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'It's for real': Auburn basketball tips off practice

Sept. 28, 2013

Auburn's Tony Barbee, in white, gives advice after Tigers wrap up a practice Saturday

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. – Tony Barbee had his basketball team put on a little exhibition Saturday for all the former Auburn players who returned to support the program and for a little fellowship during a chartiable weekend. 

"I wanted to get them a feel of our offense and what we've been working on this summer," Barbee said. 

That was Saturday morning for the first official practice of the fall. The second official practice of the fall later Saturday promised to be something different.

"When we come back, it's for real. We're going toughness, defense, rebounding, all those things. But for the first official practice, I thought we had a decent start," Barbee said. 

It was the first practice, officially, but the Tigers got plenty of work in over the summer when they played two exhibition games in The Bahamas. Barbee has called that work invaluable. 

"The learning curve was sped up," he said. 

Senior guard Chris Denson said Saturday's work was nothing new, though there "was a little rust." 

"But we have two-a-days ever day, so that's going to knock off plenty of rust." 

Denson says he's looking to prove any doubters wrong this season. Barbee is in favor of that. 

"This is a hungry bunch. This is a different bunch," Barbee said. "We've got competitors – guys who want to win at a high level. They're doing it together. What other people think about you, I never thought that mattered. It's what you think about yourself, what you believe about yourself and what you can accomplish. This group believes, as a whole, that we can accomplish something special this year."

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