What went wrong for Kentucky vs. Auburn? A whole, whole lot, but Tyler Herro said that in the second half, the Tigers simply wanted it more.
“They just wanted it more down the stretch. They played a little bit harder as far as getting offensive rebounds and stuff like that. They played a great game, credit to them.”
“Auburn just beat us,” PJ Washington agreed. “They played harder than us. I feel like they wanted it more.”
At the press conference, John Calipari said Auburn outplayed the Cats and Bruce Pearl outcoached him.
“Congratulations to Auburn. Did what they had to do to win the game. They played aggressive and tough, they bumped, and it was a grinding kind of game. Two of their guys had 50 points. Think about that. They deserved to win the game. We got outplayed, got outcoached, and still had a chance to win the game. I thought we were going to win the game the whole way until the one or two plays in overtime. Never entered my mind we weren’t going to win the game. Proud of these guys. Proud of my team. We didn’t play particularly well, but give them credit for making us play poorly.”
Kudos to the Tigers. If I can stand to watch the games, I’ll be rooting for them the rest of the way.