Tonight Auburn welcomes SEC rival Georgia to the Plains in the second meeting between these two teams this season. Georgia - like Alabama - is one of Auburn's permanent two-game opponents in basketball. The first meeting was a 65-55 loss in the Tigers' first game without Kareem Canty. You can read Bobby Barkley's preview and my game recap for a refresher.
Auburn will once again face UGA down a key player. Tyler Harris is out for tonight's game due to a concussion sustained during the Ole Miss game. T.J. Dunans is back on the court for Auburn, but this season has been filled with one step forward, two steps back events.
Georgia currently sits at 14-11 (7-7) in the records department. They have four players that score the majority of their points, with Yante Maten and J.J. Frazier being the primary of those with 16 ppg and 15.4 ppg respectively.
Auburn, meanwhile, will be without its top two scorers. Canty is gone from the team and Harris is out with injury. That leaves the Tigers with the top scorers playing in this one averaging 11.9 ppg (Dunans in 11 games), 11 ppg (Bowers), and 10.4 ppg (Brown).
What will it take for Auburn to pull out the victory, tonight? Dunans shaking a bit more of the rust off and being the dynamic all-around player that he is. Bowers needs to be able to play at the top level of his game. Bryce Brown can't wait until midway through the second half to get his first points as he did in the last UGA game. Brown, in particular, is who the Tigers desperately need to have a hot night for his own confidence and to get Auburn Arena rocking. On top of that, the team has to play good defense and limit Georgia in the rebounding department.
It will be tough, but I do see this as a winnable game. Dunans and Brown can combine to give the Tigers the offensive threats they need to score points. Big games from some other players on the roster will be needed, too, though.
We're heading into the home stretch. After this, there is just one more game in Auburn Arena for the 2015-16 basketball season, and that will be against Top 25 Texas A&M. Get there tonight and pull the Tigers through!
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Time: 7pm Eastern / 6pm Central
TV: SEC Network
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Auburn IMG Network