The Kentucky Wildcats almost made the biggest mistake a team can make in college basketball — they started looking ahead early to a game with the top team in their conference. The Wildcats were on a nice three game winning streak and then got to face the weakest team in the SEC, the Auburn Tigers. However, as the Wildcats found out, there are no weak teams in the SEC.
Auburn put up a fantastic fight in their 64-56 loss to the preseason No. 1 team behind the play of one of the best scorers in the country, Chris Densen, who finished with 26 points. Kentucky took control in the second half, but Denson’s constant scoring kept the Tigers in it until late.
The Wildcats caught a break; Auburn should have won this game. One of the top scorers in the SEC, KT Harrell who averages over 19 points a game, went for just 7 points, 2-14 from the field and 0-6 from three point range. If Kentucky had played any other team in the conference, they would have lost. That kind of performance before a huge matchup with the Florida Gators has to worry both John Calipari and Kentucky fans in regards to how much focus this team actually has.
However, this is still Kentucky that we’re talking about. The Wildcats haven’t lost back-to-back games all year; they actually tend to play much better off of losses. There are only two teams that can beat Florida in the SEC, and the Tennessee Volunteers failed twice. Kentucky will have two chances to knock off the No. 3 team in college basketball, and the close game with Auburn may actually motivate them to do so.