Wednesday night we travel to the Barn to take on the fightin' Barbees of Auburn. Auburn set the world on FAHR with their 2-0 start in conference play only to Auburn it up and lose their next 6. They did play Ole Miss to the wire in their last home game. (click title for more)
Frankie Sullivan (he played with Chuck Person I think) leads the team at 16.5 PPG. His only strong suit so far has been from the FT line as he sucks from the field (39%) and from 3 (29%). He does take most of their shots though. Allen Payne and Rob Chubb are a little better from the field, but combined have taken 15 more shots than Sullivan. They are the top 2 rebounders on the team. Chris Denson has started the last 2 games averaging 11 PPG.
- 67.6 PPG
- .416 FG
- .333 3pt FG
- 7.8 steals
On paper we should win this one as CAG is undefeated @ the Barn, but I suspect this will be a close game beginning to end. IF THE REAL NICK JACOBS can show up I like our chances. The X factor IMO is Rodney Cooper. If he can hit the mid range jumpers it will open up the lanes for Releford and Lacey as well as get us some better looking shots from beyond the arc. Of course our O is 30 seconds of dribbling then a shot of some sort so I'm thinking too much here.
Game time is 8PM EST on SECN and watchespn.com. I'll be watching from my laptop.
Bracketology has us as next 4 out.
Jerry Palm has us as first 4 out.
A few observations:
- We CANNOT lose to Auburn, M$U, or UGA this year. Any of those will be RPI killers. UGA is playing better, but they still suck. Also, losing to South Carolina at home would be a death blow.
- Looking at the schedule we could possibly go undefeated in February!
- While the above links have us in the running for a NCAAT invite, the big picture is we really need to go at the very least 13-5 in the SEC. I lean towards 14-4 and a decent SECT run to make it.
- The tournament bubble is soft and extremely large. We are going to have to distance ourselves from Maryland, Arizona St, Rutgers, Iowa St, St Louis, St Mary's, and FSU (and probably more).