Monday Tiger Tidbits

News and notes on Auburn football, basketball, baseball and softball are featured.

Starting with football:

*Class of 2016 commitment Landon Rice attended Auburn's junior day on Saturday and said he was eager to get back to the campus and spend time with the coaches. The sophomore noted that he is firmly committed to the Tigers. The tight end, who attends Darlington School in Rome, Ga., says he will be attending Calhoun, Ga., High School as a junior because his family is making the move there with his father taking a job as a coach and teacher in Calhoun.

Raashed Kennion

*I was talking to one of signee Raashed Kennion's coaches recently and he told me that the tall defensive end is really playing well for the First Coast High basketball team. He noted that Kennion, who is 6-7, 230 pounds, may not be through growing height-wise and added, "People his size with his type of quickness and speed are hard to compete with."

In basketball:

*Terri Williams-Flournoy has been less than pleased with her team's defensive consistency, but she liked what she saw as the Tigers came up with 16 steals in their 67-59 victory over Georgia on Sunday.

Coach Flo had these comments on that subject after getting the win vs. her former boss, Andy Landers of UGA: "We forced them into 24 turnovers, and we get 34 points off of it. Those are 24 possessions that we are taking away from them. That is what we try to get our girls to understand, not so much of just turning them over and scoring from it. It's 24 possessions that were taken from them."

*Going into this week's games vs. South Carolina at home on Wednesday and at Alabama on Saturday, Coach Tony Barbee's Tigers are in the Top 100 nationally in just two team statistics. Auburn is 72nd in blocked shots at 4.7 per game and 100th in free throw percentage at .719.

*Auburn is one of five SEC men's basketball teams that are not in the Top 100 in RPI this week so there may not be much representation from the league in the NCAA Tournament. Of the 349 colleges playing Division I basketball here is their RPI rankings:

Florida 3
Kentucky 10
Missouri 45
Tennessee 60
Arkansas 70
LSU 72
Ole Miss 80
Vandy 87
Georgia 89
Alabama 117
Texas A&M 118
Auburn 163
South Carolina 175
Mississippi State 212

In baseball:

*Through seven games the Tigers have been a punchless team at the plate. Going into Tuesday's home game vs. Alabama A&M the Tigers are hitting .208 as a team. In 212 at-bats the Tigers have no home runs, no triples and six doubles. That is why the team has an anemic slugging percentage of .236. Last year's team had a slugging percentage of .385 and a batting average of .275.

The poor hitting has resulted in the 3-4 Tigers wasting several strong pitching performances. Opponents are hitting just .214 vs. Auburn, which has a team earned run average of 2.29. The Tigers have allowed only 47 hits in 63 innings pitched with 56 strikeouts and 18 walks.

In softball:

*The 13-1-1 Tigers, who are on a nine-game winning streak, lead all SEC teams in home runs with 27 and doubles with 23. Individually, sophomore second baseman Emily Carosene is fifth among SEC players in batting averages at .472. The Tigers return to action with a 5 p.m. home game on Wednesday vs. 10th-ranked FSU.

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