All eyes on 3-point arc as Tide, Tigers resume hardwood grudge

Jan 2, 2016; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers head coach Bruce Pearl reacts during the game against Tennessee Volunteers at Auburn Arena. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 2, 2016; , AL, USA; Tigers head coach reacts during the game against Tennessee Volunteers at Auburn Arena. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

By
TideFans.com staff
Jan. 19, 2016

Where to watch: Alabama (10-6, 1-2 SEC) at Auburn (8-8, 2-3) – 8 p.m. Central today, Auburn Arena, SEC Network

Who to watch: . It’s not certain that the junior forward will get his first start since mid-December tonight, but it seems to be trending that way. He had a game-high 13 points against Vanderbilt and stamina no longer seems to be a problem (although foul trouble is). And there is precedent for him having a big game in Auburn Arena. Last February he sank all three of his 3-pointers and finished with 11 points and three blocks as the Crimson Tide completed the season sweep with a 79-68 win. Given ’ limited utility, the time is ripe for Hale to rejoin the starting five.

What to watch for: Perimeter defense. The Tigers live and die at the arc, leading the SEC in 3-point attempts (25.8 per game) and makes (9.7). Marshall transfer has become Auburn’s go-to player, averaging 19 points per game and making just under four treys per game. But it isn’t just a matter of collapsing on him – he also is third in the SEC with 5.6 assists per game. Alabama will have to avoid over-pursuing on the perimeter and resist the temptation to trade quick 3-point shots with AU. The Tigers only go seven players deep at best with their regular rotation and can be worn down by a patient team.

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