Gameday Central: Auburn Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide
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Auburn Tigers (14-14, 4-10 )
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The Crimson Tide, which defeated Auburn 68-50 on Feb. 7 in Auburn,have won three consecutive games and six of their last eight ... Alabama has de- feated Tennessee 62-50, won at Arkansas 79-68 and defeated Mississippi State 67-50 behind 18 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals from Levi Randolph ... Alabama broke open a tie game at the half by shooting 64 percent from the floor and 5-of-7 from 3-point range after intermission ... it is Senior Night in Tuscaloosa where Auburn is a frequent visitor for the occasion ... in the win at Arkansas, the Tide made 6-of-11 shots from 3-point range after making only 28.0 percent from behind the arc for the season ... in the last two games, Alabama is shooting 54.5 percent from 3-point range by identically going 6-of-11 from behind the arc vs. both Mississippi State and at Arkansas ... JaMychal Green, who scored nine points in 25 minutes vs. Mississippi State on Saturday in his first game since playing at Auburn on Feb. 7, averages a team-high 13.9 points and a team-high 7.0 rebounds while Trevor Releford adds 12.2 points and 1.8 assists ... Alabama shoots 45.7 percent from the field and 28.7 percent from 3-point range ... the Tide leads the SEC in scor- ing defense (58.1) and 3-point field goal pct. defense (.284) and is second in field goal pct. defense (.384), steals (7.7) and free throw pct (.710) ... the Tide and its opponents nearly shoot identically from 3-point range, 28.7 percent for Alabama and 28.4 percent for the opponents.
This is the 145th meeting between Auburn and Alabama with the Crimson Tide holding an 88-56 advantage.
However, Auburn has won six of the last 11 games in the series while Alabama holds a slim 15-13 lead in the last 28 meet- ings.
In the last 11 games, the Tigers swept the Tide in 2007 and 2009, split the 2008 and 2010 series and were swept last year although both games were decided by a combined 12 points. Alabama won in Auburn 68-50 on Feb. 7.
Alabama holds a 43-8 series lead in Tuscaloosa, including a 36-7 mark in Coleman Coliseum. However, Auburn has won two of the last five games played in Coleman Coliseum.
The series is tied 26-26 in Auburn, while the Tigers are 0-2 against the Tide in Auburn Arena. The Tigers have won 11 of the last 16 games between the two in Auburn.
The Tigers have a 22-19 lead at neutral sites.
Tony Barbee vs. Alabama
Auburn head coach Tony Barbee is 0-3 against Alabama and Crimson Tide head coach Anthony Grant.
Grant is 4-1 coaching against Auburn.
Tigers 4-1 All-Time on Feb. 29
With 2012 being a leap year, Auburn is playing on Feb. 29 for the first time since 1992 when Auburn defeated Ole Miss 110- 84 in Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum.
The Tigers are 4-1 all-time on Feb. 29, including a 1-0 record against Alabama.
Here is a listing of those games:
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