Standing at a tall, in-conference 13-2 record, Kentucky has virtually dominated in SEC play. However, one of their two hiccups was at Auburn on February 1st. The Wildcats lost the first matchup, but wouldn’t be denied a second time.
Kentucky came out confidently, attacking the rim and making a high percentage of their free throws. While Auburn fought back respectively, Kentucky’s home crowd and their dominance in the paint fueled the fire to finish out the game strong.
The Wildcats held on throughout the second half and executed well at both ends of the court to defeat the Tigers, 73-66, and clinch the SEC regular-season title.
Kentucky’s final two regular season games will be at home on Tuesday against Tennessee and then on the road Saturday at Florida.
The race for SEC Player of the Year is unofficially decided. Immanuel Quickley’s play throughout his team’s conference slate has been unmatched by any player in the SEC. His ability to consistently make clutch shots, unbelievable efficiency at the free throw line and calm, cool attitude is truly something Big Blue Nation didn’t expect to see this season.
Time and time again, Quickley has risen in the moment and carried this Wildcats team to the best SEC record this season. On Saturday, the story was no different. Quickley scored a game-high 18 points and was a not-so-surprising 11/11 at the free-throw line. It looks like the Wildcats will go as far as Quickley takes them, which appears to be pretty promising with the sophomore guard playing at this level.