Auburn's Tahj Shamsid-Deen finds the right path against Alabama (Zach Bland photo)
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. --
It's going to be a quick turnaround for the Auburn basketball team, from beating Alabama on Thursday night to playing Georgia at midday Saturday.
Nobody's complaining, though.
Racing past Alabama 74-55 in a game delayed a day because of icy conditions has put a bounce in Auburn's step heading to the 12:47 p.m. game in Auburn Arena.
"We have a lot of energy right now," said point guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen before a short Friday practice. "There are great vibes today, we are just trying to carry the same energy and momentum into the game versus Georgia.
"We are not really worried about the quick turnaround. We are ready to step back on the floor and show that that game wasn't a fluke, that we are capable of playing like that every single night."
Auburn has Alabama's number, having beaten the Tide in its last two trips to Auburn Arena. Coach Tony Barbee is looking for that kind of action against more of the SEC. The Tigers are 9-9 overall and 1-6 in the league. Georgia is 10-9 overall and 4-3 in the league.
Barbee says the records don't bother him.
"Not one second have we talked about records. It's not about records it's about process," he said. "It's about getting better every single day and the results will come from that."
Auburn was within striking distance in its first five SEC games before losing to Arkansas by 19 last Saturday in Fayetteville. The Tigers then came back to beat Alabama by 19.
Barbee insisted throughout that Auburn has been on the right path.
"It was good for the guys to see the end results of the fruits of their labors. Hopefully now, they have been doing it anyway through the process, but now it can be ratcheted up even higher when you see the results of winning like that when you do play a so-called complete game."
Georgia's scoring report probably goes something like that: Try to slow down guards Chris Denson and KT Harrell. The Denson-Harrell scoring tandem are now ranked fifth in the nation after they combined for 54 points against Alabama. Denson, who scored 32, is second in the SEC in scoring, averaging 19.6 points per game. Harrell is third in the league, averaging 19.3 points.
Auburn's five starters, with Denson and Harrell leading the way, account for 90 percent of the team's scoring in SEC games.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer for AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: