He made the first of two free throws with 3 seconds left and Samir Doughty's long 3-point heave missed at the buzzer.
"We're lucky to get out of here alive", Calipari said. "This is the fourth-straight SEC game where we've had a deficit when it came to getting to the foul line".
Kentucky (24-for-33) made more free throws than Auburn (15-for-20) attempted. In order for Auburn to come away with a home victory, here are three aspects of the game that are key to a Tigers' victory.
Kentucky is now up to 4-1 in conference play. Bryce Brown paced Auburn with 28 points, 25 of them coming in the second half.
Kentucky opened the second half with the same starting five: Hagans, Herro, Johnson, Washington and Travis. But just staying aggressive. "Down the stretch, they're going to make some plays and hit some shots, but we just had to stay to together and work as a team, lock in defensively and get stops".
It was a gutsy win for the young Wildcats, who led by as many as 17 in the second half before Brown spearheaded a Tigers rally.
Kentucky took full advantage of Auburn big man Austin Wiley missing the game with a lower-leg injury.
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Cabe mencionar que Pako Ayestarán no salió a la conferencia de prensa en el Estadio Azteca . No obstante en la última jornada del torneo regular dejó ir la oportunidad.
"Kentucky is bigger at every position. They're more physical at every position", Pearl said.
Kentucky took command of a close game with a 9-0 run at the end of the first half to take a 35-27 lead at the break.
Reid Travis added 17 points and PJ Washington chipped in with 13 points for the victorious Wildcats. Harper had 17 points and six assists.
Danjel Purifoy played in his first SEC game of the season, scoring three points in eight minutes.
United Kingdom held Auburn to just 3 for its first 15 shots from the field, including just 1 of 9 from 3-point land before Malik Dunbar hit back-to-back 3-pointers to cut UK's lead to 16-15. With Duke banged up and potentially without star frosh Tre Jones, Virginia has a chance to steal one in a tough road environment like Cameron Indoor Stadium - something Syracuse did on Monday, and something Virginia did a year ago in double-digit fashion. Kentucky had nine on nine offensive boards. "I feel like when I shot it, I put it in the right place on the backboard and it just didn't go in". "It's as simple as that".
"This is one to build on because you're on the road and you had to make plays", United Kingdom head coach John Calipari said.