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He's got the stats, but Auburn KT Harrell looks for wins
Jan. 26, 2015

KT Harrell making a move for Auburn

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. -- KT Harrell led Auburn in scoring last time out, leads Auburn in scoring in general, is second in the SEC in scoring -- and says that's not enough.

The Auburn guard is looking past his stats.

"I'm playing well, but at the end of the day, I want to win games. I've never been a guy who is satisfied with his own individual stats," Harrell says. "I could care less about me. I want to win. If I have zero points and we win the game I'm happy. I've been focusing on trying to do my part and playing as well as I can to give us the best opportunity."

Harrell scored 22 points last Saturday, but Auburn lost to Alabama 57-55. Harrell and Co. will try to bounce back against Texas A&M at 8 Tuesday night in Auburn Arena. 

Harrell is second in the SEC scoring, averaging 17.4 points per game. He has scored 20-or-more points 10 times this season, and has hit that mark 21 times in the last two seasons. Harrell has hit at least one 3-pointer in 18 of 19 games.

Coach Bruce Pearl said earlier this season that Harrell puts winning ahead of everything.

"You can see it in KT Harrell," Pearl said. "He is such a team player and cares about the program and has had great hopes and expectations for this season to perhaps do something that we have not been able to do in the past. So he is disappointed. I am disappointed. But I am also realistic enough to know who we are, where we are, what we are going up against and understand that there is not a lot of margin" for error.

Auburn is 10-9 overall and 2-4 in the Southeastern Conference. Texas A&M is 13-5 overall and 4-2 in the league.

Six SEC teams have winning conference records. Auburn is one of the eight that does not. Harrell says Auburn can fix that.

"I've never been a person who thinks the season is over. There's a lot of basketball left," he said.

Harrell's positive takeaway from the disappointing loss at Alabama was it showed Auburn can play well on the road, a place that otherwise the Tigers haven't won on this season.
"I think it gives us a lot of confidence. We started off really well and that's the key to playing road games," Harrell said "We played with a lot of confidence and a lot swagger, and if we continue to do that I think we'll win most of our road games."

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