Auburn came out swinging (literally) against Kentucky this afternoon in Rupp Arena. The game was chippy at moments, including a first half Auburn ejection following a punch to Archie Goodwin’s back by Jordon Granger. Kentucky had trouble extending the lead until midway through the second half, struggling at times with Auburn’s zone. Willie Cauley-Stein and Jarrod Polson both provided a nice spark off the bench for the Cats. Cauley-Stein finished with 12 points, while Polson made some big plays in the first half when Goodwin and Harrow were struggling. Nerlens Noel didn’t notch a single block until the final minute of the game, but he finished with his third straight double-double (10 points and 12 rebounds). Kentucky was able to secure the double-digit win with a final score of 72-62.
With the win Kentucky moves into sole possession of 2nd place in the SEC behind Florida, who they will play on Tuesday.