Kentucky vs. Auburn: Live Stream, Watch Online, TV Channel, Prediction, Picks, Basketball Game Odds, Spread

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Saturday’s college basketball action is headlined by the two current favorites to win the SEC as No. 2 Auburn hosts No. 12 Kentucky on CBS in a showdown between two of the hottest teams in the country. The Tigers (17-1, 6-0 SEC) have won 14 straight and just missed the No. 1 ranking for the first time in program history this week. But the Wildcats (15-3, 5-1 SEC) are also on the rise.

The UK have won eight of their last nine games and can even shoot to the top of the conference standings with the Tigers if they win. A year ago, Kentucky and Auburn were battling losing seasons that saw both programs finish in the bottom half of the SEC standings just one season after finishing first and second. Key to their simultaneous resurgence has been excellent transfer play and the emergence of freshman stars.

The Tigers are led by five-star freshman forward Jabari Smith, and their next three leading scorers are each seamless second-year transfers. Kentucky’s leading scorer and rebounder, Oscar Tshiebwe, is a transfer, as are their leading 3-point shooter, Kellan Grady, and primary point guard, Sahvir Wheeler. The UK’s No. 2 3-point shooter and secondary point guard is five-star rookie TyTy Washington, the CBS Sports/USBWA Rookie of the Week.

Auburn veteran coaches Bruce Pearl and John Calipari appear to have nailed the roster formula this season by finding the right mix of transfers, freshmen and returning contributors to thrive in college basketball. With Auburn not scheduled to make a return trip to Kentucky this season, Saturday’s showdown between the two could end up being the only chance we have to see two of college basketball’s most exciting teams come together. confront.

How to watch Kentucky vs. Auburn live

Dated: Saturday January 22 | Time: 1 p.m. ET
Site: Auburn Arena — Auburn, Alabama
TV: SCS | Direct: CBSSports.com, CBS Sports app

Kentucky vs. Auburn Prediction, Picks

Featured game | Auburn Tigers vs. Kentucky Wildcats

Auburn Arena is expected to be completely lopsided for this game as the Tigers seek a win that would grab the attention of AP voters who narrowly kept them from reaching No. 1 last week. Kentucky’s offense has had some impressive outings lately, but Auburn’s guards should be troublesome enough to disrupt the Wildcats’ flow. Inside, Walker Kessler’s length should prevent Oscar Tshiebwe from dominating. In the end, home-court advantage will be the difference in a narrow victory for Auburn. Prediction: Auburn 76, Kentucky 71

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