“Auburn Arena turns blue bloods into bedwetters.”
That’s how one article, written by Joseph Goodman and published on Al.com, describes the scene on the Plains Saturday night.
Auburn hasn’t lost a home game since last February, and the atmosphere Kentucky saw Saturday night is a big reason why. In the article, Auburn’s arena is referred to as a “showcase of sound and a Picasso of pure fun” and “the cathedral of college basketball crazy.” Later, it’s “a slump buster,” “a pressure cooker” and “steroids for the soul.” The arena was crazy Saturday night, of course – Kentucky is everyone’s Super Bowl after all, and the Auburn fans certainly packed their 9,121-seat venue to the brim for the chance to watch the upset.
The article goes player-to-player down Kentucky’s roster, and none of them fared too well.
At one point, Goodman critiques Nate Sestina’s role in the game, pointing out his plus-minus rating of a minus-21 and his game stats compared to his season averages.
“He had one rebound and no points in his final game at Auburn. Big Blue? More like Big Who?”
The article is also hard on Ashton Hagans, and it calls out Calipari for “[driving] the bus over his point guard” with his post-game comments. It also includes this quote that is truly… something.
“Hagans is an excellent player, and he’s going to be a good pro. He wilted like a stand of daylilies in the pressure cooker that is Auburn Arena.”