AUBURN, Ala. — Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament résumé took its latest hit at Auburn on Wednesday night in a 76-66 loss to the Tigers. Auburn fans chanted “NIT!” as Kentucky dropped its fourth consecutive game in the twisted SEC universe of 2018.
As leaf blowers were out in full force to clean up Auburn Arena, Curtis Burch and Joe Mussatto recorded the latest episode of Wildcat Country — SEC Country’s daily Kentucky podcast.
Among the topics discussed:
- No, Kentucky didn’t play great, but it wasn’t the Wildcats’ worst game by any means. Here’s the thing: Auburn is a better basketball team than Kentucky. The 10th-ranked Tigers got off to a 1-for-16 start from the field and didn’t play especially well, but it was good enough.
- Kevin Knox was dominant in the first half, but he didn’t handle the ball much late in the second half. Part of it is his style of play, but what can Kentucky do to keep Knox involved throughout? He was 7 of 13 from the field and led all scorers with 19 points.
- All of the Tony Barbee talk didn’t amount to anything. He was on the sidelines after not making the trip in 2016, but Auburn fans didn’t give him a noticeably hard time.
- How serious is the NIT talk? Kentucky has five games left, and it could be a wild ride to the finish. Up next is a matchup against Alabama on Saturday at Rupp Arena.
- John Calipari still thinks his team could make a Final Four run.
- Curtis complains about the Wifi at Auburn Arena and we all hope Kyle Tucker is enjoying himself on the beaches of Mexico.
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