Porter Moser discusses the daunting task of facing No. 1 Auburn on Saturday
Porter Moser and Oklahoma bring the latest test for No. 1 Auburn this week as part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, as the Tigers look to move to 11-0 at home.
The Tigers survived a scare earlier this week against Missouri when K.D. Johnson scored 17 points, including 5 straight within in the final 1:30 as Auburn prevailed 55-54 on Tuesday night in the program’s first-ever game as the nation’s top-ranked team.
Now Moser is ready to bring Oklahoma to Auburn, and he understands what’s ahead.
“We know it’s one of the most hostile environments in the country…There’s a reason Auburn is one,” he said. “They have multiple weapons. It’s a little tricky when you have 7’1 and 6’10 in terms of switching stuff. Bruce (Pearl) does an unbelievable job of spacing the floor and putting his players in great positions. He really does a good job.”
The Sooners are 13-7 overall, including 2-3 on the road, and 3-5 in the Big 12. The key players are Auburn’s
Jabari Smith, who averages 15.2 points while shooting 40.8 percent from beyond the arc. Wendell Green Jr. is shooting 39.6% and averaging 9.3 points over the past 10 games for Auburn.
Umoja Gibson averages 12.4 points and 1.6 steals for Oklahoma.
As for a bounce back game, Pearl said after the Missouri win that Auburn played hard, but not very well.
“We didn’t play very well and we didn’t play a great team, but they score (an average of) 72 points at home, and they scored 54 tonight,” Pearl said, per the Associated Press. “For us to hold that team 18 points under their average at home, that tells you that obviously we took them seriously. To get 25 offensive rebounds, we obviously played hard. We just didn’t play very well, and they had a lot to do with it. It’s not that we weren’t ready to play.”
H/T Justin Hokanson.