Leading Auburn scorer Frankie Sullivan must have help tonight against the Bulldogs.
“We’re getting a lot of open looks from behind that line, and we’ve got some really good shooters who aren’t making them right now. Our shooters, who (have been) getting a lot of open shots, have to step up and make them,”
That’s the way Auburn Coach Tony Barbee explained what has sent the Tigers into a four game slide after looking so good to begin conference play.
Missed opportunities pretty much explains the SEC record to date (2-4). Even though guard Frankie Sullivan currently ranks third in the SEC in scoring (17ppg.), the team as a whole has not been able to make their open shots.
In SEC losses to Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Ole Miss, Auburn has struggled in the second half, averaging a lowly 34.5% shooting average. And their overall 3-point average for that three game stretch is worse than that (24%). The answer to the Tigers woes is simple: Sullivan has got to have some offensive help from his teammates.
The Tigers will have a chance to turn the team shooting statistic around tonight as they take on the Georgia Buldogs at 7p.m.EST at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens. The good news is that the Dawgs (also 2-4) have the lowest shooting average in the SEC (59%). Fans can catch the game on CSS & ESPN3.
Chris Denson really came through last weekend for the Tigers (after returning from a stress fracture) scoring 18 points in a close 63-61 loss to Ole Miss. If Sullivan can get that kind of help from a couple of his teammates, Auburn may be able to get their season back on the right track. If not … then the Tigers may be in for a very rough time the rest of the way.
Go Tigers, Beat dem Dawgs!
UPDATE: The theme of this article tells the story for another Auburn loss as the Tigers shooting woes continue. Tigers shot no more than 30% and lost 57-49. For a full game wrap up click here.
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