Can Tigers Put Slow Start in Rearview Mirror?
Auburn is a much better basketball team with Chris Denson in the line up.
Take away the last 4-5 minutes in three of the Auburn men’s Basketball losses this season and the Tigers would have an early season record of 7-2. However, that record currently stands at a disappointing 4-5.
For the first seven contest the Tigers struggled in the closing minutes to finish out close games. Head Coach Tony Barbee blamed it on a failure to execute the plays he had called in those waning moments. Whatever the cause, it has been a disconcerting and frustrating stretch.
And what has been even more disconcerting has been a lack of help on offense for guard Frankie Sullivan. For example, it was Frankie that put up a third of the points scored (28) in the Tigers’ 78-72 double overtime loss to Rhode Island on Nov. 25.
But two developments have come about in the last week that offer hope for a turn around to the Tigers’ season.
The first was the return of guard Chris Denson to the line up after being academically ineligible first semester. Denson has sparked the Tiger’s offense by setting teammates like Jordan Price up to score, while adding 15 points per game himself.
Price was named the SEC Freshman Player of the Week for averaging 14 points in only 17 minutes per game while going 10-of-12 from the floor and 8 for 8 from the 3-point range. Prior to Chris’s return, Jordan was averaging just five points a game.
The other positive development has been the combination play of Rob Chubb and Asauhn Dixon-Tatum at Center.
The two big men have average 12 rebounds a game this season including 17 against Furman Saturday.
After handling Grambling State 92-42 last week and dispatching Furman 64-50, the Tigers just may be set to put the season’s slow start in the rearview mirror.
Hopefully the winning will continue tonight as the Tigers take on Tennessee Tech (6-4) in the Arena at 7 p.m
Those that can’t attend the game can catch it on 96.7 FM in Auburn or on the Auburn IMG Network/ XM199.
Chris Denson led the Tigers to a 82-61 victory over Tenn. Tech.