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The staff isn’t cracking, but the search for the combination to click continues.
Photo by Quinn Foster I UK Athletics

The Kentucky Wildcats arrived at Auburn with literally a myriad of scenarios as to how the outcome of the game would play out. Mired in a three-game losing streak and still in search of the necessary fight and consistency needed to win in a much improved SEC it was anybody’s guess as to exactly which Kentucky team would show up.

They could have gotten blown out, they could have pulled off an upset on the road like they did at West Virginia. They could play better, fight and still come up short. None of these results would have been surprising.

The latter of the three scenarios is the one that occurred as Kentucky fell 76-66 for their fourth consecutive defeat.

Every game provides opportunities for teams to make their move. Sometimes it happens in crunch time, sometimes it occurs early.

Auburn butters their bread by knocking down shots from the perimeter. In the game’s early stages, they couldn’t hit the Plains from their campus.

You can’t get much more frigid than that.

Kentucky’s turnover issues (and free throw struggles) hindered their efforts to pull away and allowed Auburn to hang around and get their bearings. They found the range, pulled ahead and took a 39-33 lead to the locker room.

Poor starts to the second have been and Achilles heel for Kentucky at times this season. That wasn’t the case tonight as they hung around and used a 24-14 run to take a 57-53 lead at the 7:52 mark. Auburn’s Bryce Brown went on a personal 5-0 run to wrestle UK’s lead away.

The staring contest won’t get any easier this weekend as the tour of Alabama continues with the Crimson Tide coming into Rupp Arena Saturday for a 2 p.m. tip-off. They fought but they still have to find a way to fight longer and harder in order to finish.

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