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Kentucky Holds On to Win at Auburn 82-80

John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

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For the first in the Calipari era, Kentucky defeated a Top 15 SEC team on the road.  The Cats withstood a late flurry of threes from Bryce Brown to hold on for an 82-80 victory over the fourteenth-ranked Auburn Tigers.

Auburn’s sharp-shooter scored just three points on two shots in the first half, but in the second half Brown was on fire.  He made all five threes to finish with 28 points and erase a 17-point Kentucky lead.  Luckily, Tyler Herro was prepared to answer.

Herro scored ten points in the final six minutes to help the Cats overcome an absurd late flagrant foul on P.J. Washington.  Jared Harper’s three-pointer gave Auburn a one-point lead with 30 seconds to go.  Herro answered with a pair of made free throws to give Kentucky the lead.  Harper’s contested two rimmed out to secure the UK win.

Kentucky put all of the pieces together to win a hard-fought, nail-biter on The Plains.  The future is bright for the Wildcats.

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

111 Comments for Kentucky Holds On to Win at Auburn 82-80



  1. cats646
    6:18 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Love the fight!! Awesome win!!
    I hate refs, they made that amazing game almost unwatchable



    • catsby90.1
      11:16 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      The flagrant on pj was the worst call I’ve ever seen. Hope the guy is ok and everything, but pj clearly made a play on the ball, like you’re supposed to, but gets a flagrant because of a bad fall. Absolute BS. Good win though. This team is getting tougher every game.



  2. 4everUKblue
    6:19 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Tried to steal that one from us!



  3. J-Dub421
    6:19 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Well, I almost threw up and/or had a heart attack at the end there, but good win. Really tough road win. Well done Cats.



    • Ridge Runner
      6:25 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Agree word 4 word on that. Whewwwww



    • J-Dub421
      6:36 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      That win should help our tournament resume.



  4. spincr4hire
    6:20 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Refs were horrendous. Good win



  5. dhard
    6:20 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Great, great win and the sec must so proud of the effort the referees gave.



  6. BigolBlue
    6:20 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Really good win for the cats. Made me a nervous wreck at the end. The flagrant was college ref bs once again. Herro hit some key shots. PJ and Reid played well. Bandwagon? lol



    • Skooms
      6:31 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Lol, welcome back BoB! You kinda jumped back off between tge GA game and today. We need you firmly on it brother.



    • catsarerunnin
      6:31 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      BigolBandwandgon. Watch your boys dUKe and take a hike. Go Cats!!



  7. KYFAN4LYFE
    6:21 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    A lot of people are gonna criticize Cal for almost letting this game get away. I think he knew this team has to grow up quick, and learn to make the right plays, and work hard down the stretch to pull these games out on their own. Good parents know this to be true…have to let ’em fail on their own, so they can learn how to succeed on their own. GO CATS…GREAT WIN!



    • Kerosenerag
      6:25 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Great win. That flagrant call was just awful… almost cost us the game. Guys toughed it out though. The 71 rule worked again!



    • syrin23
      6:53 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Actually, I expected Cal to sit on the ball when we took a big lead, but he didn’t, so he’s learning. Let’s be real, he got all over our players because they made some threes, but most of those were heavily contested. A hot shooter can make baskets from anywhere with anyone on them.



    • ClutchCargo
      6:54 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Anybody who would criticize either didn’t actually watch the game or don’t understand basketball. Great job of holding off a talented, relentless opponent on the road. They won AND learned from this game.



    • ClutchCargo
      6:55 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Ugh… *doesn’t.



    • jrdh13
      7:05 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Cal did almost blow this game were up 6 with the ball with reid killing auburns 3rd string and he doesnt touch the ball the rest of the game. Absolutely pathetic. Cal is extremely lucky we didnt blow this. Everyone in america knew we had an advantage down low except cal apparently.



    • maximumscott
      7:24 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Geeze. Auburn hit 13 three pointers and hit 15 FTs while shooting nearly 50% overall. You ask me? Id saw a 2 point win on the road is incredible give. How hot Auburn got.



  8. blueblood4life
    6:22 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Good road win ! Go cats



  9. Bigblue7982
    6:23 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Flagrant 1 Was BS!!



  10. binarysolo
    6:23 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    That was some flagrant officiating. What a hard-earned W. Let’s build on this!



  11. brian
    6:23 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    “Harper’s contested two rimmed out to secure the UK win.” What game did you watch?



    • KYcats11
      6:37 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      What game did you watch?



    • brian
      6:47 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Harper missed a shot. Quickly made a free throw. Then they missed a half court shot to secure the win.



  12. bigblue98
    6:24 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Huge, huge win. Great win against a really good team and our guys had to fight through adversity on the road. This win pays big dividends in March. Go Cats!



  13. cking
    6:24 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Awesome Job to this team!!

    Sometimes you need a little luck!

    Still Bp can still suck it.



    • StillBP
      6:43 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      You’re still sucking on that crow, little bandwagon boy. Is that what the c in cking is for? Crow king.



    • BigolBlue
      6:50 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      No doubt BP is a B;&%H and he knows it



    • catsarerunnin
      7:34 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      BigolBuffoon is home washing out his tights.



    • UK Coachk
      6:51 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      I love/can’t stand comment section beef ?



    • StillBP
      7:03 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Haha both the bandwagon boys trying to gang up on me. So mad that I call you out on the crap you spew. I am a female, you dummies, so you can stop calling me “he”… Or keep it up and just add it to your list of crap you’re wrong about.



    • bigbluebanana
      7:48 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      In their defense BP, both are probably the type of guys who don’t think women should be allowed to talk, much less express an opinion! Both knuckle dragging mouth breathers trying to pretend 95% of their comments here aren’t negative. If we would’ve lost that one by a point, they’d be the first here saying how bad we looked and that we should fire Cal and hire a mid major coach.



    • BigolBlue
      7:51 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Cals daughter



    • spincr4hire
      11:57 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      UofL sucks



    • 4everUKblue
      11:50 am January 20, 2019 Permalink

      Bigoldumbass/Slater/combatmedic is Cal’s little b!tch.



  14. bigbluebanana
    6:25 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Solid win against a very, very good team on the road. That flagrant on PJ was some dumb ish though.



  15. Luether
    6:26 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Whew!!! Would likely have been a different outcome had Austin Wiley played…



    • Ridge Runner
      6:28 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      So true because our point difference would have been higher had they played Wiley AT RUPP.



    • Cats N Pats
      6:37 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Awe I’m sorry, buddy. What happened back at the Yum! Center again? Get a life bro for real lol



    • Skooms
      10:01 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Actually Ridge is right. They don’t shoot as many 3s with Wiley playing.



    • Skooms
      10:02 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      If they shot against us the way they shot against Ole Miss, we win by 30! They were hot tonight from behind the arc, but not anywhere else.



    • spincr4hire
      11:48 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Luether stick another heroin needle in your veins already



    • spincr4hire
      11:54 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Go jump off a bridge you f Tard



  16. michaelb
    6:26 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Hell yes , that was a tough win . I had my doubts before this one . Glad they came to play . I gotta say that’s the hardest I’ve ever seen a group of officials try to screw us out of the game . Coach came so close to getting a tech & I understand why . That’s the most fouls I’ve seen called on 3pt shooters . That flagrant vs pj – there wasn’t a person alive that thought that was flagrant besides those officials . They need to be reprimanded . If you take refs out of the equation , we win by 12



    • TheAssman
      8:00 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      I agree michaelb…I’m with ya’ brother.



    • michaelb
      10:03 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Hey you called that Over bet didn’t ya AssMan?! $$$ I knew it would go over that mark too. Glad I can’t bet easily lol



  17. AirForceOne
    6:26 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Some incredibly bad calls…..still can’t believe the flagrant on P.J. We have some things to polish up, but I LIVE the determination by our Cats. A good win against a good team….I’ll take it!!!



  18. DanTHEMan
    6:26 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    I like my team!!!!



  19. DanTHEMan
    6:26 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    I like my team!!!



    • spincr4hire
      7:39 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Me too. I work with the most Debbie downer uk fans. Crap gets old. Anti cal. I tell them to root for another team. Silence



  20. eddiesuttonsliver
    6:27 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    haters can just pretend they lost.



  21. Steven
    6:28 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Huge win that tested our composure and toughness! Could’ve easily folded with the amount of bad calls and flat out tough shots Brown hit!

    GO CATS!



  22. dhard
    6:29 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Kids can make highlight reels from the games they have against us.



    • Skooms
      6:34 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      I know right? Don’t get me wrong, they got some open looks, but man a lot of those threes were NBA range with a hand right in their face! How come thos doesn’t happen in football?? Lol, Bama usually makes everyone look worse on the gridiron.



  23. NJReturns
    6:29 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Did Barkley cry at the end?



    • dhard
      6:31 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      I got sick if ESPN showing him after every play.



    • catsarerunnin
      6:43 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      He didn’t cry. Just ate some more ice cream.



    • cats646
      6:45 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      I thought Barkley and DV were gonna make out, live on camera in front of everyone. It was annoying listening to them talk about just how good they each were. I do like Barkley though.



    • BigolBlue
      6:51 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      ESPN is so damn predictable. As soon as Barkley was involved it was the Barkley show like a dramatic movie. Just like they drool over Zion and Duke



    • syrin23
      6:56 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      No kidding, they interrupted a third of the first half to do an interview of Berkley and reminisce. Save it.



  24. ThankfulCat
    6:32 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    I hate Bruce Pearl

    I hope the lock on his cage gets stuck as that snake slithers back in



    • michaelb
      8:22 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Lol what ?!



    • satcheluk
      5:58 am January 20, 2019 Permalink

      Not sure how anyone could hate Bruce Pearl. That guy is a helluva coach and he gives 110% effort with passion. Do you just hate effort?



  25. catsarerunnin
    6:32 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Great win. Loved the fight. Go Cats!!



  26. Cats N Pats
    6:35 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    I loved the fight and composure this team payed with. On another note, SEC refs are softer than baby s***!!



  27. jaws2
    6:35 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Man Tyler just puts it ALL out there!! The kid is a player!! He could be REEEEALY good by tournament time.



  28. KYjellyRoll
    6:36 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Good win in that environment! The flagrant on pj was no flagrant. The slammed his head on the floor and I think he could have prevented it. Pj simply hit his arm going for the ball. The guy fell and hit his head? That wasn’t pj fault. Several 3 point shots weren’t fouls in most people eyes. But the refs get paid to do what they do so what do I know? Right? Still an awesome win but I do believe the refs had it in for us which is something to watch in the near future. It’ll happen again. It can’t be that one sided. If they call it on one end they neet to call it on the other end. Go Cats



    • magimae
      6:50 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      I had to take a double take to make sure John Higgins was calling this one. Refs were awful



    • satcheluk
      5:59 am January 20, 2019 Permalink

      Agree with the flagrant, but all the 3 pt fouls were good calls IMO. You can’t touch a 3pt shooter or u r asking for a call.



  29. Voice of Reason
    6:38 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Flopping Tigers



  30. UKBaker24
    6:46 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    I’m still so mad about that flagrant on PJ that I can barely enjoy the win lol that was so bad



  31. henderblue
    6:46 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Good to see Keldon bounce back tonight



  32. kylebsanders7
    6:48 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    How Harpers shot rimmed out at the end, idk, but we played well today. Herro really saved the momentum from rolling us over once Auburn got going. The flagrant was ridiculous. They shouldve called it on the floor, because that’s what busted his head open. Travis, PJ, KJ, Herro, Hagans, and Quickley all played well. Let’s keep getting better and see where this thing goes. GBB



    • BigolBlue
      6:52 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      I actually think Hagans played poorly.



    • catsarerunnin
      7:36 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      BigolBuffoon is crying like a baby. Another Cats win has him in a tailspin.



    • syrin23
      6:57 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      No, he was mush less aggressive in driving to the basket the second half for some reason. They couldn’t keep him out of the paint the first half.



  33. dhard
    6:54 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Pearl has auburn flopping more than duke.



    • henderblue
      7:09 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      True. The old boy pulled out every trick he could think of. Probably had a big A painted on his chest and woulda took his shirt off had they pulled off the upset.



  34. sincitycat
    6:55 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Two straight SEC road wins…the walking call on EJ was another bad call since he was fouled prior.



  35. ClutchCargo
    7:07 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Bad news: that might have shortened my life by a couple years; good news: I have my passion for basketball back now. I’m not proud of some of the language I used during the game, but at times I had some rants that were worthy of the 2014 tournament run, and it was from the bottom of my heart. lol



  36. CKTermy23
    7:17 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    If Austin Willey had played we would have lost this game by 5-8 points.



    • Catsfan1715
      7:28 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      I actually believe we would have won by more. He changes the way they play entirely. I would prefer to play against that style rather than the run and gun. We are strong at guarding the rim, not so much at big men guarding the 3 and pick and rolls…



    • Catsfan1715
      7:34 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Only one way to know for sure. We have them at home a month from now and I doubt the officiating will be half as bad as it was today.



    • catsarerunnin
      7:36 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      CKTermy is a Slater wannabe.



    • spincr4hire
      7:38 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Debbie downer. Wah wah



    • jaws2
      7:38 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah and if a frog had wings. And if the refs didn’t do everything in their power to screw us the game wouldn’t have been close. Whatever.



    • JMFATZ47
      7:44 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Lol. The refs made up for any of these “5-8” points you are babbling about



    • EdC
      7:57 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Just curious have you reported your taxes on all the money you have made with this special knowledge? I mean if I knew the outcome of every game based on who plays it I would be really glad to self report all my taxes because it just wouldn’t matter. I’d be banking huge every single day.



  37. spincr4hire
    7:37 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Where the haters at ?



    • catsarerunnin
      7:53 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Cheering for dUKe.



    • BigolBlue
      7:58 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Who are you again? New people cant just come here and run their gums. I dont recall you being here after Duke, Seton Hall, bama, kstate from last year



    • catsarerunnin
      10:04 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      And old whiners like BigolBuffoon should just stick a sock in their piehole.



    • spincr4hire
      11:50 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Sorry I don’t post useless anti uk posts all the time. Go jump off a bridge



    • spincr4hire
      12:11 am January 20, 2019 Permalink

      I was at your moms house for the losses. Sorry



    • EdC
      8:06 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Yea new people really can come in here an run their gums just like you do.



  38. CayutsBy90
    8:14 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Anyone else surprised that Cal has never won a top 15 game on the road?



    • michaelb
      8:29 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      That can’t be true can it ? Maybe with just Kentucky .



    • EdC
      9:04 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      I’m really surprised since his ’95-96′ team beat #1 and eventual champion UK in Lexington.



    • satcheluk
      6:04 am January 20, 2019 Permalink

      That’s because he schedules all the big names at neutral courts and the SEC has been weak most of the time he has been here. Small sample size. How many top 15 road games has he played? Four or five?



  39. No more excuses cal
    8:56 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    I’ll be the first to point out the facts about this team when they play with their own agenda and not for the program and fans. I’ll also be the first to point out that the team that played tonight is what KY basketball is all about a team that played together with heart it wasn’t all about individuals but about the program and fans so I commend them for their efforts



    • Skooms
      10:17 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Whatever we players first remember???



    • No more excuses cal
      11:18 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Program first tonight



    • CATandMONKEY
      11:47 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      …and you remain a miserable POS – with or without excuses.



    • Skooms
      12:31 pm January 20, 2019 Permalink

      Nope, according you, as long as Cal’s the coach, we’ll never win squat and ALWAYS be players first. Enjoy your crow, hopefully you warmed it up.



  40. spincr4hire
    11:59 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Some of these posters need to kill themselves. If you don’t like uk or you are a miserable f8ck fan please go elsewhere



    • BigolBlue
      10:24 am January 20, 2019 Permalink

      You sound like a winner.



    • 4everUKblue
      11:54 am January 20, 2019 Permalink

      Mention the words miserable f8ck and look who pops in….Bigoldumbass/Slater/combatmedic!