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Cinco de Starters-o: Auburn Tigers

Muchos apologies-o for the oversight last weekend. Chances are, you didn’t even realize this post was missing! Truth told, it was the fault of your chosen king, Sir Thomas Beisner. See, I informed him late Saturday that I would be unable to complete the post, and he responded by making numerous sex jokes. He also mentioned that he would handle the post…then he made some more sex jokes. Anyway, he failed you, and I hate to say we told you so.

Actually, I don’t hate saying that. It felt really good coming out of my mouth. Let’s see your man Beisner make a joke out of that!

But that’s behind us. We must look to the future at the suddenly-fierce Tigers of Auburn University. Jeff Lebo’s squad narrowly lost to Florida a week ago, and they are coming off a win over intrastate rival Alabama. They’re a cool 11-6 on the season, though they are only 1-2 on the road, with the lone win coming over Virginia—who sucks. They start four guards, and probably resort to ball-pressure and outside shooting for W’s. I don’t really know. I’ve never seen them play.

War Eagles, your…Tigers:

#1 Korvotney Barber, 6’7”, F, Senior

2008-09 Stats: 12.9 ppg, 8.7 rpg

Dwight Perry

Barber is arguably Auburn’s finest player, tallying five double-doubles on the year, and ripping down 18 boards against South Carolina. He’s not a threat to shoot, though he’s still able to get points down low, despite his size. He missed half of last season with a broken hand, and he’s returned this year with a vengeance…kind of. When asked to describe himself in three words for his profile on Auburn’s athletics website, he responded with: “obedient.” Not THAT obedient, apparently.

#12 DeWayne Reed, 6’1”, G, Junior

2008-09 Stats: 13.4 ppg, 3.8 apg

Dwight Perry

Reed is a solid scorer who can really get after the guards on the defensive end. He’s had spurts of scoring outbursts, as he’s gone for 20+ five times this year, and three times in succession. He had 19 this weekend against ‘Bama, and 21 against USC a week or so ago. He has a bit of a turnover problem, though. Oh, when asked what superhero he would be (you know, if he were 8 or something), he answered: “Dawayne Reed.” Which, ironically, is his name, though spelled differently.

#21 Rasheem Barrett, 6’5”, G, Senior

2008-09 Stats: 6.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg

Dwight Perry

This guy, actually, might not start. However, it appears that his first start came against Alabama, a game that was won by the Tigers. Therefore, if Lebo is a man of superstition, Barrett will again be in the starting five. He randomly doesn’t play at all in some games, and I’m too lazy to look up why. We’ll go with diarrhea. He’s had a couple of games in double figures, but he also has games where he doesn’t score at all. He didn’t have to answer the stupid questions from the Auburn Athletic Department—probably due to the diarrhea.

#23 Quantez Robertson, 6’3”, G, Senior

2008-09 Stats: 6.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg

Dwight Perry

If Robertson starts each game this season, he will have started every game in his career at Auburn. He’s a better outside shooter than he’s shown thus far this year, as he’s only shooting 19% from deep. In fact, he’s struggled scoring overall. He was SEC All-Freshman in his first year, and if scoring averages are any indication, he’s gotten progressively worse since then. He’s also a PB & J man—nothing wrong with that.

#24 Tay Waller, 6’2”, G, Junior

2008-09: 12.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg

Dwight Perry

Waller joined the Tigers this year, transferring in from a junior college. He’s a streaky outside shooter and scorer, though he was 6-8 from 3 against ‘Bama going for 22. Hopefully, his streak has ended. He was one of the country’s finest outside shooters in the JC ranks. Since he was a year behind Korvotney Barber in high school at Manchester (GA) High, I assume they were fairly good. Probably not better than Norcross! Am I right!? Alright, what the hell am I talking about? Let’s move on.

Key Reserves:

Lucas Hargrove, F, Junior: This guy might start, especially if the Tigers are needing some size.

Frankie Sullivan, G, Freshman: Sullivan was a highly-rated recruit out of high school, but no one takes him seriously because he shares his name with either a Joe Pesci character or a small child.

As you can see, these Tigers are experienced, starting three seniors and two juniors…the game’s at 9 p.m. on Raycom, or it can be seen on Yahoo! or ESPN360…’Cats are favored by 13

Article written by Evan Hilbert