Auburn Preview Capsule

Oct 29, 2015 - 5:09 PM Auburn Preview Capsule

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By The Associated Press=

Auburn

Last season (15-20, 4-14 SEC), failed to make the postseason.

Nickname: Tigers

Coach Bruce Pearl

Conference: Southeastern Conference

Key returners: F Cinmeon Bowers has dropped 30 pounds during the offseason and worked on his shooting and free throws. He's the SEC's top returnee in both rebounding and double-doubles. Tahj Shamsid-Deen can play point guard or shooting guard, alongside Canty. Shamsid-Deen is expected to miss at least a month with a separated right shoulder.

Who left: Leading scorers KT Harrell and Antoine Mason, the Tigers' top two scorers. Harrell led the SEC in scoring.

The Skinny: The Tigers once again face a difficult nonconference schedule - a trademark of Bruce Pearl's teams. Harris brings much needed size to the lineup and guards T.J. Dunans and Kareem Canty both are good enough scorers and shooters to ensure there's little or no dropoff in production from Harrell and Mason. This team should show continued progress for a program that has long struggled.






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