Auburn, Ala.--Freshman forward Anfernee McLemore points out a goal for the Auburn basketball team is to approach Saturday evening’s game vs. Ole Miss with urgency as the Tigers look to snap a two-game losing streak.
After dropping to 0-2 in the SEC following a disappointing all-around performance on Wednesday night in an 80-61 loss at Vanderbilt, Coach Bruce Pearl lectured his players at great length following the game that dropped the Tigers to 10-4 overall.
“The message was come out ready to play, prepare ourselves better and have a different kind of mindset coming into the next game,” McLemore said. “I feel like we prepared well, but we didn’t come out ready to execute. We are on the right track now.”
How accurate McLemore’s assessment about being on the right track is will be tested by Ole Miss. The Rebels and Tigers will play at 5 p.m. CST on Saturday at Auburn Arena where the visitors will also be trying to snap a two-game losing streak. The Rebels, who are 9-5, are coming off a 70-63 road loss on Tuesday vs. Florida, but have won their last eight games vs. the Tigers.
McLemore, who is six-foot-seven, 217 pounds from Worth County, Ga., High School, is averaging 3.4 points and 3.3 rebounds as a backup at forward and center. He has won praise from his head coach, Bruce Pearl, for his intensity while averaging 11 minutes of playing time per contest.
Asked if his team needs to come out with more energy vs. Ole Miss than it did at Vandy, the freshman said, “Absolutely. You have to execute on both ends of the floor to get your game running both offensively and defensively. I feel like once we learn that we need to do it on both ends of the floor we will have a complete game.”
Saturday’s contest will televised by the SEC Network. McLemore notes it is a game the Tigers really need to win, but added it won’t be easy.
“I know that we have our backs against the wall and whoever comes out swinging first will end up playing better,”?he said. “They have some players that we have to take into account in scouting and make sure we know where they are at in scouting. We just got to pay attention to our scouting report and come out ready to play.”