UK Men's Basketball

UK 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.

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