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Auburn Basketball: SEC Play Begins

By on January 2nd, 2016 in Basketball 36 Comments »

The Auburn men’s basketball team begins the SEC season today when they face the Tennessee Volunteers (7 – 5) in the Auburn Arena at 1:00 pm CST. The game is scheduled to be aired on CBS.

It’s been a little bumpy for the Tigers (6 – 5) coming out of the shoot. The team is back from a long Hawaii trip and a somewhat disappointing outing. I don’t think anyone was looking for Auburn to come away from the Diamond Head Classic holding the first place trophy.

However, it was the way the team lost their head-to-head matches that was frustrating. Unfortunately, it was feast or famine in the way the Tigers played. Losing to Harvard and Hawaii by poor shooting, lack of defense, and blown leads gives some concern for how this team could play this year. Nevertheless, there are no early indications for panic. Coach Pearl is still tweaking.

Here is what I have noticed from our team as the Tigers enter into SEC play today against Tennessee.

No doubt the talent is there but keeping that talent healthy looks to be a challenge. Junior guard, Tahj Shamsid-Deen continues with shoulder problems that are are possibly serious enough to force him to miss the whole season. The other point guard, T.J. Dunans, went down hard against Harvard and was carried off the court with a knee injury. TJ Lang has been dealing with a nagging ankle/achilles issue since pre-season. True freshman New Williams tweaked his knee last week during practice. We are still waiting on the ruling to clear Daniel Purifoy, which could be a roster boost.

The injury bug is, as Bruce Pearl stated, “Concerning.”  Yet that doesn’t mean a season is lost before it really begins. This is one of the better teams fielded by Auburn in quite a few years, and it is playing with plenty of heart and determination.

The upper classmen need to plow the way for the younger guys. Kareem Canty (junior), Tyler Harris (senior), and Cinmeon Bowers (senior) are the three to watch. Canty is averaging 19 points, Harris is shooting a fantastic 50% from the floor, and Bowers is averaging 9.7  rebounds. If Dunans is healthy, he is averaging 40% behind the 3-point line.

The Volunteers have somewhat mirrored Auburn in their pre-SEC nonconference schedule. To open up the season, they are 7 – 0 at home against smaller programs, but 0 – 5 on the road. That has to bode well for the Tigers, seeing as the game will be played in the Auburn Arena.

Look for a fast paced game and a full house today as the Auburn men hit the reset button and start playing for a spot in the SEC Tournament! War Eagle and …

Beat the Vols!


  1. Jason Wright says:

    Hate that Tahj Shamsid-Deen is injured again. I was wanting to see just how much impact he would have on leading this team into the post season. His is the most important loss to the Tigers. Pearl even said his loss was devastating.

  2. Any one know if there has been any news on the Daniel Purifoy situation?

    • wareagle3020 wareagle3020 says:

      He still is not cleared. He will not play today. Word is a decision is to come in the next couple of weeks. He is still able to contain his scholarship so that is a good sign. My guess is because it is an academic problem, the decision will be sometime around January 13th which is the start of the semester.

  3. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..I think if Auburn avoids foul trouble, their superior size will win the day. We’re about to find out, in about ten minutes!

  4. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Tennessee is in mug-mode, when Canty gets the ball. Officials finally called a blocking foul after a vicious uppercut knocked Canty down.

  5. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….And Canty drains a 40 footer!

  6. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Auburn just raining threes! Tigers up 22-10, with 8:47 left in the half.

  7. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Bowers picks up his second foul, and will sit till half. UT taking advantage, nine unanswered points.

  8. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..UT has taken a 33-32 lead, with Bowers on the bench. lots of penetration in the lane, and offensive boards.

  9. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Vols lead 36-34 at the half. Tigers desperately need Cimmeon Bowers back on the court.

  10. wareagle3020 wareagle3020 says:

    Auburn has no inside threat. Trying to win with a bunch of three pointers , the odds usually aren’t very good. Bowers in foul trouble is something we can’t afford.

  11. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Tyler Harris can score inside, but they are really guarding the paint. He draws double and triple teams when he goes to the basket.

  12. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..T. J. Lang is out for the rest of the game, thanks to a collision at the end of the half.

  13. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Bryce Brown with back to back threes!

  14. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….8-0 Auburn run to start the second half, then UT gets two offensive boards and a putback.

  15. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Looked like an over-and-back missed by the refs.

  16. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Auburn has a 55-48 lead, with about 10 minutes left. Tigers have built the lead on three point bombing from Brown and Canty. UT just bricked a couple of free throw attempts.

  17. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Tennessee just can’t get the three to fall, but it doesn’t matter. They get the rebound and stick it back in, time and time again.

  18. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Timeout Tigers, 61-55, with 7:26 left in the game.

  19. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Canty continues to light up the Vols. Another three from long range!

  20. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Wild couple of series up and down the court. Horace Spencer gets a nice block, but then Tigers called for a charge on the other end. Auburn leads, 71-65. with 2:49 left in this one.

  21. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Auburn up 75-67, with a minute and a half left.

  22. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Press. And they foul Bowers. Good choice.

  23. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Bowers connects. UT with an easy layup, 77-70. And they foul Harris, who misses the FT.

  24. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Another missed three by UT, rebound Bowers, and another UT foul. 56 seconds left. And another bricked FT.

  25. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    Now with 46, they foul Harris again. 77-70 Auburn.

  26. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Harris hits both! 79-70 Auburn!

  27. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….UT bags one from the free throw line, 79-72 with just a few seconds remaining. Wasted a lot of time, there.

  28. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Canty will go to the line, with 34 seconds left. Got one. 80-72, Tigers.

  29. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Vols bag a three, and call time with 26 seconds left. 80-75, Auburn will inbound.

  30. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..UT Turns it over with 18.9 seconds left.

  31. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Nine seconds, Vols in desperation mode, three misses, and Auburn wins! 83-77!

  32. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..If my commentary on this one seemed spotty, please bear in mind that I spent a lot of this game trying to make the latest Android Lollipop run on this PC. And yes! I have it running! Unfortunately, I’ve yet to figure out how to connect it to the internet. More Google searches…

  33. domaucan1 domaucan1 says:

    WOW! Great start for the 2016 SEC season for our Tigers! A win over the Vols is great, especially for Coach Pearl. Sellout crowd again. He really has the Auburn people excited about basketball again! As usual, NEVER forget, win or lose:
    WAR EAGLE !!!
    GO BIG BLUE !!!

  34. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    It was great game. Took the family. We had a great time. First BB gamekeep since college watching Persons and Barkley play.

    AU has some atheletes for sure but its a very young team. Pearl uses the strength of his team more than Xs and Os. He lets them play thier game.

    Tennessesse has height and they are very good atheletes. Just couldnt keep up with shooting of Auburn.


    • uglyjoe says:

      WDE, were you at AU – Kentucky in 1984? Best game I have ever seen.

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