Auburn basketball to begin SEC play Jan. 9
Auburn will play Florida A&M Saturday to finish the Tigers' out-of-conference schedule for the season. The Rattlers (3-10) will be the final tune-up game before Auburn plays its first Southeastern Conference opponent this year: Ole Miss (9-3)Jan. 9.
They won't have any breaks on the schedule; to conclude the season, Auburn will play 18 SEC opponents in a row. The most notable games are against No. 25 Missouri (11-1) Jan. 11, No. 12 Florida (10-2) Jan. 18, No. 15 Kentucky (10-3) Feb. 12 and a second Florida matchup Feb. 19.
Missouri leads the conference with a single loss. Arkansas and Florida follow closely tied for second with two losses. Auburn sits at No. 8 at 7-3.
Auburn's leading scorer, junior guard KT Harrell, ranks second in the SEC in points per game with 19.1. Senior guard Chris Denson ranks fourth with 19 a game. Mizzou's Jordan Clarkson currently holds the lead with 20 per game.
Auburn senior center Asauhn Dixon-Tatum ranks No. 4 in blocks per game with two. Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein sits at the top with 4.1 per game.
Auburn ranks top six in the conference in four categories: sixth in team points per game (76.5), fifth in field-goal percentage (.463), fourth in free-throw percentage (.709) and third in assists per game (13.8).