How to watch Kentucky Wildcats (17-8, 6-6 in SEC) at Auburn Tigers (22-3, 10-2 in SEC)
Start time: 9 P.M. ET
Location: Auburn Arena at Auburn, Alabama
Online Stream: WatchESPN
Radio: Tom Leach and Mike Pratt will have the UK radio network call on 630 AM and 98.1 FM in Lexington or online at UKAthletics.com.
Odds: UK opened as an 8.5-point underdog. The line has since grown to 10 points in favor of the Tigers. KenPom projects the Cats to be a 8.5-point underdog.
Score projections: KenPom gives UK a 22-percent chance of winning and projects an 84-76 win for the Tigers. According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, UK has a 21.8-percent chance to win.
My prediction: Auburn 84, UK 77
The Kentucky Wildcats will look to get their season back on track when they face the Auburn Tigers in a Wednesday night matchup.
Saturday night’s loss at Texas A&M marked the first time in John Calipari’s tenure with Kentucky that his team has lost three straight games.
All three have been sub-par offensive outings, and even before the losing streak began, the Wildcats were forced to pull off unlikely comeback wins late in games.
It’s no secret this team is challenged on the offensive end in multiple ways. However, Wednesday night the Wildcats will need to lean on their defense to have any chance of a road victory.
The Tigers are ranked 10th in the country, coming off an impressive win over Georgia and have lost just one game at home all season. The Tigers’ strong suit is their offense, where they rank 8th in the country in points scored per game. Their Achilles heel, though, is on defense. They rank 179th in points allowed, which is a good sign for the Wildcats.
Kentucky has been an absolute mess on offense for most of the season. They’re currently averaging more turnovers than assists and have serious trouble spacing the floor.
However, against a below-average defense, the Cats should be able to score points at Auburn. The task at hand is whether or not they can communicate well enough on defense to stop one of the best offenses in the country. They’ll absolutely need someone other than Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to step up and stop an opposing player from scoring at will.
Kentucky certainly has the athleticism to do so. And they have the size inside to protect the rim. It’s putting it all together and execution an actual game plan as a team that seems to be a problem.
Regardless, Kentucky is running out of time to experiment. It’s time to win now.
How do you see Wednesday’s game playing out?