Auburn may be 1-4 in the SEC, but there were signs of progress this past weekend when the Tigers took on the Wildcats of Kentucky Saturday afternoon. Auburn fought hard in Rupp Arena until the depth wore down the Tigers.
Tonight, they'll face the LSU Tigers, who are also sitting at 1-4 in the Conference. They're 9-7 overall, compared to Auburn's 11-6. They, like Auburn, had a pretty good non-conference run, going 9-3. They've lost 5 of their last 6, though. Their conference losses have been to Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, and Alabama. Their lone win, like Auburn, is on the road against Missouri. Their game was a much bigger margin of victory, though, winning 88-77.
LSU has four players averaging double-digits, led by sophomore guard Antonio Blakeney. He's averaging just over 17 points and right at 5 rebounds per game. Overall, the LSU Tigers are averaging 76 points per game.
Auburn will likely once again be without Danjel Purifoy who hasn't practiced or played since injuring his ankle against Ole Miss. In his absence, TJ Dunans has played well, scoring a career-high 23 points at Kentucky. Mustapha Heron and Jared Harper are still the leading scorers - aside from Purifoy.
This game against LSU and then the weekend's game against Alabama will be huge for the rest of Auburn's season. Win them both and the SEC slate is looking like it could turn around. Lose one or both, and we're likely headed for a long conference season for the umpteenth year in a row.
Hopefully, the Tigers will be able to feed off the big home crowd and come out with the victory.
How to Watch, Stream, Listen
Time: 7:30pm Central
TV: SEC Network
Listen: Auburn Sports Network