Last year's Auburn basketball season didn't have a whole lot of high points. It did, however, have an amazing 75-70 upset victory over the Wildcats. Now, the Tigers travel to Lexington to face a Kentucky squad that is surely looking for revenge.
Or, well, they would be if many of them actually played significant minutes in that one. Sure, there're one or two, but of their five biggest contributors, three are freshmen.
Calipari is doing what he always does in bringing in freshmen and winning big with them. This year's stars are Malik Monk and De'Aaron Fox. They're averaging 21.7 and 16.7 points per game respectively. Sophomore Isaiah Briscoe is right behind them 15.8 points per game and the other freshman Edrice Adebayo scoring 13.1 per game.
In other words, this Kentucky team can score a ton of points. A ton. They've failed to score 90 points only four times. And in two of those, they scored 87. So, yeah, that's going to be very difficult for Auburn to overcome.
It's going to be even more difficult since the Tigers are on the road for the second straight game without Danjel Purifoy. Purifoy is still dealing with the ankle sprain suffered late in the first half against Ole Miss. His presence was greatly missed in the Tigers' game against Missouri earlier this week and his absence was a large reason for the close nature of that game.
With Purifoy out, the Tigers will need a great performance from TJ Dunans in this one and there is absolutely no way Auburn can afford all of the big men getting in foul trouble early. Mustapha Heron and Jared Harper will do what they do, but they're going to need a lot of scoring help. The likely starting lineup for the Tigers will see Anfernee McLemore replacing Purifoy again, and hopefully, he's able to build upon the great moments he's had in his limited opportunities, so far.
It's going to be an extremely tough one, but this team is more talented than last year's team. Granted, they're on the road, but hey, miracles can happen. The Wildcats are favored by 24, so that tells you how rough Vegas thinks it will be.
Who cares about the spread, though, just go shock the world, Auburn. War Eagle!
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