January 5, 2007

Auburn opens SEC play against Vandy

It's simple, really.

Jeff Lebo knows exactly what his team needs to do.

"We have to make some shots," said Lebo, Auburn's head basketball coach. "We've had good looks. We have to put the ball in the basket."

That's the Tigers' biggest problem. Cold shooting has been behind AU's latest struggles: A home loss to Texas A&M in which the Aggies dared Auburn to shoot 3-pointers, and a road loss at Southern Miss which saw AU barely managed 54 points.

And the schedule doesn't get easier, with Southeastern Conference play beginning Saturday. The Tigers host Vanderbilt at 5:30 p.m.

Auburn (10-5, 0-0 SEC) has to hit jump shots to be effective offensively. Center Korvotney Barber can't consistently score from the post; he's more effective on putbacks and fast breaks. The rest of the lineup - even 6-foot-8 forward Quan Prowell - is perimeter-oriented.

And when the shots aren't falling, things get ugly.

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