(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.”