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Auburn becomes latest victim of a Kentucky upset in tournament

After Auburn upset the Cats a week ago, most of the Big Blue Nation turned toward the SEC, Bruce Pearl and his team to cheer on the Tigers in last night’s game against Virginia.

By now, you’ve probably seen what happened. Did they miss a double dribble? Did they miss a foul call? Sure, we can continue to ask the same questions, but the result is final, which means the Cavaliers advance to the Championship game in dramatic fashion.

One of my favorite accounts to follow on Twitter is Corey Price (@coreyp08). Being a stats nerd, I love the stats he’s able to come up with. Before the game yesterday, he posted one that really caught my eye:

With the result of yesterday’s game, teams are now 0-16 in their next game of the tournament. This really is an unbelievable stat. It shows how much some teams put into beating Kentucky, and – in some ways –  it could just mean that their luck runs out by the next round.

This takes nothing away from the run or the season this year’s Auburn team had. They were expected to compete for an SEC Championship, but after the dredging they took at Rupp, it was hard to imagine they would have reached the point that they did. It just wasn’t enough to break the status quo.

Article written by Sam Gormley

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29 Comments for Auburn becomes latest victim of a Kentucky upset in tournament



  1. Luether
    5:10 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

    Coming soon: “How to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory” by John Calipari and Bruce Pearl…



    • Lip Man 1
      5:33 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

      Sam: Didn’t North Carolina beat Kentucky in the 2017 regional finals and go on to win their next game?



    • maximumscott
      5:45 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

      When UK gets beat as the top seed. UnC was top seed in that game.



    • liveblueuk9812
      5:46 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

      UNC was a 1 seed and UK was a 2 so it wasn’t an upset



    • ThatsAShame
      6:50 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

      LipMan – UNC was the higher seed. This stat was when UK was the higher seat. I don’t know if anyone was going to point this out



    • ThankfulCat
      7:53 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

      A book that took 15 seconds to write

      “How to be a moron by Luether”



  2. eyebleedblue
    5:18 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

    Glad Virginia beat them.

    Seems like Bennett is a great guy who does it the right way even if they’re painful to watch. Pearl is everything people think is wrong with college sports, but he’s peppy!



  3. chardun20
    5:19 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

    I did not cheer for Auburn and I’m they got beat the way they did.



  4. dcforuk
    5:19 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

    Ty Jerome was not called for a double dribble last night I think in large part to how the rules and the referees have relaxed the double dribble rule over the last 10 to 15 years…..



    • DirtyDave
      5:38 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

      Everyone complaining about the double dribble no call but no one talking about the reach in foul that caused him to lose his dribble which is why I think they didn’t call thDD



    • mashman 93
      5:51 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

      Great point Dave.



    • Cokely53
      6:32 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

      The dude dribbled it off his own leg. The reach wasn’t the problem.



    • makeitstop
      6:19 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

      Good point Dave



    • dcforuk
      7:03 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

      I would have to go back and watch it again to see if there was a reach in foul. Not saying there wasn’t. It was clearly a double dribble though so if there was a reach in foul then they missed two calls there. I think most referees would not have called that a double dribble because they have clearly relaxed and change that rule a whole lot through the years. I’m not sure if that was intentional or if it just simply evolved but it’s clearly different than 20-30 years ago…..



  5. Ettish
    5:21 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

    This just in: “How to cut and paste the same unoriginal quote” by Luether



  6. VirginiaCat
    5:58 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

    “It shows how much some teams put into beating Kentucky, and – in some ways – it could just mean that their luck runs out by the next round.”

    I believe the above is a stretch. The 0-16 stat suggests that it’s more likely that we have a tendency to lose to inferior teams and who are then exposed in the next game.



  7. makeitstop
    6:10 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

    Well if they were lower seeded than us, then they are very likely to be lower seeded than the next team they play, which just means they could’nt pull 2 upsets in a row. 3 times in the last 15 years or so we lost to higher seeded teams who then went on to win, twice winning the NCAA. If u ran this statistic for most teams that get 1-3 seeds a lot, I expect it would be similar. Upsetting two teams in a row is hard in this tournament and while it happens, it’s so infrequent those runs are memorable.



    • makeitstop
      6:19 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

      By the way, we lost to the 5 seed that upset the 1 seed before us, and the 4 team before that, so Auburn has a pretty good upset run going by historical standards, not unlike us in 2014 and UConn in 2011. The other years, we were a weak 4 upset by a good 5 as I recall in IU w no chance of beating the 1 seed, UNC; we lost to the 1 seed in 2017, and should’ve won, and last year, we weren’t good and lost to a team that was every bit as good as we were. The 2015 team lost to another 1 seed. The 2011 team lost to the eventual ncaa champs. The 2009/10 team lost to a very good WVU team, which we should’ve beaten, but it’s not like we went out t Marquette and UAB like we did when Tubby was here. We didn’t lose to a 5 as 1 like Roy; or a 16 as ac1 like Tony last year or any number of early exits by Coach K and Bill Self. Sheez a little perspective would be welcome.



    • Fitz
      7:27 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

      Good points



    • mashburnfan1
      10:34 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

      And Auburn also won by 1 point in first round to a 12 seed because the 12 seed guy missed free throws at the end or Auburn would have been home vs NMSU. But naturally they lost after our game because in most, if not all, of the cases they were not very good teams that we lost to.



    • henderblue
      7:35 am April 8, 2019 Permalink

      I think Virginia would tell you Auburn is a pretty good team, Mashburnfandookfan..



    • 4everUKblue
      9:43 am April 8, 2019 Permalink

      mashbumKfanboy needs to just STFU, he has no clue what he’s talking about. He just picks and chooses to fit his narrative. Tell us what a great coach K is and what a great program dUKe is [email protected]@ss!



  8. Matty Arbuckle
    6:16 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

    It also means we have lost an awful lot of tournament games to lower seeded teams…



    • makeitstop
      6:30 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

      Ummm not really. That’s since 1979! That’s 40 years, almost all of them in the tourney. And as I pointed out, we got bounced early and embarrassingly some years to teams in the first or second round… until Cal got here. Since then, we lost to other 1 seeds, higher seeds, in a 4/5 game that’s basically a toss up, and as a 1 to the 2 seed in WVU. The “worst” loss was to KSU who we only got to play bc as a 5 we missed playing ‘Zona bc Buffalo knocked them out. Overall, the last 10 years hv featured 1 real “upset” and we were down our best rebounder. Pretty sold record the last decade though there were some prodigious failures (UAB, MTSU) prior.



    • Cokely53
      6:35 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

      16 times in how many years? I would take that every day of the week. You sir are an idiot



  9. krautdog
    6:45 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

    It’s a reoccurring event. These inferior teams get so pumped to beat UK that they have nothing left for the next opponent(unless it’s a really bad team). AKA Wisconsin 2016!!!



  10. Fitz
    7:26 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

    I agree Virgina although it could be a little of both.



  11. Brad
    7:39 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

    Absolutely no reach and the spot they inbounded the ball was up 10 feet from where the foul occurred



  12. syrin23
    8:10 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

    That Virginia team would have eaten hagans alive