Chris Denson is leading the way in scoring in the SEC (Todd Van Emst photo)
|Matchup||Auburn (2-1) vs. Murray State (2-2) | Game Notes|
|Date & Time||Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7 P.M. CT|
|Location||Auburn Arena | GameDay Info (Parking, Seating Chart, etc.)|
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|Broadcasts||TV: AUHD | Radio: WGZZ 94.3 FM & SIRIUS 134|
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By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. -- Chris Denson sees his role as a scorer.
Coach Tony Barbee wants to remind him to play defense, too.
The two figure to see eye-to-eye this Auburn basketball season, and they'll test those waters again when the Tigers meet Murray State at 7 p.m. Saturday in Auburn Arena.
Denson leads 2-1 Auburn and the SEC in scoring, averaging 21.3 points per game. His 63 points in the first three games are the most at Auburn since Wesley Person scored 77 and Aaron Swinson scored 75 in the 1993-94 season. Denson will be looking for more against the 2-2 Racers on Saturday.
"Coach gave everyone a role, and he told everyone to dominate their role. I am trying to dominate my role," Denson said. "On this team I have to be a scorer."
Denson will look to KT Harrell and Tahj Shamsid-Deen to put big points, too. Denson will be looking to score, though.
"There is a lot of pressure, but if it is not my night, hopefully there will be somebody else's night. As long as we get the win it doesn't matter how many points I score," Denson said.
Denson said he's been watch game film in an effort to improve his defense. "It is not so much on the ball stuff as off the ball stuff like my help defense needs a lot of work," he said. "Watching film with Coach Barbee and the other coaches are showing me where to improve."
Barbee has to like Denson talking about defense.
"He is one of those guys that is focused so much on offense, he has let his defense slip," Barbee said. "I told him he should never think for one second about the offensive end of the floor. It's going to happen because of the type of player he is. Every thought he has on the floor, on the bench, in the locker room, during time outs should be solely on defense because he can make us that much better because he has the ability to be one of the best defenders we have."
Auburn's defense came under sharp review when Northwestern State beat the Tigers 111-92. Auburn bounced back with a 78-54 over over-matched Jacksonville State.
"We have to hang our hat on the defensive end of the floor and that's individually knowing match-ups, knowing cross-match-ups, if you get caught on a guy that's not yours, and then what we are trying to get done, whether it's in man or one of our zones," Barbee said.
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Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine