Kentucky travels to Auburn to face the Tigers – all you need to know

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With a two-game deficit in the SEC standings, Kentucky will likely have to win at least one of its matchups with Florida – if not both – for a chance to win the league title.

But before their first showdown with the Gators, the 14th-ranked Wildcats will have to avoid looking past their visit to Auburn on Wednesday night.

Kentucky (18-5, 8-2 SEC) is trying to chase down No. 3 Florida, with meetings Saturday and on March 8 in the Wildcats’ regular-season finale. Wednesday’s matchup with the Tigers – whom Kentucky will be trying to defeat for the 16th straight time – won’t draw nearly as much fanfare. However, coach John Calipari will likely be guarding against a letdown, particularly considering his team’s generally uninspiring performance in a 69-59 victory at Mississippi State on Saturday.

Julius Randle had 16 points in Kentucky’s third straight win since a five-point loss at LSU on Jan. 28. The Wildcats closed the first half on a 19-6 run and held their opponent below 39.0 percent shooting for the fourth time in six games, but Kentucky failed to put away the game in the second half.

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