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The Numbers Behind Kentucky’s Loss at Auburn

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.

Click here to see a complete box score from Kentucky’s loss at Auburn.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

8 Comments for The Numbers Behind Kentucky’s Loss at Auburn

  1. mashburnfan1
    9:37 pm February 1, 2020 Permalink

    Whiners again. But early in the year when we were shooting 3540 free throws versus these other teams that was good officiating. Auburn was the more aggressive hungrier team and that is why they shot the free throws and won the game

    • 4everUKBlue
      10:05 pm February 1, 2020 Permalink

      Sure it is coach. You really believe we committed 20 more fouls than they did? Yes they played more aggressive and we didn’t deserve to win,but they were able to when they weren’t getting any fouls called on them. We played horrible, not saying we didn’t but as bad as we played we still had a chance to win except every time one of our players moved a whistle blew but not for Auburn. That’s the facts and not whining.

    • RealCatsFan
      11:11 pm February 1, 2020 Permalink

      Gee, I guess we should hire Barbecue Bruce, since he is such a superior coach. He is definitely a better cheater than Cal.

  2. mashburnfan1
    9:37 pm February 1, 2020 Permalink


  3. CALfacts
    9:49 pm February 1, 2020 Permalink

    I’m sorry but this team is by far the worst fighting, rebounding team Cal has ever had. I love my Cats but they are at best only one of the best 32 teams period! What does that mean come tournament time? ONE AND DONE!!

  4. Righteous1
    9:56 pm February 1, 2020 Permalink

    There is a simple formula to beat a Calipari coached team. Drive the lane and either get a layup, a foul or pass out to an open 3 point shooter! Bruce Pearl knows that Cal does not teach taking charges. Watch all of the team’s that have played UK this year since Bruce Pearl unveiled the master game plan with this knowledge!

    In Call We Trust, It’s NBA or Bust!

    • 4everUKBlue
      10:06 pm February 1, 2020 Permalink

      You and mashbum should be happy and celebrating, you both got your wish.

    • CrystalBall
      11:53 am February 2, 2020 Permalink

      You realize, 4everBlue, that they are NOT Ky fans. They post negative and moronic comments and sit giggling to themselves, like
      out of control teen age girls, eagerly anticipating confrontational replies. If you ignore them they will fade into a depressing
      state, and morph into a small world of silence and nothingness.