12th-Ranked Kentucky Wins Road Thriller At 14th-Ranked Auburn

Tanya Simon
January 21, 2019

In the first half, Auburn shot 5-for-16 (31%) from three and trailed by eight after a late Kentucky run. The Wildcats have led by 10 points or more in a whopping 85.5 percent of Calipari's 289 wins at Kentucky.

The Tigers fought their way back to lead the game with less than a minute to play, but Kentucky found a way to get the win.

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"This is one to build on because you're on the road and you had to make plays", United Kingdom head coach John Calipari said.

With UK up by two, 82-80, Auburn's last-second heave was wide left and the Cats hung on for the win.

Keldon Johnson bounced back from the first scoreless game of his career to pump in 20 points Saturday in perhaps Kentucky's most impressive win of the season.

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Auburn said center Austin Wiley "is expected to miss a couple of weeks" with a lower leg injury. Brown, who had 25 of his 28 points in the second half, made 6 of 7 threes as part of an 8-for-9 day from the field.

Auburn's Jared Harper missed a driving shot into the lane at the:03.3 mark, and the ball was rebounded by Immanuel Quickley of UK. He had six points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Johnson got off to a slow start but used a pep talk from point guard Ashton Hagans early in the first half to get back on track. After that, the Tigers made 8 of 14 3-pointers.

Auburn played a gritty second half. His absence gave the Wildcats an even bigger size advantage. Calipari says that his team is so young, they still don't know what their limits are and how far they can go. "They're more physical at every position, and the way they could beat us is the way they beat us".

Spencer headed to the locker room with the left side of his face bleeding after what was called a flagrant technical foul against Washington with 1:53 left. Had Auburn made one more big shot, the tone across Big Blue Nation could be totally different tonight.

Kentucky next plays at home against Mississippi State on Tuesday. Auburn, meanwhile, has tricky road games at SC and Mississippi State up next, with both the Tigers and Bulldogs sitting out this year's annual challenge.

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