Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Know your enemy- @ Auburn Tigers

An abbreviated one at that... write up from Auburn's website
Season stats

Auburn is 12-1 at home with that loss coming to Kentucky. They played the Wildcats tough for 35 minutes before succumbing to a clearly superior squad. They gave M$U all they could handle in their last game... going down 91-88. Still they are 3-6 in conference and are losers of 3 of their last 4.

Kenny Gabriel and Frankie Sullivan lead them in scoring at 12.3 and 12.1. Gabriel also leads the team in rebounds at 8 per game. Varez Ward leads the team in assists despite coming off the bench. He's also led the team in scoring the last 2 games. No one particularly shoots the 3 well for them so that's good news.

The numbers:
- .419 FG
- .311 3pt FG
- -.7 rebound margin
- .665 FT

Prediction: I don't have a good feeling about this one. While everything stat-wise and talent level says we should win, I'm not sure how the team reacts to no Tony Mitchell on the court. Can Jacobs cover rebounding and Steele/Hankerson/Eblen/Gueye cover the scoring void? My guess is no... and the barn escapes by 4.

Game time is 9PM EST (8PM CST) on ESPNU and espn3.com.

1 comment:

MSmilie said...

I don't have a good feeling about this one either, but I'm hoping the team responds to the Tony Mitchell situation in a positive way. This is where the team needs guidance from the older guys like Releford, Green and Steele.

In fact, I wonder if Andrew gets the start tonight for that very reason. The Auburn fans and students will probably turn out for this game so I expect a tough environment. Alabama needs a good start so the more experience on the floor at the beginning, the better.

It's pretty simple: if Releford and Green have good nights, Bama can win this game. Similar bench production to Saturday would also be a plus.

I expect a close game. The team really needs to, at the very least, split these two road games before returning home for Florida. Every game is big right now.