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.