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Exams Are Wrapping Up at Auburn, But Tests Await Coach Bruce Pearl's Basketball Team

The Auburn basketball Tigers have a busy schedule in the coming weeks with a chance to enhance their resume for postseason play.

Kareem Canty (above) leads the Tigers in scoring with an average of 17.2 points per game.

Auburn, Ala.--With the Auburn Tigers gearing back up for basketball game action this week after a long break for final exams, Bruce Pearl says his team will face more tests with six games in the next 14 days.

First on the schedule is a noon tipoff on Saturday in Nashville where the Tigers will take on Middle Tennessee State at Bridgestone Arena, the site of the 2016 SEC Basketball Tournament.

“We have some really good RPI opportunities coming up in our next four games,” Pearl pointed out. “Everyone is under 100. Middle is at 97, Mercer is at 77, Xavier is at two and New Mexico is at 31 as of now.

“Those are all moving targets, but they give you a little bit of an idea of where we are,” sahs Auburn’s second-year head coach, whose team's RPI is in the 120s.

“MTSU will be a road game, Mercer is at home, Xavier is away and New Mexico will be a neutral site game so in addition to the math of their RPIs, that fact that three of the four are on the road or neutral is a really good opportunity for our team,” he points out.

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Coach Bruce Pearl's Tigers are averaging 90.2 points per game.

Pearl’s Tigers will bring a 4-1 record into Saturday’s contest after being off since defeating Coastal Carolina 81-78 in a road game on Dec. 2nd.

Middle Tennessee has a 5-2 record that includes three victories on the way to winning the Great Alaska Shootout with a 78-70 victory over Toledo in the finals. The Blue Raiders played last Saturday, taking a 68-55 home win over South Alabama.

The Tigers won last year’s game vs. Middle Tennessee State 64-48 at Auburn Arena and are 3-0 all-time vs. the Blue Raiders.

Auburn will play its only home game in the month of December on Tuesday at 8 p.m. vs. Mercer. The following Saturday the Tigers will be in Cincinnati for a rematch with an Xavier team they upset last year.

The Tigers will wrap up their December schedule in Hawaii at an eight-team tournament that starts on Dec. 22nd with a game vs. New Mexico.

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