Alabama (39-17) plays top-seeded Florida in a double-elimination game Wednesday in Hoover after defeating Kentucky Monday.
Jaylin Williams scored 13 points and Johni Broome 12 for Auburn, which shot just 34% and was outrebounded 41-23.
Kentucky’s Kellan Grady made seven 3-pointers for a season-high 25 points, Oscar Tshiebwe added 21 points with 14 rebounds and No. 4 Kentucky rallied twice to top No. 25 Alabama 90-81.
Alabama shot 10% from 3-point range, the worst of in coach Nate Oats’ tenure, as the Crimson Tide fell to No. 5 Kentucky 66-55.
The Tigers rallied from a 10-point deficit to win their 15th straight in likely the biggest game since Auburn Arena opened in 2010.