Auburn vs. Kentucky: Game Preview, Prediction

By Tim Letcher
Randy Sartin, USA TODAY SPORTS
Randy Sartin, USA TODAY SPORTS

The top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats look to continue their unbeaten start when they host the Auburn Tigers on Saturday at Rupp Arena.

Kentucky is 26-0 overall, including a 13-0 record in the SEC. If the Wildcats win on Saturday and the Arkansas Razorbacks lose, Kentucky would clinch at least a tie for the SEC regular season title.

But John Calipari and his team have bigger fish to fry. Kentucky hopes to become the first team to finish unbeaten since the 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers. The Wildcats are also hoping to become the first team to go 40-0 in a season.

The Wildcats are led in scoring by freshman guard Devin Booker, who averages 11.0 points per game while shooting 45 percent from three-point range. Sophomore guard Aaron Harrison averages 10.8 points per contest.

Auburn, under first-year head coach Bruce Pearl, has had some impressive wins this season, but a late-season slide has taken over. Auburn has now lost three of its last four and seven of its last nine games to fall to 12-14 overall and 4-9 in league play.

The Tigers do have one of the SEC’s better players in senior guard K.T. Harrell. For the season, Harrell is averaging 17.9 points per game. Senior guard Antoine Mason averages 14.9 points per outing, while junior forward Cinmeon Bowers averages 13.1 points and 10.7 rebounds per game.

Pearl’s teams always play hard, but that simply won’t be enough in this game. Kentucky has seemed disinterested at times this season, but with the unbeaten goal now coming into focus, that should be less of a problem for the Big Blue. Look for Kentucky to roll in this game.

Final score prediction: Kentucky 74, Auburn 48

Tim Letcher is a Featured Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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