Auburn will be looking to rebound from its rough home loss to Mississippi State on Saturday night as they take on Alabama in the men's hard-court version of the Iron Bowl. Let's hope it doesn't have any activities that resemble what occurred Thursday night in the women's game.
Auburn has not faired well in Tuscaloosa, historically. The Tigers hold an 8-46 record in Alabama's home city.
Alabama is looking to snap a three game losing streak that began with a road loss to South Carolina. They were then thoroughly dismantled by Kentucky before losing an overtime game Thursday night at Arkansas.
Even with those three losses in a row, the Tide's record is still 12-6 on the season, 2-3 in the SEC. Statistically they are better in all categories but rebounding according to ESPN's statistics measured on their site. They lead Points/Game 117th to 171st, Assists/game 254th to 282nd, and FG% 93rd to 281st. Auburn only leads Alabama in rebounding 239th to 257th.
Things do not bode well for the Tigers with those numbers and it being a road game in a very heated rivalry. However, Bruce Pearl is excited about getting his first taste of the Auburn/Alabama rivalry in basketball. He is no stranger to facing the Tide as a coach in a rivalry game due to his time at Tennessee. According to the official site's game notes, Bruce Pearl is 5-3 against Alabama and 2-1 in Coleman Coliseum.
This will be a very big game for Alabama's head coach as he looks to get started off on the right foot against Bruce Pearl's Auburn Tigers. I said when Pearl was hired that it was the best thing that happened to both Auburn AND Alabama basketball. If Auburn starts having big success on the court, then you know the big money folks at Alabama will go out and do whatever it takes to get Alabama to the same levels of success.
How to Watch, Stream, Listen:
When: 8:30 EST / 7:30 CDT
Watch: SEC Network
Stream: WatchESPN / ESPN3
Listen: Auburn IMG Network