March 12, 2014
On the go, Auburn's KT Harrell makes a move that helped him average 18.4 points per game during the regular season (USA Today photo)
|Matchup||Auburn (14-15) vs. South Carolina (12-19) | Game Notes|
|Date & Time||Tuesday, March 12, 2014 at 6 P.M. CT|
|Location||Georgia Dome | GameDay Info (Parking, Seating Chart, etc.)|
|Tickets||Buy Tickets Online | Men's Basketball Ticket Information|
|Broadcasts||TV: SEC-TV | Radio: WGZZ 94.3 FM SIRIUS/XM 108/199|
|Online|| Webcast | Live Audio | Live Stats | Twitter: @AUbasketball
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. -- The season of ups and downs has a new twist. Auburn will open SEC Tournament against the only team it beat twice.
Auburn versus South Carolina at 6 p.m., Central time, Wednesday in the Georgia Dome is the last of the basketball trilogy for the two teams. The Tigers beat the Gamecocks 79-74 in Columbia and 83-67 in Auburn.
Coach Tony Barbee says playing a team third time is "always" tough.
"The thing about it is they know what we do, we know what they're going to do," he said. "You can't reinvent the wheel at this point of the year. We are who we are and they are who they are. You have to throw the ball up and see what happens."
Auburn is 14-15. South Carolina is 12-19. The winner will play Arkansas at approximately 2:30 p.m. Thursday.
Auburn's wild ride included beating the Gamecocks on the road for what was then its third straight SEC win. South Carolina's ride included that 16-point loss at Auburn that was followed by a 72-67 win against Kentucky three days later.
Auburn closed the regular season on a positive note with a 69-64 win over Texas A&M last Saturday.
"We got some necessary stops and that was the biggest difference," Barbee said. "We made some plays, took advantage of how they were guarding our ball screen. But the biggest thing was we got some stops when we needed it."
Mainly, Auburn stood tall in the final two minutes.
The Tigers will carry that good feeling into another game against the Gamecocks. What to look for? History tells us Chris Denson and KT Harrell for Auburn. They combined for 50 points in the first meeting, and 33 more in Round 2. South Carolina's Benton Williams scored a total of 55 -- by himself -- in the two games.
For somebody, it's going to be the last stop of this basketball season.
"I think we underachieved a little bit," said Auburn forward Allen Payne. "We came in with bigger expectations than what we finished, but I think we have good momentum going into the tournament."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine