Auburn Tigers vs. Kentucky Wildcats – CBB March Madness Elite Eight Preview
Sunday 3/31 2:20 PM (ET),
Sprint Center (Kansas City, MO)
Auburn shocked the basketball world on Friday night, and they will look to keep the fairy-tale run going against the second seeded Kentucky Wildcats.
Auburn, a five-point underdog, demolished the top seeded Tar heels on Friday, on their way to a 17-point route of UNC, and collecting possibly the greatest victory in school history. The Tigers must put their emotional victory to the side, and be even keel come tipoff on Sunday, a difficult thing in the sports world.
Auburn is undefeated since February 23rd, going 11-0 SU and 8-3 ATS during that span. The loss on February 23rd you ask? A 27-point shellacking at the hands of the Kentucky Wildcats. That Kentucky victory was actually the second for the Wildcats over the Tigers this season. In both contests UK shot 54 percent from the field, while Auburn managed a meagre 39% shooting average over the two games.
PJ Washington has been a thriving force for Kentucky throughout the season, scoring 33 points in his last game vs. Auburn. Washington’s heroics were on full display during the Sweet 16, as the sophomore forward chipped in with 16 points and a game changing block, all on a hobbled left foot.
Washington is morphing into a Tigers killer. Auburn has not had an answer to him all season. On top of Washington’s stellar play is the fact that history is on Kentucky’s side. KU has been to the Elite Eight 12 times since 1996, and advanced to the next round seven of those times. Contrastingly, this is Auburn’s first Elite Eight in school history. Kentucky’s been here, and they know how to handle the moment, while Auburn will be reeling with emotions after their huge Sweet 16 victory.
Score prediction: Kentucky wins 74-71
If the tourney has shown us anything, it’s that nearly no victory comes easy. Auburn is 7-2 ATS in their last nine contests, while also going 10-1 SU in natural site games this season. Their last head to head matchup may have been a blowout, but in the game prior to that Kentucky won by just two points.
The score total has gone OVER in four of the Tigers’ past five games. Kentucky may have hit the UNDER in five of their last six contests, but they have found scoring success against Auburn. The Wildcats scored at least 80 points in each of the head-to-head matchups with Auburn this season.
Head to Head
Kentucky has beaten Auburn twice this season, with the most recent contest being a 80-53 blowout dating back to February. Kentucky is 21-2 SU vs. Auburn in their last 24 games.
- Auburn is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games.
- Auburn is 11-0 in their last 11 games.
- Auburn is 2-21 SU in their last 24 games vs. Kentucky.
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Auburn’s last 5 games.
- Kentucky is 20-3 SU in their last 23 games.
- Kentucky is 2-3-1 ATS in their last six games vs. Auburn.
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kentucky’s last 6 games.