Auburn and the Tigers took their worst loss of the season the last time that they were matched up against Kentucky. That 80-53 loss in Lexington in February has since seemed to serve as motivation for AU. Since being bested by the Wildcats, the Tigers haven’t lost since.
Their 97-80 Sweet 16 win over the Tar Heels on Friday night sent Auburn, the No. 5 seed in the Midwest Region, to their third meeting of the season with Kentucky, with the stakes in this one higher than in the previous two. The winner will advance to the Final Four, which would be a first for Auburn.
Kentucky Wildcats at Auburn Tigers
The Midwest Regional (Elite 8)
Date: Sunday, March 31st | Time: 2:20 pm ET
Location: Rupp Arena — Lexington, Kentucky
TV: CBS Sports Network | Live stream: CBS Sports Network
“We know they’re the real deal,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “We were lucky to win down there. They missed a layup. We played pretty good and they missed some shots they normally make at our place, which led us to a pretty good win.”
Auburn will take the longest winning streak in Division I (11 games) into Sunday’s game. They had one of their worst shooting games of the season the last time out against Kentucky. The Tigers made just 30 percent of their 3-point shots and went 33 percent overall from the floor. Of late they have been sharpshooters. They made 46 percent (17-of-37) from beyond the arc against North Carolina, after making 43 percent (13-of-30) in the previous round’s win over Kansas.
This article was written using a press release and information generated by the two institution’s sports information employees. Media in this article is courtesy of The University of Kentucky and ESPN. For more college sports, follow us on Twitter @MWSNsports or like our page on Facebook.