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LINK: “Auburn Arena turns blue bloods into bedwetters”

“Auburn Arena turns blue bloods into bedwetters.”

That’s how one article, written by Joseph Goodman and published on, 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.”

The article isn’t quite on the “A Louisville man” level, but it’s certainly close. Check out the story in its entirety for free by clicking here.

Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

15 Comments for LINK: “Auburn Arena turns blue bloods into bedwetters”

  1. SuperTroy18
    1:11 pm February 2, 2020 Permalink

    They must’ve forgotten about last season, huh? One team crumbled in that “pressure cooker”, and the Cats walked away with the W. So many “Johnny Come Lately” teams get their one home regular season win against us each decade, and think they’re something special. I don’t doubt they will go right back to being their basement-dwelling selves after Pearl leaves for greener pastures and their fifteen minutes are up.

  2. Big Sexy
    1:13 pm February 2, 2020 Permalink

    That’s so cute. They beat Kentucky at Auburn in a tight game where they shot 20 more free throws(with only one intentional foul), had 11 more offensive rebounds, 9 less fouls, and you’d think they won a championship. With that stat line they should’ve won by 20. The author must be Jeff’s brother.

  3. Newtype
    1:26 pm February 2, 2020 Permalink

    They’ll be a good writer for fox sports someday.

  4. 4everUKBlue
    2:02 pm February 2, 2020 Permalink

    There’s not a team on their schedule that will beat them if they get 20 more free throws than the opponent.

    • desertCard
      3:35 pm February 2, 2020 Permalink

      No fouls = no free throws. simple math

    • desertCard
      3:38 pm February 2, 2020 Permalink

      The photo with this story says it all. There’s 2 fouls on that play alone. Stop whining about fouls.

    • runningunnin.454
      4:32 pm February 2, 2020 Permalink

      I’ll say it again; a close game down the stretch, Auburn with 16 FT’s to UK’s 4 in the last 6 minutes of the game; Auburn at the line in 8 of their last 12 possessions. UK with 2 players fouling out, and 3 players with 4 fouls compared to Auburn’s one player with 4 fouls.
      Name any team in the country that could overcome that.
      BTW, 78-70.
      And uh, 56-10 and 45-13.

    • Bluehender
      10:39 pm February 2, 2020 Permalink

      rg, you wilted the desertcard…he gone.

  5. morristown wildcat
    2:11 pm February 2, 2020 Permalink

    We will soon see how Auburn will wilt when they come to Rupp. The fans had better be loud at Rupp for that game. I just hate SEC road games.

  6. Righteous1
    3:05 pm February 2, 2020 Permalink

    You mean loud at the Rupp Library? Yeah Right! In Cal We Trust, It’s NBA or Bust!

    • sprtphan
      3:13 pm February 2, 2020 Permalink

      Maybe you should show up and change that.

    • WKY Cat
      4:48 pm February 2, 2020 Permalink

      He’s right sprtfan. I went to school there in the 90’s. It was embarrassingly quite then just like now. Hard to get the rich big blue booster fans off their a$$es.

  7. sjperry54
    3:32 pm February 2, 2020 Permalink

    I can’t wait to see their commemorative popcorn bags.

  8. runningunnin.454
    3:57 pm February 2, 2020 Permalink

    Hah, this is hysterical. Auburn’s record against UK in that most venerated arena is 15-32, and their overall record is 20-90, this from Auburn’s own web page. Big Blue History has it 21-94.
    Riddle me this, how many National Basketball Championship banners hang in their arena…I’ll wait while they’re added up.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      5:02 pm February 2, 2020 Permalink

      RG, your point is well taken, but this is Auburn Arena, not the old Beard-Eves Arena that they had played in for 40 years. This one has been open since 2010.