Wax the Wildcats! (Auburn vs. Kentucky, Elite Eight Open Thread)
Tigers face a monumental challenge against the toughest team in college basketball today
(Orlin Wagner/Associated Press)
War Eagle, everybody! For just the second time in Auburn history, Auburn will play a 4th game in the NCAA basketball tournament. Auburn will face the Kentucky Wildcats for the 3rd time this season in Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The winner goes on to the Final Four.
Kentucky is a very long and physical team, and Auburn has already faced them twice in SEC play. It went down to the wire in Auburn. Later in Lexington in February, Auburn took a beating. That loss in February is the last time Auburn lost a basketball game. Auburn will face Kentucky without its most versatile player, Chuma Okeke, who injured a knee in the late going against North Carolina.
This game tips off at 1:20 PM, Central Daylight Time in Kansas City. It will be televised on CBS. If you have to stream it, your best bet is March Madness Live. I will be here, running an open thread. This will not be a strict play-by-play as there is no way I can type as fast as Auburn runs its offense! I will more be exclaiming on big plays, relating the score, and doing color commentary. War Eagle, and let’s beat Big Blue!
Had to watch an hour delayed. So, I wasn’t here for the play by play. This is surreal.
Wow, great game. Thanks Acid for the play by play.
…..Tigers will play Texas Tech, next, in Minneapolis, MN.
WRONG. Auburn plays UVA.
…..Auburn has won 30 basketball games in a season, for the first time EVER!
….Auburn’s guards won this game. Out of 77 points, Harper and Brown combined for 50. Harper held Kentucky off at the free throw line, in overtime.
…..Auburn beats Kentucky in overtime, and Auburn is going… to the FINAL FOUR!
…..Auburn WINNNNNS, 77-71!
…..Washington misses, rebound Harper, will run away, and this one is OVER!!!!!!
….Harper’s second is GOOD!
…..Harper is good! 76-71.
…..Harper will go to the line, limping badly.
….McLemore with the block. Nine seconds left.
……Blocked! And Harper is decked hard, no call.
…..Second shot, is good!
…..Doughty at the line. Missed. Ouch.
……In to Doughty, fouled with less than a second off the clock.
…..Auburn CANNOT turn it over, and has to make free throws.
….No, that’s Kentucky’s final timeout. Auburn has one left.
…..74-71 Auburn, and we have a TV timeout.
…..Washington hits for three, with 16 seconds left.
…..Second is good! Auburn leads, 74-68!
…..Harper to the line. HIts the first!
…..Harper has it, goes to the basket, bumped out of bounds with 24 seconds left!
….32 seconds left, Auburn leads 72-68 over Kentucky, in overtime.
…..Harper gets it inbound, and Harper has to call time, trapped on the sideline.
…..Auburn has two timeouts left. Can’t turn it over. They will likey foul pretty quickly.
…..Doughty misses. Time running, And they get a layup with 33 seconds left. 72-68.
…..I can’t believe it! Auburn is up six, and will go to the line!
….Hagans misses, Doughty fouled! 48 seconds left, and Doughty will go to the line!
…..Second, good!, 72-66!
…..We have 55 seconds left, and Harper has a one and one.
…..Full court press, hammered, no call, hammered again, And Harper will go to the line.
…..Hagans at the line, good. 70-66.
…..Hagans lays it in with 1:01 left, and Wiley called for an over the back foul.
…..Harper drives, floats it up! GOOOOODDD!
…..Back to the line, Washington misses, DOughty with the rebound!
…..Give credit to Samir Doughty for pointing that out to the refs. Auburn looks a little winded.
…..We have 1:37 left, and they stop play for Washington bleeding on the court.
…..Wiley comes in. Washington’s first is good.
…..McLemore picks up his 4th foul. 68-62 lead for the Tigers.
……Washington on the offensive rebound, fouled.
….Stolen by McLemore, lays it in!!!
…..Tipped to McLemore on the pick and roll, and it rolls in!
…..And Hagans banks one in.
….Running the clock. Harper misses a three.
…..Wildcats inbound. Herro misses, Doughty rebounds!
…..Auburn 64-60, with 3:38 left in OT!
…..Just a common foul. Harper lays it in off the inbound, Auburn leads by 4, and UK wants time!
…..Stolen by Brown, hooked by the arm, isn’t that a flagrant? They did all a foul.
…..Contact on that layup, no call.
…..Harper with the layup, good!!!!
…..Washington at the line. First is no good, rebound Purifoy, hammered, no call.
….They are in the bonus, and will shoot a one and one.
…..Spencer called for his 5th.
…..Harper was pushed down, air ball, no call.
…..We’ll tip it off, with 5 minutes in the OT period.
…..Tough situation for the Tigers. In a whole lot of foul trouble. Kentucky is not. They are allowed to hammer Auburn with impunity.
…..Spencer for three, no. Clock expires. Overtime coming. Tied, 60-all!
…..Spencer with two blocks, Auburn the other way!
…..Harper drives, and scores! Tie game!
…..Spencer in with 4 fouls.
…..Correction, 51 seconds left.
…..Timeout Auburn, 58 second left in the game.
…..Offensive rebounds, Washinton gets the third to go. Kentucky leads, 60-58.
…..Purifoy air ball.
…..Kentucky will call time, based on how Auburn lined up for the inbounds.
….This is a throw it in and shoot situation. And gotta get back on defense, regardless.
…..We have 1:25 left in this ballgame, all tied up at 58.
….A near turnover, and Auburn manages to call timeout with 3 seconds left on the shot clock.
…..Travis misses, rebound McLemore!
…..Herro drives, stripped by Harper, back to UK.
…..Harper misses a three.
…..A sideline warning on Calapari, the UK coach.
…..Washington layup, tie game.
…..Press. Two shots, both missed, UK back the other way.
…..24 points for Bryce Brown, he leads all scorers in this one. Having success taking his man off the dribble, and hitting the jumper.
…..Jump ball, under the Auburn basket. McLemore outnumbered, but kept them from getting a second chance basket! Possession arrow to Auburn, leading 58-56. 3:28 left in the game.
…..Wildcats on offense. Shotclock under ten.Missed, and Harper turns it over.
…..And Auburn turned it over, leading 58-56.
…..Johnson shoots over Harper, good.
…..Jumper by Brown at the line, GOOOOD!
…..14 to shoot. McLEmore fouled, no call. Kentucky runs the other way, and puts it in.
…..And Travis whistled for a reach-in foul. Auburn will inbound.
…..And UK misses a wide-open three, rebound Purifoy!
…..Purifoy fires, no, Wiley’s tip is way too hard, back to UK.
….Washington rattles in a jump-hook. 56-52 Auburn.
…..Turnaround jumper Wiley, GOOD!
…..Full court press. Missed in the lane, rebound Auburn.
….Looks like they have the fouls sorted out. Dunbar and Spencer have 4 each. McLemore and Purifoy have 3 each. Austin Wiley has 2.
….We have 8:02 left in the ballgame. Auburn leads Kentucky, 54-50.
…..Harper drives, can’t get it to go, out of bounds to Kentucky.
….Auburn will inbound, leading 54-50.
…..Shot clock under ten. Harper missed the runner, but Doughty fouled undernearth!
…..Turnover. Auburn runs the other way, and nearly turned over.
….Purifoy a three! Bounced it in!
….Travis will brick the free through. Auburn leads, 51-50.
….Bank shot good by Travis, and the foul on McLemore.
…..Brown another jumper, good!
….Travis scores at the buzzer. 49-48 Auburn.
…..Brown with the jumper in the paint, good!
…..Kentucky misses three shots, then Purifoy misses, Auburn rebound.
….Seven to shoot. Doughty misses the bank shot, and back to Kentucky.
…..Blocked and mugged, and no call.
…..Missed the one and one, Auburn has it!
…..Twelve minutes even, left in this Elite Eight slugfest.
…..We have a TV timeout, with Auburn leading, 47-46. In bad foul trouble in the frontcourt.
…..And a called foul, for basically nothing. Dunbar.
…..Harper brings it up the court. Brown will fire from three, GOOOOD!
…..Washington nails the second. 46-44.
…..Officials can’t decide who fouled. Confusion.
….Washington misses from the line.
…..Purifoy called for a foul underneath, his 4th.
….Wiley turns it over under the basket.
…..And an alley oop jam after Harper lost the ball, and Kentucky leads again.
…..We have 13:54 left, Auburn leads, 44-43.
…..Horace Spencer called for his 4th foul.
…..Harper for three, missed badly.
….Floater Johnson, good.
…..Second is good! 44-41 Tigers!
…..Harper will shoot two. First is rattled in.
…..Stole the ball, but missed the layup. Blocked shot, and Harper is fouled on the other end! Lightning play up and down the court!
…..Spencer misses a three on the other end.
…..Horace Spencer called for a foul away from the ball.
….We have 15:56 left in this ball game, and Auburn has clawed their way to a 3 point lead, after trailing by 5 at the half.
…..And McCormick trips Travis with 5 left to shoot. TV Timeout. Auburn leads, 42-39!
….Scrum under the Auburn basket, Kentucky will inbound.
…..Blocked. McCormick on the other end, tapped it in!
…..Partially blocked airball. Brown called for a foul in transition, his first.
….Herro banks one in, cuts the Auburn lead to one.
…..And Purifoy called for his third foul.
…..That was a kicked ball, but Kentucky will never be called for that.
Stolen away, then Bryce Brown travels.
…..Quickly down for Kentucky, and an injury timeout.
….Bryce Brown at the line. Hits the first, second, and misses the third, but an offensive rebound, and Brown buries the three! 40-37 Tigers!
…..Brown for another three, no…, but fouled by Herro. That’s Herro’s third!
….And Kentucky travels!
Stolen away, down the floor, to Brown, a THREE!
…..Harper at the line. Good, and good!
…..Harper drives, fouled, and takes a jarring hit.
….Hagans misses the three, and tapped back in.
…..Kentucky will inbound. 2nd half is underway.
….Also of concern is that Auburn is only 3 of 11 from three-point range.
…..The most worrying thing is that Auburn’s big men are in a bit of foul trouble. Horace Spencer had 3 first half fouls, and he’s Auburn’s best inside defender. Wiley has 2, as does Dunbar.
…..It is shocking that Auburn is still in this game. They’ve been outshot, turned over, and outrebounded. One has to give them credit, though. They have hung tough through adversity. If the Tigers had not started the game 1 for 8 from the floor, they might be ahead.
…..It is halftime. Auburn trails Kentucky, 35-30.
….And Hagans buries a three on the other end.
….Auburn runs, misses, and McLemore with the rebound jam! 32-30.
….McLemore stood completely still, took a charge and they called him for a foul. Kentucky hit one of two.
….Shot clock goes off, but Auburn called for a foul.
….Missed three. Running, Harper, LAYUP!
…..Missed the free throw. Kentucky goes the other way.
…..And an over the back called on Travis! Auburn will shoot the one and one, trailing 31-26. McLemore to shoot.
….McLemore banks one in!
…..They change it, Doughty. Washington misses the free throw. Second… good.
…..Purifoy called for his second foul, in the lane.
…..Harper at the line, up and bounced it in. 30-24, Kentucky.
…..Harper with a three, and fouled hard!
…..Washington with the three on the other end.
…..Harper with a layup!
…..Not a single fast-break point, for Auburn, thus far.
…..Blocked by Spencer, and Quickly called for a foul on the other end, as Harper drove. It’s 27-18, with 3:52 left in the half.
…..A one and one. Travis misses, and Kentucky shoves and gets the rebound, no call.
…..No, on Dunbar. His third. He’ll have to go out.
….McLemore called for a foul, away from the ball, his first.
…..Second is bounced out, and Auburn chased the rebound, out to Kentucky.
…..Hits the first.
….Dunbar fouled on the other end in the lane, will shoot two.
…..Bounced around, and in on the free throw. 27-17, Wildcats.
….And Kentucky runs, Washington lays it in and fouled, by Purifoy.
….WIley wide open at the line, misses.
…..A palming/traveling call? Kentucky turns it over!
….And then Auburn gives up a backdoor dunk.
…..Wiley hits the second. 22-17, Kentucky.
…..Rimmed around, and out. Ehhh…
…..Missed three by Kentucky, and Wiley is fouled on the other end! Will shoot two.
…..Brown will NAIL a three!
…..Auburn had a couple of shots, Brown could not hit either. And a charge on the other end, as Herro runs over Harper.
…..Another miss by Kentucky. We’ll got to a TV timeout, 22-13 Kentucky leads.
…..Purifoy with the air-ball.
….Two missed threes, then they shove McLemore down, no fouls called. Auburn goes the other way.
….Brown drives, and a finger roll good! 22-13, Wildcats.
….Washington works inside for a layup.
…..Purifoy steps inside the arc, and misses. Kentucky gets it back, leading 20-11, with 9:55 left in the half.
….Harper will miss on the other end.
….Free throws for Kelvin Johnson, will hit the first, and misses the second, KY gets the rebound, and the Wildcats travel!
…..And another Auburn turnover, and Spencer called on the other end, on a charge. Wow.
….Both free throws are good.
….That’s a Kentucky foul, there. Spencer didn’t do anything!
…..Dumped inside, and Spencer called for a foul underneath.
….Wiley called for a reachover foul, his second.
…..Second will go in, it’s 17-11 Kentucky.
….Brown will shoot 2. First is good!
…..Brown drives, tries a runner, no good, but fouled.
….Herro misses, Auburn runs.
…..Auburn will inbound. Doughty will lay it in!
…..Offensive rebound Spencer, and the Wildcats foul him in the lane.
…..Herro for three, off another Auburn miss. 17-7 Kentucky.
….And they bury a three.
…..Purifoy deflects a pass out of bounds with 16 to shoot.
……Missed three, Auburn running.Wiley banks one in from the lane!
…..Auburn will fire inside to Wiley, and thrown away over the time line, on the kickout. 11-5, Kentucky’s way, and they have the ball.
…..Washington with an easy layup on the other end.
….Brown pulls up, then turns it over.
…..Clock winding down. And KY gets a shot-clock violation!
,,,,,Purifoy with the block, but out on Auburn.
…..Dunbar sits, with two fouls. Auburn going 3-guard. Missed three, and Wiley gets the jam!
…..Auburn is 1 for 8 from the floor, and it’s not because Kentucky is great. Auburn is getting good looks, and just missing on the shots. Kentucky is running and gunning, and Auburn has little answer on the defensive end. Tigers have one steal, but otherwise Kentucky is putting the ball in the hole at close range.
……And a pair of turnovers. 9-3 Kentucky. Wiley fouls, and Kentucky will go to the line with 15:45 left in the first half, and the first TV Timeout is upon us.
….Kick to PUrifoy, NAILS the THREE!
…..Second is good, and Kentucky leads 7-0.
…..Johnson at the line, hits the front end of a one and one.
…..McLemore misses a three.
…..Stripped, running, blocked Harper, and Kentucky runs the other way, and Herro lays it in. 5-0, Wildcats.
….Harper misses a three.
…..Rattled in, and kentucky leads, 3-0.
…..And Dunbar fouls Travis on the other end. Will shoot two.
….Brown misses his second three.
…..Alley-oop pass, can’t connect. Kentucky misses a layup on the other end. Still scoreless.
….Spencer whacks it out of bounds. 5 to shoot. Forced, no good, Auburn has it.
….Brown misses a three.
…..Tip coming. Here we go. Auburn controls.
…..And we are live! Auburn is set to tip off in just the second Elite Eight in Auburn history!
About Acid Reign:.....Still making noise after all these years! Lifetime slacker, dreamer, and miscreant with a knack for calculation. I was born in the United State of Texas, but have spent the majority of my years here amongst the shaded hills of the Tragic City, enjoying glorious smog-enhanced sunsets. In a troubled county, I live in a little slice of paradise between the ridges of Red and Shades Mountains. I've been an obsessive Auburn football follower since the Punt-Bama-Punt days, and have seen a lot of great football on the Plains. This lazy shirker finally learned the value of hard work and persistence from the fine folks in Auburn, and enjoys his return visits immensely! Hobbies include guitar-playing (or really just making loud and weird noise on any sort of instrument or object), cooking, computers, tennis, and old-school pen and paper RPGs. I love getting together with a good drink, great family, and friends..... (Acid Reign is Track ’Em Tigers’ Senior Editor). View Profile →
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