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Kentucky survives Auburn: 5 things to know and postgame banter

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Cats win!!!

Auburn v Kentucky Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The Kentucky Wildcats held on to beat the Auburn Tigers Saturday afternoon by a score of 82-80.

Kentucky struggled to score early, but they came alive in the second half, though it took a three-ball by Davion Mintz with 30 seconds left to lift his team to a much-needed feel-good win.

Next up, the Cats will travel to Nashville to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores on Tuesday night.

Brooks’ aggressiveness sets him apart

Keion Brooks is the only player in the program that has been here before this year and it shows. Brooks has learned that being aggressive leads to positive results.

For the last several games, including today, KBJ isn’t afraid to post up and attack the basket at will. He takes some bad shots, but I’ll take a Brooks drive over a Sarr post up all day.

A third year and of KBJ could be the equivalent of a second year PJ Washington.

Boston’s tenacious defense led to foul trouble, but a good game overall

BJ Boston came out with a tenacity on defense like we haven’t seen before. He had three early steals, which led to some early offense for the Cats that was hard to come by.

Of course, his aggressiveness led to foul trouble and sitting on the bench for a large part of the first half. However, Boston exploded for double-digit second-half points for another big performance.

Boston isn’t perfect, but he’s getting better each game.

A perfect summary

A Sea of Blue’s own Tres Terrell gave a perfect summary of both this season and the game. I’ll leave it at that.

Jackson’s still a freak

Isaiah Jackson is confirmed still a freak. Goodness. The freshman forward blocks shots at an elite rate and while he isn’t the best offensive player, he does what needs to be done.

Jackson finished with a double-double including a blocked shot and some great defense. The freshman is the next in a long line of one-and-done lottery picks.

DAVION MINTZ

Clutch. Enough said.

The Cats finally picked up a win. Let’s celebrate!