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Fast break: A quick summary of Kentucky's 68-53 win over Auburn

TALKING POINTS

The final score in no way told the story. Auburn, coming off a 65-35 loss to Vandy, took it to UK inside early. After UK led 9-2, the Tigers went up 13-10 and the lead went back and forth for much of the first half. Auburn's zone defense bothered UK. Auburn led 47-45 with fewer than 11 minutes to play before UK went on a 13-2 run. Three-pointers from Darius Miller and Doron Lamb gave the Cats a cushion and they finished strong.

TELLING NUMBERS

Auburn was leading 45-43 at 12:20. Auburn scored eight points and make two field goals the rest of the way.

■ Kentucky went almost five minutes in the first half without a point.

■ Of the first 24 points in the paint, Auburn had 18.

■ In first half, UK outscored Auburn 15-0 on three-pointers.

THUMBS UP

Marquis Teague still struggles as a freshman point guard but he showed some grit at key times.

■ UK made 15 of 18 foul shots.

THUMBS DOWN

Kentucky's inconsistency on the boards is a concern. UK was outrebounded 21-11 by Auburn in the first half (10 offensive rebounds for Auburn).

■ The UK offense struggled getting inside the Auburn zone.

■ When is the last time a UK player took a charge?

■ Cal preaches his team needs to get all the 50-50 balls. On this night it was more like 90-10 in favor of Auburn for the first 30 minutes.

Kentucky (68)

NAME mi fg-a 3-pt ft-a rb a pf tp

Jones 32 5-11 0-2 2-2 5 0 2 12

Kidd-Gilchrist

30 2-10 0-3 3-4 3 3 3 7

Davis 37 6-9 0-1 2-2 6 2 1 14

Miller 24 3-6 3-5 0-0 4 1 4 9

Teague 35 4-11 2-3 2-2 4 3 4 12

Lamb 35 3-7 2-5 6-8 3 1 1 14

Vargas 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0

Wiltjer 4 0-3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0

Team 4

Totals 200 23-57 7-20 15-18 29 10 16 68

Auburn (53)

NAME mi fg-a 3-pt ft-a rb a pf tp

Gabriel 26 3-6 0-3 0-0 5 2 4 6

Forbes 20 1-1 0-0 0-0 5 0 0 2

Chubb 35 5-10 0-0 4-4 8 1 2 14

Ward 25 2-9 0-2 2-2 1 4 3 6

Denson 33 5-11 0-1 2-4 4 1 4 12

Langford 13 2-5 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 4

Wallace 15 2-4 0-0 0-0 3 2 1 4

Sullivan 28 1-4 1-3 2-2 2 2 3 5

Johnson 5 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 1 0

Team 6

Totals 200 21-51 1-12 10-12 35 12 19 53

Kentucky 32 36—68

Auburn 28 25—53

Field-goal shooting: Kentucky 40.4, Auburn 41.2. Free-throw shooting: Kentucky 83.3, Auburn 83.3. Technicals: None. Turnovers: Kentucky 8 (Kidd-Gilchrist 4, Teague 3, Jones 1, ), Auburn 15 (Chubb 4, Ward 3, Sullivan 3, Langford 2, Gabriel 2, Denson 1). Blocked shots: Kentucky 7 (Davis 4, Kidd-Gilchrist 3), Auburn 4 (Gabriel 3, Chubb 1). Steals: Kentucky 10 (Jones 3, Kidd-Gilchrist 3, Davis 3, Lamb 1), Auburn 2 (Forbes 1, Sullivan 1). Officials: John Cahill, Mike Nance, Mike Roberts. Attendance: 9,121.

Records: Kentucky 16-1, 2-0; Auburn 10-6, 0-2.

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