Kentucky vs. Auburn: Full Game Preview

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Kentucky vs. Auburn: Full Game Preview
Kentucky
(11-5, 1-3 away)
Auburn
(8-8, 7-5 home)
Venue: Auburn Arena
9:00PM ET / 6:00PM PT, January 19, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Kentucky A Goodwin 15.2 N Noel 9.3 A Goodwin 3.6
Auburn F Sullivan 17.8 R Chubb 7.8 J Wallace 3.8

Auburn welcomes Kentucky to Auburn Arena on Saturday. It takes place at 9:00 EST and you can see it on ESPN U. The Tigers are 0-4 against the Wildcats over the last four years. They fell 68-53 on 1/11/2012, the last time they met.

Both teams share 3rd place in the conference.

In spite of 26 points and 9 rebounds from Frankie Sullivan, the Tigers came up short 88-80 against Arkansas on January 16th. He leads the team in scoring average, scoring 17.8 points per contest. In a 75-65 victory over Tennessee on January 15th, Nerlens Noel put up 12 points and 9 rebounds for the Wildcats. He leads the team in rebounds with 9.3 per game, blocks with 3.9 per game, and steals with 2.8 per game.

Kentucky has a statistical edge over Auburn in one specific area, scoring, where the Wildcats have the upper hand over the Tigers, 77 points per game to 69 points per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Kentucky is strong in effective field goal percentage at 53.8. This is good enough for 2nd in the conference and 26th in the nation.

Kentucky StatSmack

  • Rob Chubb is ranked 6th in the SEC in rebounds.
  • Auburn players are more experienced than Kentucky players (11,093 minutes played vs 6,387 minutes played).
  • Auburn is a better free-throw-shooting team (69.9% vs 63.3%) than Kentucky this season.
  • Frankie Sullivan is ranked 3rd in the SEC in points, 8th in the SEC in three-pointers, and 7th in the SEC in assists.
  • Noel Johnson is ranked 10th in the SEC in three-pointers.
  • The Auburn scoring leader (Frankie Sullivan) has more points than the Kentucky scoring leader (Archie Goodwin).
  • Asauhn Dixon-Tatum is ranked 9th in the SEC in blocks.
  • Auburn isn't as congested as Lexington (population is significantly lower).
UK Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Nerlens Noel 31 11 9 2 3 4 2
B+ Archie Goodwin 32 15 5 4 1 1 3
B Alex Poythress 26 13 6 1 0 1 3
B- W. Cauley-Stein 21 8 6 1 1 2 1
B- Kyle Wiltjer 23 11 4 2 0 1 1
B- Ryan Harrow 27 10 3 3 1 0 1
C+ Julius Mays 31 9 3 3 1 0 1
D+ Jarrod Polson 11 2 1 1 0 0 0
D+ Brian Long 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Jon Hood 5 2 1 0 1 0 0
D Twany Beckham 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Tod Lanter 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Sam Malone 2 0 1 0 0 0 1
AU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B F. Sullivan 34 18 4 3 1 0 3
C+ Chris Denson 27 15 4 2 1 0 2
C Rob Chubb 26 10 8 1 1 1 2
C Allen Payne 28 8 5 2 1 0 2
D+ Josh Wallace 25 3 3 4 2 0 1
D+ S. Johnson 18 5 3 1 1 0 1
D+ Noel Johnson 21 7 3 1 0 0 1
D+ A. Dixon-Tatum 15 5 4 0 0 1 1
D+ Jordan Price 16 7 1 1 1 0 1
D Brian Greene Jr 13 3 1 1 1 0 1
D Nick Pellar 2 2 1 0 0 0 0
D Shareif Adamu 12 3 2 1 1 1 2
D- Dylan Spencer 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D- C.J. Holmes 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
F Jordon Granger 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
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