Auburn Looks to Win Barbee’s 2nd Iron Bowl of Basketball
Cam Newton celebrates Auburn Basketball’s last win over Alabama. (photo: Albert Cesare,Opelika Auburn News)
February 6th, 2013 Auburn’s leading scorer Frankie Sullivan missed his first 11 shots against Alabama and the Tigers trailed at the half 23-13. But Auburn overcame the deficit to win The Iron Bowl of Basketball 49-37.
It was the last time Auburn won an SEC game.
Tomorrow night Auburn will have a chance to repeat that winning performance as the two arch rivals will go at it at 7:30 p.m. in the Auburn Arena. The game was scheduled for tonight but inclement weather has caused it to be rescheduled for Thursday right after the Women’s 5:00 p.m. game against Texas A&M; it will be the second part of a doubleheader.
It’s been a long 12 months since Auburn celebrated their last conference victory. The Tigers (8-9, 0-6 SEC) have lost 21 of their last 22 regular-season SEC games including 16 games in a row – a school record. The SEC record for most consecutive conference losses is 22, set by Alabama between 1968-1970.
Despite having the SEC’s leading scoring tandem in Chris Denson and KT Harrell, Auburn has lost six straight this year. Although the Tigers have been competitive up to the last couple of minutes in most of those contest, they have yet to secure a conference victory.
For some reason, Auburn always seem to struggle at the foul line but the biggest problem, as of late, has been a failure of the rest of the team to help Denson and Harrell offensively. The bench in particularly has been almost absent in production with a low point of a 0 for 28 performance coming in a 82-74 loss to Mississippi State.
The Tigers really struggled in their last outing against Arkansas, shooting only 36 percent and losing by nineteen 86-67. With a third of the SEC season in the books, Coach Tony Barbee said his team needs to, “Play with confidence and focus and poise down the stretch.” That’s a hard thing to do when your 0-16 and haven’t been able to make a shot in the last couple of minutes of five close games.
The Tide (9-10- 3-3 SEC) comes into the game not much better off, currently tied with three other teams for fifth place in the Western Division. However, they did look good in overcoming a 19 point deficit to defeat LSU in their last outing.
The highlight of the night may come at half time as Coach Malzahn and the football players will be on hand to receive the Foy-ODK Sportsmanship Trophy for the football team’s spectacular win over Alabama in the Iron Bowl.
Hopefully that won’t be the only bright spot of the evening … Maybe the Tigers will end their losing streak with another win over the Tide.
Lets go Tigers! Beat Alabama!