The SEC schedule so far has been disappointing at best for Auburn. After starting 0-3 in conference though, Auburn finds itself at 2-1 in the last three games and the lone loss was to Kentucky. There has been improvement as the schedule has continued, and the Tigers have even managed to win those 2 SEC games without the services of freshman star Danjel Purifoy.
The good news for Auburn is that the Tigers may have Purifoy back on the court for this afternoon's game. A number of Tigers have picked up the slack in the last two games, and adding Purifoy back in the mix could make this team even more potent.
Auburn is 12-6, overall. Alabama is 11-6. They're also 4-1 in conference play compared to Auburn's 2-4. The Tide have played well in SEC play. They knocked off a tough Mississippi State squad in their first game and defeated Vanderbilt - who beat Auburn - at home. Their lone loss is to nationally ranked Florida.
Alabama has done an excellent job of spreading the points around. They're averaging 69 per game* while only having one player - freshman Braxton Key - averaging more than 10 points per game. Auburn will have to play disciplined defense against everyone on the court and not give away too many easy shots to keep Alabama from getting hot and going on runs.
Auburn's stats stand as they have all season long. The three primary freshmen are leading the team with double-digits per game. T.J. Dunans is creeping up on double-digits. Austin Wiley has slowly increased his points per game, as well. He's still raw (he's yet to play even 10 games), but he's getting better with every appearance. He's just got to stay out of foul trouble.
If Auburn gets Purifoy back and plays to the level they've played the last two games - with a bit of improvement in key defensive areas - then I definitely think the home atmosphere will carry the day for the Tigers. They can't afford to get undisciplined and let the Tide get momentum and big runs, though. This is not a bad Alabama team by any stretch.
A win and Auburn is looking and feeling much better before the showdown with South Carolina - who just took down Florida this week and then heading to Texas to play TCU as part of the BigXII / SEC Challenge.
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Time: 3:00pm Central
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