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Wednesday Quickies: Looking Ahead to Auburn Edition

With the Cats taking care of business last night, the focus turns to Saturday’s huge matchup with Auburn

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at Auburn John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky took care of business last night, going on the road to defeat Texas A&M 69-60, and now all eyes turn to Saturday as the Wildcats prepare to host the Auburn Tigers on Saturday.

This is, of course, a rematch from Feb. 1, in which Kentucky lost a weird free throw fest at Auburn where Kentucky held the Tigers to 35.3 percent shooting from the field but the Tigers shot 33-44 on free throws to come away with a 75-66 win. Kentucky shot only 24 free throws in that matchup.

The other major factor in that game was the rebounding differential, where Kentucky was -14 in the rebounding margin and gave up 17 offensive rebounds.

Now, the Cats are playing with more momentum as winners of their last seven. A win on Saturday would add another quality victory to Kentucky’s tournament resume, which we have seen is very important as Kentucky’s tournament standing continues to be hampered by early-season losses to Evansville and Utah.

A win also would put Kentucky on the verge of clinching the SEC regular season championship as Auburn sits at second place, but LSU is only half a game behind Auburn.

We were able to see in the first matchup that Kentucky is more than capable of defeating Auburn, and with this game at Rupp Arena and an unlikely possibility that Auburn will shoot 44 free throws again, Kentucky has a chance to pull off a big win on Saturday.

Saturday afternoon at 3:45 can’t get here soon enough.

Tweet of the Day

Is Lunardi somehow going to drop Kentucky to a 6 seed?

Quickies

Immanuel Quickley posts career night in College Station - Herald Leader

Quickley had his best performance as a Wildcat.

Maxey applauds UK’s bigs for being unselfish - KSR

Last night wasn’t a big statistical game for Richards.

Lunardi talks Kentucky seeding - Cats Pause

The metrics hate Kentucky, but the eye test says otherwise.

Quickley’s draft stock could skyrocket next season - Herald Leader

A junior IQ with that recruiting class? Yes, please!

NFL teams reportedly don’t want to keep pass interference review rules - Yahoo

The first year of the new rule wasn’t the best.

Giants GM says team is open for business with fourth pick - ESPN

Let the NFL Draft fun begin!

ESPN could offer Romo $10M+ if he leaves CBS - SI

I can’t understand paying that much for a broadcaster..