BASKETBALL: Vanderbilt Duo Burns Auburn

ATLANTA — Good luck, Arkansas. Good luck dealing with the most potent scoring tandem in the Southeastern Conference. You'll surely need it today, judging from the display Vanderbilt's Shan Foster and A.J. Ogilvy put on in the Commodores' 93-82 victory over Auburn on Thursday.

Vanderbilt advanced to the SEC Tournament quarterfinals buoyed by 53 combined points from Foster and Ogilvy. Foster, a 6-foot-6 senior and the SEC Player of the Year, had 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Ogilvy, a 6-11 freshman, had 27 points on 12-of-13.

"Such a great inside-outside combination," said Arkansas coach John Pelphrey, who scouted the Vanderbilt-Auburn game Thursday. "(Vanderbilt) does a great job of getting them the ball."

Therein lies Arkansas' main defensive goal for today's contest. The Razorbacks can't allow Foster and Ogilvy to get the type of uncontested looks they saw Thursday. Foster converted six of his nine 3-point attempts, rarely tightly guarded, and Ogilvy didn't have a perfect game shooting only because he missed a dunk.

In Arkansas' 78-73 win over Vanderbilt on March 1 in Fayetteville, the Hogs had trouble stopping the tandem. Foster had 22 points, and Ogilvy had 20 as the Commodores nearly left Bud Walton Arena with a victory.

Though frustrated at times with his team's shot selection, Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings said he didn't have any plans to curb Foster's aggressiveness.

"I told Shan, ‘If it feels round, you can shoot it,'" Stallings said.

Hot Beginnings

The fact Auburn kept the game close, cutting Vanderbilt's lead to as little as five points in the second half, was amazing considering the Commodores' start.

Vanderbilt made its first eight shots, including four by Foster. Ross Neltner misfired on a 12-foot jumper with 13:54 left in the first half, finally giving Vandy a miss. The Commodores shot 76 percent from the floor in the first half (19 of 25) and finished shooting 67.3 percent for the game.

"We just couldn't keep up," Auburn guard Frank Tolbert said. "We were making shots, but they were making more. It was frustrating."

Off-Site Practice

The Razorbacks participated in a two-hour workout Thursday afternoon at Morehouse College in Atlanta, located about two miles from the Georgia Dome. They wrapped up practice around 2 p.m., just in time for Pelphrey and the Hogs assistant coaches to get to the dome.

Checking Out Vandy

Once there, Pelphrey, assistant Rob Evans and director of basketball operations Damon Jones sat together on the back row of the media area as they watched Vanderbilt and Auburn.

Arkansas' players weren't in the dome for the game and instead watched it on TV from their hotel.

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