KSTV Round Table: Kentucky v. Auburn Predictions
02/08/2013 03:03 PM
Last chance for Coach Cal to tweak any lingering issues before the Wildcats head to Florida to take on the Gators. How will Kentucky fare against Auburn? The KSTV Round Table tackles that question.
UK versus Auburn — at home — is an easy prediction in my mind. Regardless of who they play, the Cats just need to keep the heat turned up because they are finally rounding the corner. What was a good team of freshmen till this point is now becoming a good team in general. All Coach Cal wants to do is refine them — getting Harrow more touches, taking better care of the ball, and understanding their strengths. Last time these two teams met at Auburn, Kentucky blew it open in the second half. I want to see Kentucky fly out of the gate on this one… and Nerlens go for 14 blocks. Why not??
Kentucky 85, Auburn 55
Should we label this a vanilla, chocolate, or funfetti cupcake game? Let’s face it, this was a game that UK dominated at Auburn and the same should happen at Rupp… “should” being the important word. A UK fan can never really expect these young guys to do what they should do. This game is an opportunity for the players to be more consistent. I always want to see Kentucky play at an elite pace and not play-down or scale down their intensity to their opponent’s.
Kentucky 82 , Auburn 67
The Wildcats are on a four-game win streak, and I don’t see it ending with Auburn. The Cats won’t lose tomorrow, because, well, Kentucky isn’t ranked number one (yet anyway). Nerlens Noel will have target practice blocking at least 10 shots. Julius Mays and Kyle Wiltjer should shake hands before the game, so Uncle Julius can transfer a little of his hot hand to Wiltjer. Both will then be on fire from behind the arc. Mays banks in 18 points and Wiltjer adds another 21. Cats roll as they get ready for their trip to Florida.
Kentucky 87, Auburn 60
I think with no question that Kentucky will manhandle Auburn. This is a game were Jarrod Polson and Jon Hood will get a lot of clock, and we may see one of them get into double figures! Say what?! Auburn doesn’t have a chance even with guys named Shaquille and Chubb. I think Kentucky starts clicking and gets that 20 point win at home that fans have been waiting for and keeping their winning streak at five!
Kentucky 77, Auburn 57
I realize that most are picking the Cats to “blow-out” Auburn this weekend especially since UK crushed the Tigers on their home floor by 22 points when they met earlier this year. Kentucky has won six out of their last seven games and Auburn had lost six straight until they edged Alabama. Willie Cauley-Stein and Noel should dominate in the paint and the Cats realize that a win might well vault them back into the top 25. With all this said, I just fear that UK plays “down” to their level of competition this year, and they might well be looking ahead to the Gators next week, not to mention the losses suffered by Florida, Kansas and Indiana recently. It’s a crazy year in college basketball. I’m picking the Cats in a relatively close one.
Kentucky 76, Auburn 71