The Tigers have dropped their last seven games and still haven't won a conference game on the road. They're hoping to fix both of those issues tonight when they take on Arkansas in Fayetteville.
The Razorbacks started strong in conference play this year with three straight victories after an opening loss to Texas A&M. Since then they've only picked up two conference wins, although one was a rematch of their earlier loss to the Aggies in a close game at home. They have struggled on the road, but have managed to win all of their home conference games with the exception of a loss to Kentucky back in January. They sit at 12-13 overall, 5-7 in conference play.
Auburn, meanwhile, has been struggling. The Tigers are 9-13 overall, 3-9 in conference play, and have been struggling ever since that home win against Alabama. It doesn't help that Auburn has been without Kareem Canty for the last three games and that Cinmeon Bowers was out for the Oklahoma State game. On top of that, Tyler Harris has been missing some practices with a sore back so that he can be ready to play in games and Danjel Purifoy is officially taking a redshirt season.
The last few games without Canty have not been pretty. Auburn has played well for half of the first halves in those games, and then have managed to close games and make the final score not as ugly in the end once the opposing team goes completely to the reserves. The middle 20 minutes of games have been brutal, however.
For Auburn to have any sort of chance in this game, it has to play out exactly as every other game has needed to. The Tigers have to play solid defense, rebound effectively on both ends of the court, make the easy lay ups, not commit too many turnovers, not get key players in early foul trouble, and get at least one player hot from beyond the arc. Sound like a lot to go right in order to win? Well, it is. That's why this team has lost seven in a row.
To say this is a team held together with string and small twigs may be an understatement. There are just too many players gone for one reason or another for them to be very effective. They're capable of flashes of brilliance, but overall there are just too many things that have to go right in order for Auburn to win. Getting TJ Dunans back would be a big deal, but I'm not sure if Auburn would even play him on the chance the Tigers can swing a medical redshirt for him.
Tune in and watch. If only to ponder what could have been and what will be once everyone is healthy, eligible, and the next recruiting class arrives. I can promise you that next year's team will make us marvel at what a difference 3-4 players can make in terms of current players healthy and the incoming freshmen.
How to Watch, Stream, Listen
When: 7pm Eastern / 6pm Central
TV: SEC Network
Listen: Auburn IMG Network