Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:00 PM
2012-13 Kentucky Men's Basketball
Auburn at Kentucky
Lexington, Ky. -- Rupp Arena
Feb. 9, 2013
FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 72, Auburn 62
Team Records and Series Notes
With the win, Kentucky improved to 17-7, 8-2 in the Southeastern Conference. Auburn falls to 9-14, 3-7 in SEC action.
UK has won five consecutive games, its longest winning streak of the 2012-13 season.
It marks UK's longest winning streak since the Wildcats won six consecutive NCAA Tournament games in claiming the 2011-12 NCAA Championship.
UK leads the all-time series with Auburn, 88-17, including a 45-2 mark in games played in Lexington.
UK has now won 15 consecutive meetings in the series with Auburn, not suffering a setback since 2000.
Kentucky returns to action on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at No. 2 Florida, with the game set for a 7 p.m. ET tipoff and will be televised live on ESPN.
Kentucky is the all-time NCAA leader with 2,107 wins.
UK's attendance of 24,253 marked the second-largest total of the season.
UK head coach John Calipari improved to 5-0 all-time against Auburn and 48-10 all-time against SEC foes.
Calipari is 564-160 all-time in his career and 119-20 in his UK career.
UK used the starting lineup of Nerlens Noel, Archie Goodwin, Ryan Harrow, Alex Poythress and Julius Mays. UK is 8-1 with this starting lineup.
With a 3-pointer from Harrow early in the first half, Kentucky has now made a 3-pointer in 850 consecutive games, the third-longest streak in the nation.
The Wildcats improved to 16-1 in 2012-13 when leading at the half.
Kentucky held Auburn to 43-percent shooting (22-for-51) from the field, marking the seventh consecutive foe held under 46-percent shooting.
Kentucky improved to 72-2 under Calipari when holding opponents to less than 63 points.
UK won the rebounding battle for the 17th time of 2012-13 and for the third consecutive game, outrebounding Auburn, 35-29.
UK made 26 total free throws, its second-most free-throw attempts made on the year, behind only 31 made free throws against Morehead State.
Freshman Nerlens Noel posted his third consecutive double-double, collecting 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Noel - the NCAA leader in blocked shots - blocked a shot for the 23rd consecutive game to open his collegiate career.
Noel made a career-high eight free throws, going 8-for-13 from the charity stripe.
Noel has scored in double figures 14 times and secured double-digit rebounds nine times.
Noel has six or more rebounds in each game this season.
Junior Ryan Harrow totaled 12 points and a career-high two blocks.
Harrow did not commit a turnover for the sixth time in 2012-13.
Freshman Archie Goodwin had his streak of 17 consecutive games in double figures snapped, charting three points and two rebounds.
Goodwin has now connected on 103 free throw attempts, ranking ninth-best in UK freshman history and behind Sam Bowie (1979-80; 110).
Junior Jarrod Polson drilled his first career 3-pointer in SEC play in the first half, finishing with three points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Polson has now scored in six of the last seven games.
Polson has two or more rebounds in five of the last seven games.
Senior Julius Mays had 10 points, six rebounds and two assists.
After hitting two 3s, Mays now has 17 3-pointers in the last six games.
Mays has made a 3-pointer in 12 consecutive games and he has hit multiple 3-pointers in eight of the last nine games.
Mays has scored in double figures in three consecutive games, nine times in 2012-13 and 36 times in his career.
Sophomore Kyle Wiltjer charted 14 points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Wiltjer scored in double figures for the 13th time of the year and the 18th time in his two-year career.
Wiltjer led UK in scoring for the team-high ninth time in 2012-13.
Freshman Willie Cauley-Stein had 12 points, four rebounds and one assist.
Cauley-Stein has scored in double figures six times in 2012-13 and in two consecutive games.