Where to Watch Kentucky at Auburn

The Kentucky Wildcats (11-5, 2-1) travels to Alabama to play the Auburn Tigers on ESPNU at 9pm.

The announcers for tonight’s game are Tom Hart and Matt Doherty.

Kentucky is favored by 8 points.

Here is background on tonight’s matchup:

The Tigers own an 8-8 overall record and a 2-1 mark in league competition. Auburn suffered its first loss in SEC action on Wednesday in a double-overtime loss at Arkansas by an 88-80 score.

Kentucky owns an 86-17 record in the all-time series with Auburn. The Wildcats have won 13-straight in the series and have not lost to the Tigers since 2000.

Auburn head coach Tony Barbee is 0-2 coaching against Kentucky. Barbee is 0-5 coaching against Kentucky’s John Calipari, 0-2 at Auburn and 0-3 at UTEP when Calipari was at Memphis.

Auburn head coach Tony Barbee spent six highly successful seasons as an assistant coach at Memphis under UK head coach John Calipari where he was considered one of the nation’s top recruiters.

The Auburn-Kentucky game features a matchup of three of the SEC’s top scorers. Auburn’s Frankie Sullivan ranks second in the league averaging 17.8 ppg while Kentucky’s Archie Goodwin averages 15.2 ppg and is tied for 10th while Alex Poythress is 14th averaging 13.2 ppg.

Auburn and Kentucky are mirror images statistically in SEC play as both are 2-1, both have an even scoring margin, both average 33.7 rebounds per game while allowing 35.7 rpg for a -2.0 rebound margin.

Former Auburn All-American and NBA All-Star Mike Mitchell will have his No. 30 Auburn jersey retired on Saturday during the Tigers’ game with Kentucky.

Comparing the Teams
Stat UK AU
Points 77.2 69.9
Opp. points 62.2 66.5
Rebounds 38.7 36.6
Opp rebounds 34.4 34.1
Off. Rebounds 11.6 12.1
FG % .485 .435
Opp FG% .386 .415
3-Pt. % .358 .361
Opp. 3-Pt. % .325 .329
FT % .646 .668
Opp. FT % .676 .654
Fouls 15.9 19.3
Assists 15.6 14.1
Turnovers 12.8 14.8
Opp. Turnovers 14.6 15.3
Blocks 7.6 4.2
Steals 7.4 8.1

PROJECTED STARTERS*
Kentucky Wildcats
P # Name Pts. Rebs. Assts
F 3 Nerlens Noel 10.9 9.3 3.9^
• Has multi steals and blocks in 7-straight games
G 10 Archie Goodwin 15.2 4.8 3.6
• Scored in double-figures in all but three games
G 12 Ryan Harrow 10.3 2.5 3.4
• Has dbl-flgure scoring in seven-straight games
F TBD
F 22 Alex Poythress 13.2 6.4 0.6^
• Has six or more rebounds in nine of last 10
Auburn Tigers
P # Name Pts. Rebs. Assts
F 2 Allen Payne 8.4 4.9 1.5
• Has 30 offensive rebounds this season
G 5 Shaquille Johnson 4.9 2.8 1.4
• Started 12 of 16 games this season
G 11 Josh Wallace 3.4 2.5 3.8
• Leads team in assists and steals
G 23 Frankie Sullivan 17.8 4.4 3.3
• Posted a team-high 26 points vs. Arkansas
C 41 Rob Chubb 9.9 7.8 0.9^
• Dbl-dbl of 12 points, 11 rebounds vs. Arkansas

*-Based on previous game’s starters; ^-blocks; ~-steals

About Scott Anderson

I love covering the Kentucky Wildcats and even though I can't cheer on the outside when I go to games now, I am definitely cheering on the inside. You can follow me at @SAndersonNOB on twitter.

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