The Cats continue to roll in the SEC despite two consecutive sloppy performances (the previous being last Saturday's game against Mississippi State). This time Kentucky outlasted Auburn despite some cold shooting from the floor.
UK shot only 31% from the field, but it was enough to best a lowly Auburn squad that is now 11-11 overall and 3-8 in the SEC.
Kentucky now moves to 9-2 in conference heading into this upcoming Saturday's showdown with nationally ranked No. 3 Florida, which is still undefeated in the SEC.
Right now, Kentucky is winning without one true standout, but instead getting great performances from different contributors on different nights. Sorely lacking is consistency from the backcourt, especially the Harrison twins.
If the Cats are going to have any chance of pulling off a huge resume-bolstering win in Rupp arena this weekend, they will need to get a total package from the entire roster.
Andrew Harrison needs to stay out of foul trouble and be a steadying influence, especially when faced with Florida's fullcourt pressure. His brother needs to take better shots.
Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress also need to turn their intensity up a notch and get after it like this is an NCAA tourney game.
Kentucky will need to cut out turnovers and mental mistakes and draw on what should be a raucous environment. Momentum plays a big role in motivating or demotivating young players.
UK can match Florida's athletes. Can it match Florida's intensiy and focus?go back