun game to watch…keep it rollin BLUE!

  6. jeff
    11:18 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    #4. What did Mays do? I don’t remember him acting like that at all. Did he do something wrong that I must have missed?

  7. Ridge Runner
    11:18 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    The injury has fired this team up as I said before. It may have been the missing ingredient. Hell, there is no more new items to teach or coach and perhaps this is the very thing which is needed. Will it continue? The million-dollar question that only the team can answer. Again…coaching, Camp Cal, game experience, individual workouts, and there is nothing new to relate for these guys. Will we look back and say yet another team gained a spark and team-togetherness based on an injury to a significant player? Time will tell.

  8. Han
    11:19 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    Noel’s dunk would’ve been number 1 on Sportscenter Top 10… Then Butler won on a floater with .1 seconds left. Wow.

    Glad to see the team play better as a whole. Poythress finishing, Noel with active hands when on the court, Harrow, Wiltjer and Mays getting assists, Archie’s crazy shots going in. Good times. Can’t wait til we get WCS back, too.

  9. tom
    11:19 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    1. you are joking…aren’t you???!!!

  10. Han
    11:20 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    Man, it hurts seeing Noel on the bench with foul trouble in the first half. You could see how much he wanted to be on the floor, the fire in his eyes. If we could give his confidence and fire to Poythress too, we’d be set.

  11. Bhamilton
    11:20 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe Bledsoe’s grandmother should visit every game.

  12. UKUKUK1865
    11:22 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    Finally we beat a bad team by 20+ points. Maybe we are getting better.

  13. theSkinny81
    11:22 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    Auburn sucks, but it was a good win for our guys regardless. They seemed to play loose, for a change.

  14. Ridge Runner
    11:23 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    Great win!

    ridge runner, completely agree. it was the spark I think as well. Lets hope it continues.

  15. mudcreekmark
    11:24 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    Go back and check my pregame comments. I will keep preaching it though, Kyle Wiltjer will be the key to how far this team goes. He has to play 30 plus minutes a game and has to lead us in scoring. The kid is awful on defense but is terrific on offense.Noel and WCS can help erase some of his mistakes on defense if played right.I keep saying it, we should post him up and run our offense thru him. You see what happens, he either scores or makes a great pass.

  16. AndrewH
    11:24 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    Really proud of the way the team played tonight three things.

    1. The intensity rebounding pushing the tempo passing just overall flow in the second half was amazing best all year.

    2. Kyle Wiltjer was awesome we have to have him doing this on offense if we want to be good.

    3. This lineup I believe helped a lot Alex Poythress I really believe is a 4, but if Kyle is in he has to play the three any way loved this game. GO BIG BLUE beat bama

  17. Ignorant uk fan
    11:24 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    Oh so Cauley-stein is the cancer!!!!

  18. Ridge Runner
    11:24 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    14, you are not “me”, sir. Why would you write that dude? Damn. Trolls are getting so retarded.

  19. Buckets
    11:24 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    Butler-Gonzaga ending was fantastic.

  20. Bird in Kentucky
    11:27 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    Why was my post deleted?

  21. Don't spread rumors
    11:28 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    WCS had a minor (if there is such thing as minor) surgery on his knee! Had nothing whatsoever to do with cancer!

  22. Bird in Kentucky
    11:28 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    Now it says this – Your comment is awaiting moderation. Can’t have an opinion on here?

  23. JBR
    11:29 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    Good win…but Poythress is just the biggest wuss we have ever had. He plays so weak…good thing Wiltjer, Harrow and Noel came to play…and Polson. That kid has heart.

  24. niaps
    11:31 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    Good win over a bad team by 22 points and having fun doing it. That was UK ball for a change. Kyle Wiltger just gives this team so many scoring options he s wasted on the bench.

  25. Ridge Runner
    11:32 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    Poythress is showing signs though. Any indication a player is doing that means to me there is still time for him to unleash.

    I’m ok with everyones positives tonight and won’t criticize any player for a change. Just too many “ups” for the first time to go down that road after a win on the road like that.

  26. mudcreekmark
    11:38 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    24)Thank you sir. I have been saying it all year and I have been taking a beating on here by the Wiltjer haters. Mays averaging 34 minutes a game and Wiltjer only getting 22 is just crazy.

  27. uk true fan
    11:40 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    a good win over bad team? we made their butts look bad if anybody watched the game we finally played defense.this was a game in hostile place. had 5 in double figures. heck thats good any where. some of you fans just cant be happy. love my cats go big blue

  28. Mudcreekmark & Han & Ridge Runner
    11:44 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    Cats and we suck

  29. Eric K
    11:45 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    Good win, team acts like they are starting to put it together,hope they keep it up! GO CATS!!

  30. mudcreekmark
    11:45 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    As you saw again tonight, Poythress cannot dribble the ball good enough to take it to the rim off the dribble. His baskets came on backdoor cuts and great passes for dunks.He had one rebound at half time when Noel had to sit most of the first half because of fouls.

  31. RealCatsFan
    11:46 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    Saw on the news where Pitino’s horse “Russdiculous” (yes, he really named it that) was leading most of the race today and lost down the stretch. It has a certain kind of symmetry, doesn’t it? 🙂

  32. Drew is a Duke fan
    11:47 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    Great win! They were having fun. This game is the turning point.

  33. TH606
    11:47 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    WOMP! There it is! Nice to see some rebounding with WCS out and Noel on the bench for an extended period. Looked like a TEAM tonight.

  34. RealCatsFan
    11:47 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    It was great to see these kids playing with passion and reckless abandon in a hostile environment on the road. They looked like a team tonight, really played unselfish and moved the ball well tonight, and as a byproduct, they played loos and really looked like they were having fun. Keep it up, guys!

  35. Ridge Runner
    11:50 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    31, RealCats…awesome irony indeed. haha

  36. mudcreekmark
    11:53 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    Cats seemed to have more fun tonight than they have all year. Second half may have been the best they have played all year.

  37. Ap
    11:53 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    Gotta say, some of you need to learn the definition of sarcasm. Some of you also need to go back and read your posts and kick yourself.

    Glad to see us with a little hop in our step.

  38. OMG
    11:54 pm January 19, 2013 Permalink

    #21 …. hahahaha, did you really think #17 was suggesting that WCS has knee cancer?! So funny….It’s an EXPRESSION….made my night

  39. Bobbum man
    7:37 am January 20, 2013 Permalink

    Yea love the 10 hammered guys still goin with the air ball chant at the end of the game, that had to get annoying