Saturday, March 14, 2015
Cats Destroy Auburn 91-67
Cats improve to 33-0 with their win over Auburn in the SEC semifinals. The game was hard to watch at times because of the amount of fouls that was called, but that all started because of some extra contact between Ulis and Reed of Auburn. That in turn led to a couple of high elbow calls against Marcus Lee soon after. The refs let it be known early that they were not going to have a repeat of the fight that happened last night between Auburn and LSU which in-turn led to one Auburn's starters being suspend for today's game.
If you are looking for something to complain about in this game, it's not going to be easy to find anything worthy of a complaint. This was (in my mind at least) one of the best games Kentucky has played all season long both offensively and defensively. They shot the ball well and had excellent shot selection on just about every attempt. They defended well except for when fouls started to rack up on the post players which led to some easy drives from Auburn's guards.
When you can finish a game with 5 guys in double figures, you know you got something special, especially when you consider how many guys Kentucky plays.
You have to talk about the play of Willie Cauley-Stein. This kid is amazing on both ends of the floor to say the least. He does things that a 7-footer should not be able to accomplish on the basketball floor. He guards all five positions effectively, has some of the best foot work I have ever seen a big man possess and his ability to finish around the rim on offenses is beyond impressive. He affects the game in so many ways that don't even show up on a stat sheet that they are too many to list. Throughout the entire game today, Willie made his presence known on both offenses and defense finishing the game with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. He was the Kentucky's leading scorer.
You also have to talk about the play of Andrew Harrison who is play the best ball of his Kentucky career at the right time. He is driving the lane with ease and making great decisions once he gets there. He finds the open man in the right spot and when a pass isn't an option, he finish around the rim just as good as any guard in the country. Today was no different as Andrew really controlled this game from beginning to end. He finished today with 15 points and 4 assists.
Everyone who saw the floor today played really well to say the least.
Kentucky moves on to face the winner of Georgia and South Carolina for the SEC Tournament Championship tomorrow at 1pm.