Kentucky looks to get revenge after Auburn knocked them out of last year’s NCAA Tournament. Kentucky had it in the first half, but Auburn’s 33 free throws to Kentucky’s 20 is what got Kentucky in the second half, along with the fouls.
Tyrese Maxey gets Kentucky on the board first with a 3, Auburn with a layup and it’s 3-2. Kentucky with an easy start Hagans with a 3 point play and Quickley with a 3, but Auburn catches up and ties it up. Tigers take the lead after free throws and then a 3 on a 9-0 run, 14-10. Johnny Juzang with a 3 for the Cats, to take the lead back after a long scoring drought. Kentucky goes on a 9-0 run with free throws from Quickley and a layup from Keion Brooks, 19-14. Immanuel Quickley with a much needed 3, but Tigers still keep it close, Kentucky has an answer. Auburn hits a 3, Kentucky fires one right back to take a one point lead into the half, 35-34.
Auburn starts the second half with a 3, Quickley hits one as well. Auburn takes the lead, but Kentucky takes it right back with a dunk from Nick Richards. Two free throws from Auburn puts at a one point game, they take the lead. Kentucky takes it right back, but Auburn is back on top. Auburn extends their lead on a bucket and free throw, 48-44. Kentucky gets back into the game with 2 free throws from Quickley, 48-46. Wildcats tie it up, but Auburn takes the lead back, and then Kentucky takes the lead after a bucket. Wildcats extend their lead, but Auburn cuts the lead to three. Tigers tie it up at 54-54 and then take the lead; Kentucky goes back in front, then back to the Tigers after free throws. Auburn with a corner 3 and the lead back, 62-60. Auburn upsets Kentucky 75-66 after an impressive run late in the second half.
Kentucky looks to bounce back Tuesday as they host Mississippi State at Rupp Arena at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.