March Madness 2019: Three takeaways from Auburn’s Elite Eight win over Kentucky

first_imgAuburn’s NCAA Tournament run continues.The fifth-seeded Tigers took home a thrilling 77-71 overtime win against No. 2 Kentucky in the Elite Eight on Sunday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Point guards Immanuel Quickley and Ashton Hagans combined for 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting, as well.Kentucky needed another scorer to compliment Washington, but their role players couldn’t find their rhythms. YOU CAN’T BEAT THAT FIRST TIME FEELING!Welcome to the #FinalFour, @AuburnMBB! #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/7wFvfHUhmH— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 31, 2019Here are three takeaways from Auburn’s win over Kentucky:Auburn keeps rollingAuburn continues to impress.The Tigers dropped to 18-9 when they fell to Kentucky for a second time on Feb. 23 and appeared to be trending in the wrong direction. Since then, however, they captured the SEC postseason title and reeled off 12 victories in a row, including wins over top programs like the Wildcats and North Carolina.Auburn will head to the Final Four as the hottest team remaining in the field.Jared Harper makes the difference for AuburnJared Harper made all the difference for Auburn on Sunday.The junior guard used his speed to his advantage as he attacked the rim and broke down Kentucky’s defense on possession after possession. He tallied 26 points on 7-of-18 shooting to lead his team to the victory. He also added five assists, four rebounds and made all 11 of his free-throw attempts.Jared Harper gives @AuburnMBB the 4 point advantage! 😳#MarchMadness | #Elite8 pic.twitter.com/6TbMbqy8Uz— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 31, 2019Bryce Brown chipped in 24 points for Auburn, which was playing without Chuma Okeke, who suffered a torn ACL in the team’s victory over North Carolina.Chuma Okeke gets the honor of stamping @AuburnMBB’s place in the #FinalFour! 👏#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/x81rfIi4xR— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 31, 2019Not much help for WashingtonWashington was fantastic for Kentucky on Sunday. If only he would have received more help.PJ Washington cuts Auburn’s lead to 3 with 16 secs left to play! 👀#MarchMadness | #Elite8 pic.twitter.com/Rx1RcrO9Jy— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 31, 2019Forward Reid Travis was efficient from the field yet wasn’t aggressive looking for his shot and finished with nine points. Tyler Herro, who hit a clutch 3-pointer in the Sweet 16 victory over Houston, struggled and knocked down just one of his five attempts from behind the arc. Michigan State’s Tom Izzo on Zion Williamson: ‘He’s not Superman, but he’s damn close’center_img Five players scored at least six points for the Tigers in the victory. PJ Washington led the way for Kentucky with 28 points in the losing effort.The Tigers advance to their first Final Four in program history. Related News March Madness 2019: Purdue’s Carsen Edwards’ 28 3-pointers sets tournament recordlast_img

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