Kentucky vs. Auburn Breakdown

KSR breaks down the Auburn Tigers, the Wildcats opponent Saturday afternoon.

Kentucky at Auburn

When: Saturday, January 16th, 4 p.m. Eastern
Where: Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum, Auburn, AL.

Auburn Schedule (Last Ten Games)
12/4 - vs Troy - L 81-77
12/7 - vs Virginia - W 68-67
12/17 - at Florida State -L 76-72
12/20 - vs Sam Houston State - L 107-89
12/22 - vs Alabama State - W 94-78
12/29 - vs Charleston Southern - W 77-62
1/2- vs Georgia Southern - W 77-62
1/5 - vs West Georgia - W 96-72
1/9 - vs South Carolina - L 80-71
1/14 - at Tennessee - L 81-55
1/16 - vs Kentucky - SEC Network 1/9 4 P.M. Eastern

Record: 9-8

Auburn Statistical Leaders
DeWayne Reed - 15.9 points per game
Lucas Hargrove - 7.2 rebounds per game
DeWayne Reed - 4.5 assists per game
Tay Waller - 39.7 percent three-point percentage
Brendon Knox - .8 blocks per game
Frank Sullivan - 2.0 steals per game

Auburn Team Statistics
Points Per Game: 77.8
Points Allowed Per Game: 72.5
Field Goal Percentage: 45.9
Three Point Percentage: 31.9
Free Threw Percentage: 64.3
Assists Per Game: 14.1
Turnovers Per Game: 15.2

Auburn Breakdown

Auburn is a backcourt heavy team with their four leading scorers being guards and wing players. DeWayne Reed leads the way with close to 16 points per game. Frank Sullivan, Tay Waller and Lucas Hargrove all average over 12 points per game. Both Sullivan and Waller are nearly 40 percent three point shooters, which can be a problem for Kentucky, as they tend to struggle guarding the three in stretches. Auburn also isn't a great rebounding team due to their undersized lineups, however they do have quick, athletic players who will all go to the glass. While the Tigers make eight threes per game, they also give up nearly the same amount at a higher percentage. The Tiger defense is based on forcing turnovers in the half-court and making the opponent pay in transition and on the secondary break.

Even with Auburn's athletic guards, Kentucky will still have the backcourt advantage with Wall and Bledsoe, and the Wildcats will also have a size advantage across the front court. Kentucky will need to control the glass and defend the three point shot well or Auburn could keep it close or ultimately win the game.

Kentucky will have to use their inside advantage to get Auburn in foul trouble. The Tigers only go eight deep and only two of those players are 6-foot-8 or taller. Expect Kentucky to dominate the inside and work extra hard to protect the ball from turnovers.

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