BROWN | All Bruce Pearl wants to mention is Kentucky's 33-3 record against Auburn since 1990. But the Tigers have the chance to beat the Wildcats for the third consecutive time at home on Saturday for the second time in the program's history. .
No. 14 Auburn and No. 12 Kentucky are also the first two SEC clbadified teams to play each other in the nine-year history of Auburn Arena.
"It's going to be a great environment, sure, I know it's going to be a sold-out crowd," said young Jared Harper. "We're going to have a lot of energy from the fans, a lot of energy from our team." This is a great game for us to return home. We have a good one at Texas A & M, so I think we're starting to get into the flow of things from playing our best basketball. So it's going to be a great game. "
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The Tigers, 13-3 overall and 2-1 in the SEC, have won 10 consecutive games when Auburn Arena sells. The Wildcats enter the match 13-3 and 3-1 at the conference.
"What an incredible opportunity for our basketball team, to be able to match them," Pearl said. "The guards are all pros, I think Ashton (Hagans) and Tyler (Herro) and Keldon (Johnson). Big size Big bodies, mature bodies, for young children, for freshmen, they do not play like freshmen (PJ) It's likely that Washington went last year and decided to come back – it would probably have been a second-round pick – it will make its way into the first round at some point.
"Sometimes Kentucky teams come in and they're ultra talented, they're just ultra talented, they play hard that night and they play well that night, they have no chance, this team has talent, but this team has played hard every night. they play hard. "
The confrontation in the shipowner between Harper and Hagans will be key. Harper leads the SEC with an average of 6.7 badists per game, while Hagans, another in a long list of talented freshmen in the UK, is second in the SEC with 36 steals. Hagans visited Auburn several times during the recruitment process and has known Harper for some years.
The two will face each other on the court for the first time on Saturday. The tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. CT on ESPN.
"I do not think I'm focusing on the confrontation between him and me, I'm focusing more on the confrontation, the Auburn team against Kentucky," Harper said. "We're going to play twice this year, and we're going to start with them at home this year, so this will be a great game for us and we'll keep playing well."