Don’t look now, but Kentucky’s next opponent looks way more dangerous than we initially thought.
Auburn beat Georgia 95-77 last night to get its first SEC win of the season, and it came in large part thanks to Sharife Cooper, the five-star guard who was ruled eligible 90 minutes before the Tigers’ game vs. Alabama on Saturday. Cooper had a double-double last night, finishing with 28 points, five rebounds, 12 assists, and two steals. Twenty of Cooper’s points came in the second half, and in the final nine minutes, he scored or assisted on 20 of Auburn’s 24 points.
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Auburn’s 95 points are the most the Tigers have scored in regulation in an SEC game since January 2018, and came on 56.5% shooting. Against Alabama on Saturday, Cooper had 25 points and nine assists. By the way, the Tigers put up 90 in the loss to the Crimson Tide, who walloped Kentucky 85-65 Tuesday night.
Kentucky initially recruited Cooper, BJ Boston’s former AAU teammate, but the two sides parted ways in the summer of 2019. You know he — and Bruce Pearl — would love nothing more than a win over the Cats on Saturday. Hope Devin Askew’s ready.