Recapping Kentucky's 91-67 victory over Auburn on Saturday in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament at Nashville:
This was set up to be a mismatch and it was. Auburn, which lost to UK 110-75 earlier this year and won only four conference games during the regular season, had won three straight SEC Tournament games in three days. It figured to be tired against unbeaten Kentucky. Already one of the nation's shortest teams, Auburn was without suspended starters Cinmeon Bowers (6-foot-7) and Jordon Granger (6-8), leaving it with no starter taller than 6-5. The Cats jumped out 24-8 and the action was chippy, with 15 fouls called in just more than eight minutes. Auburn had no answers for UK. The Tigers made seven baskets in a first half in which 26 fouls were called and 32 foul shots attempted. UK led 47-29 at the half. Auburn showed fight — getting within 13 points at one point in the second half — but fight was nowhere near enough. Four minutes after that, the lead was 27. 33-0!
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■ Bruce Pearl and Auburn had quite a tourney run.
■ Tyler Ulis is a joy to watch.
■ Karl-Anthony Towns has made 44 of his last 48 free throws. That is Kyle Macy-like.
■ Willie Cauley-Stein showed some outstanding touch making seven of nine shots.
■ No one was hurt.
■ For a major conference tournament semifinal, this was not much to watch.