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About the opponent
Location: Auburn, Ala.
School colors: Burnt Orange and Navy Blue
Coach: Tony Barbee
2011-12 record: 10-5 overall, 0-1 SEC
2010-11 record: 11-20 overall, 4-12 SEC (Fifth place in Western Division)
All-time vs. UK: 17-85
Last meeting: Kentucky won 78-54 on Jan. 11, 2011, in Rupp Arena.
Outlook: John Calipari protege Tony Barbee got off to a rough start last season at Auburn, losing to Campbell, Presbyterian, Samford, and UNC Asheville. The Tigers remain a program in transition after the team's leading scorer and rebounder, guard Earnest Ross, transferred to Missouri. Barbee upgraded the Tigers' talent level, but Auburn might still be fighting to stay out of the SEC cellar. The Tigers opened league play on the short end of a 65-35 rout against Vanderbilt in Nashville on Saturday, Auburn's fourth loss in six games after an 8-1 start.
Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville
About the opponent
School colors: Orange and White
Coach: Cuonzo Martin
2011-12 record: 8-7 overall, 1-0 SEC
2010-11 record: 19-15 overall, 8-8 SEC (Fifth place in Eastern Division). Lost to Michigan 75-45 in NCAA Tournament round of 64.
All time vs. UK: 66-146
Last meeting: Kentucky won 64-58 on March 6, 2011, in Knoxville, Tenn.
Outlook: Martin inherited a roster depleted by the early departures of Scotty Hopson and Tobias Harris and missing four of its top five scorers from last season. After a sluggish start in which Bruce Pearl's successor lost six of his first nine games, the Volunteers have begun to pick up steam. Tennessee's 67-56 upset over No. 13 Florida in the teams' SEC opener Saturday was the Volunteers' fifth victory in their last six games. Sophomore guard Trae Golden (14.8 ppg), junior forward Jeronne Maymon (11.1) and sophomore guard Jordan McRae (10.9) score in double figures for Tennessee.
Herald-Leader Staff Report