SEC SEMIFINAL: Kentucky 91, Auburn 67
NASHVILLE – Top-ranked Kentucky reached high gear quickly and poured it on against an Auburn squad that lost two players in less than 24 hours.
Considering the Wildcats' effectiveness Saturday in a 91-67 victory that put them in the Southeastern Conference final, chances are a full-strength Tigers squad wouldn't have done much to change it.
Willie Cauley-Stein scored 18 points and Andrew Harrison added 15 to help Kentucky improve to 33-0 and break the school-record winning streak of 32 games set from Dec. 5, 1953, to Jan. 8, 1955. The Wildcats will play for the SEC title Sunday against Arkansas, seeking their 28th tournament title. Arkansas, the No. 2 seed, beat Georgia 60-49.
The Wildcats' effort against the Tigers was certainly a good tuneup.
"It was a good game, a hard-fought game and we played well," said Kentucky coach John Calipari, whose team shot 56 percent and outrebounded Auburn (15-20) 39-25.
Auburn forward Jordon Granger was suspended for fighting in Friday's quarterfinal win over LSU, and the school announced just before the tipoff that forward Cinmeon Bowers had been suspended for a potential rules violation.