Auburn (11-12, 5-9 in SEC) might be seeking to get again within the win column on Tuesday once they host Florida (11-6, 7-5 in SEC) at dwelling.
Auburn basketball has misplaced 5 of its final six video games, with the newest being a 24-point loss to LSU in Baton Rouge on Saturday. Regardless of scoring 80-points within the contest and a 26-point efficiency by Sharife Cooper, the Tigers by no means regained the lead after trailing simply 5 minutes after tipoff.
“I feel my very own private disappointment, I believed we had a very good plan,” stated Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl. “I believed that regardless that what they did defensively we hadn’t seen earlier than, I believed we had some good slips and a few actually attractiveness. We acquired a few of them executed, however not sufficient. We scored 80 factors, in order that wasn’t the issue. The issue was as soon as once more defensively.”
When Auburn visited Florida final season, the Tigers scored solely 47 factors within the loss. Pearl understands that Florida’s protection will as soon as once more current a problem.
“This yr’s crew, they shoot the ball rather well, they lead the league in discipline aim share, and they’re actually stable defensively,” Pearl stated. “They’ll play man, they’ll play numerous completely different zones, they’ll make a younger crew assume and have to reply as a result of they alter issues up rather a lot, in order that’ll be a little bit of a problem for us.”
Florida is coming off a 70-63 win over Georgia in Gainesville, Florida, on Saturday. The Gators had a 13-day stretch in early February the place that they had 3 SEC video games postponed due to COVID-19 issues.
Regardless of lacking these video games, the Gators are 7-5 in league play with wins over LSU, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Georgia.
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For the Tigers, protection might be a precedence within the matchup with eyes on sophomore guard Tre Mann and junior energy ahead Colin Castleton. Mann is a former 5-star recruit and 2019 McDonald’s All-American who’s averaging 14.1 factors per recreation, whereas Castleton has two SEC Participant of the Week honors underneath his belt already this season.
Pearl sees similarities in defensive struggles between this crew and Auburn’s 2016-2017 crew and feels the restricted quantity of spring exercises have been a problem.
“I see loads of similarities, I do,” Pearl stated. “That crew struggled in transition protection. That crew struggled with the foul line greater than this crew has. That crew struggled with toughness and physicality as a result of, like this crew, they have been younger additionally. One of many issues that’s very fascinating, 2 years in the past, we went to the Ultimate 4. We got here again from the Ultimate 4, and we have been in our final week of spring, so we didn’t actually have any spring exercises. Final yr we have been achieved March eleventh, and we had no spring exercises.”
This yr, the Tigers will bear spring exercises earlier within the offseason than seasons prior due to the self-imposed postseason ban.
“This yr, we’re going to have 5 weeks of spring exercises,” Pearl stated. “That’s heavy lifting, that’s heavy particular person growth, so for the final 2 years due to the Ultimate 4 and due to COVID, we actually missed that window. So, I’m hoping that we’re going to have the ability to take full benefit of that this spring and I feel that’ll go a good distance curing among the issues which might be ailing us proper now as a crew.”
Auburn will host Florida at 6 p.m. CST on Tuesday in Auburn Enviornment. The sport might be broadcasted on ESPN.
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