Auburn guards KT Harrell and Chris Denson have been a reliable duo of scorers during the Tigers' young season. Harrell recorded his fifth 20-point game of the season Jan. 5 against Florida A&M while Denson is almost doubling his points-per-game average from last year.
How good of a duo are they?
Harrell, a junior transfer from Virginia, is averaging 19.1 points per game, good for second in the Southeastern Conference behind Missouri's Jordan Clarkson (20 per game). Denson, a four-year veteran, sits at No. 4 in the conference with 19 points per contest under Ole Miss' Marshall Henderson (19.1).
That's right, two Auburn players are featuring top-four scoring in the conference. The Tigers' combined 38.1 points per game cements the pair as the top one-two punch of scorers in the conference, tied with Missouri's leading guards.
The two guards in Missouri. Jabari Brown (18.1) and Clarkson (20) combine for 38.1 per game also. However, we're missing two games worth of analysis between the two squads; the Tigers from Missouri have played two more games than the Auburn Tigers so far this season.
Placing third in the conference is the Ole Miss duo of Henderson (19.1) and Jarvis Summers (16.8) for a total of 35.9. Auburn will open SEC play against the Rebels Jan. 9 in Mississippi.
"I think our guys are starting to get what our identity has got to be," Auburn head coach Tony Barbee said. "We've got to play harder and tougher than every team we played against, every night out."