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.
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.
Marquis Teague still struggles as a freshman point guard but he showed some grit at key times.
■ UK made 15 of 18 foul shots.
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.