After grinding out consecutive wins in front of sold out crowds on the road, Kentucky could not escape Auburn Arena with a win, falling to the Tigers 75-66. It only takes a couple of glances at the box score to see why Bruce Pearl’s squad was able to hang on at home.
4 — UK is 0-4 this year when they’ve been out-rebounded, losing the margin tonight 42-28.
6 — Ashton Hagans’ six turnovers tied a season-high the UK point guard previously set against Georgia Tech and Utah Valley. The last time Hagans played Auburn, he committed a career-high seven turnovers.
7 — Nick Richards’ seven points were the fewest since the center posted only two against Ohio State in Las Vegas. Limited to just 12 minutes of action with foul trouble against the Buckeyes, tonight he still played 38 minutes through foul trouble. Richards accumulated just seven points and seven rebounds at Auburn. Give the Tigers credit for taking an SEC Player of the Year candidate out of the game.
7:18 — UK led by five early until the Cats went more than seven minutes without hitting a field goal. Johnny Juzang’s three-pointer ended the drought and helped the Cats retake the lead by one with just under ten minutes remaining in the first half.
11 — More offensive rebounds grabbed by Auburn, taking a 17-6 advantage over the Cats on the offensive glass. The Tigers turned it into 17 second chance points.
-21 — Nate Sestina’s plus/minus was the worst of the two teams, but Maxey and Hagans didn’t do much better, each finishing at -12 on the night. That’s not a winning formula.
23 — Samir Doughty scored a game-high 23 points by making only four shots. He did it by hitting 14-of-15 free throws.
26.1 — If I told you before the game that Auburn only made 26.1% of their threes, you’d probably think Kentucky won the game, right? Wrong. Auburn made four of their six three-pointers in the second half while UK could only knocked down one from long-range when they needed it most — after halftime.
44 — Auburn attempted 44 free throws, 20 more than the Wildcats. It’s the most free throws by a UK opponent since Kansas attempted 47 on Jan. 30, 2016. Ashton Hagans and Immanuel Quickley fouled out, while E.J. Montgomery and Nick Richards finished the game with four fouls apiece.
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