March 12, 2013

One last thing

AUBURN | The Tigers have been a mess throughout the past two months as a 2-0 start in Southeastern Conference play decayed into a 3-15 finish.

The team's current stretch of 15 losses in 16 games represents its lowest point since the 1940s. Auburn finished last in the standings and holds the lowest spot in the Ratings Percentage Index (No. 253) among all major-conference teams.

Coach Tony Barbee hasn't been able to find many answers to his team's struggles.

Players seem similarly flummoxed.

"It's been worse that the numbers indicate for us -- especially when you're used to winning or you want to win so badly," senior guard Frankie Sullivan said. "Nobody wants to be in last place, but it is what it is. It's the cards we've been dealt. Now we've got to go into the SEC Tournament and play our hearts out."

Auburn plays Texas A&M in the first round of the league tournament Wednesday night in Nashville. A win would provide at least token momentum for a team heading toward an offseason that's sure to be full of reflection.

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