Kentucky Falls at Auburn

Walker Kessler scored 19 points and K.D. Johnson added 17, helping No. 2 keep its hot streak alive with an 80-71 victory over No. 12 on Saturday.

The Tigers (18-1, 7-0 Southeastern Conference) rallied from a 10-point deficit to win their 15th straight in likely the biggest home game since Arena opened in 2010. It was big enough that the traditional school had students set up tents Friday morning, camping out to make sure they got in.

The Tigers, who have matched the highest ranking in program history, made it worth the wait. chanted No. 1 in the final moments, hoping to supplant Gonzaga.

Kentucky’s No. 2 scorer, TyTy Washington, only played eight minutes and scored four points before being helped off the court with a left ankle injury. He didn’t return.

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