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Men's College Basketball
Northwestern St. at Auburn
When: 8:30 PM ET, Friday, November 27, 2015
Where: Auburn Arena, Auburn, Alabama

Auburn finishes up its season-opening four-game homestand Friday, when it hosts non-conference foe Northwestern State. Bruce Pearl’s squad has been up and down thus far, going 2-1 with some inconsistent performances, but a 30-point victory over Georgia Southern in their last outing has the Tigers feeling confident.

Offense hasn’t been a problem, with the team averaging 83.7 points and four players – led by Kareem Canty’s 19.3 – averaging double figures in scoring. But the defense needs to improve as opponents have averaged 75.7 points, including a 91-point effort by Colorado in Auburn’s only loss. Northwestern State picked up its first win of the season on Wednesday, getting past Louisiana College by six points at home, and still is trying to overcome the loss of point guard Jalan West, who is out for the year with a torn ACL after scoring 25 points in his only game of the season. Zeek Woodley - the nation's top returning scorer - has been good this year, averaging 22.8 points, but his worst scoring effort was in the lone win, when freshman Ishmael Lane went for a season-high 25 points.

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network

ABOUT NORTHWESTERN STATE (1-4): It's been a learning process for Northwestern State after preparing for the season with West running the team and losing him in the closing minute of the season-opening loss to Ole Miss. The Demons possess plenty of scorers, but having an experienced playmaker to run the offense certainly is an advantage - especially one of the best in the country. Northwestern State may have begun to put things together in Wednesday's victory, with junior guard Sabri Thompson dishing out a career-best six assists as the team shot 51 percent from the field.

ABOUT AUBURN (2-1): The Tigers are looking forward to the return of true freshman New Williams, who went through a non-contact practice Wednesday - his first since injuring his left knee two weeks ago. Williams was impressive in the preseason, scoring 18 points with four 3-pointers against Brevard College and pleasing the fans with his dunking ability, and his return would give Auburn another wing shooter. "The fans already love him, so he's going to bring a lot of energy," guard T.J. Dunans said of Williams. "When he comes back, we're really going to be rolling then. He really can shoot the ball."


1. Canty ranks fourth in the SEC in scoring and second in both assists per game (5.3) and free-throw percentage (.917).

2. Auburn is 15-3 against teams from the Southland Conference, but Northwestern State won the only meeting between the schools in November 2013.

3. Tigers freshman F Horace Spencer is averaging three blocks over 20 minutes per game, tying him for first in the SEC.

PREDICTION: Auburn 81, Northwestern State 64
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Northwestern St. 1-4 W1 1-2 0-2 0-0 0-1 1-3 0-0
Auburn 2-1 W1 2-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 2-0 0-0
Last Meeting
Northwestern St. Auburn
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/15/13 NWST 111 AUB 92 111 38 50.0 92 42 45.7
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Northwestern St. J. West 30 66.7 5
Auburn C. Denson 29 66.7 3
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Northwestern St. J. West 9 2 7
Auburn C. Denson 9 2 7
Assists Player  
Northwestern St. J. West 6
Auburn C. Denson 5
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Northwestern St. Z. Woodley 114 50.6 27
Auburn K. Canty 58 43.9 11
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Northwestern St. Z. Woodley 31 9 22
Auburn T. Harris 24 9 15
Assists Player  
Northwestern St. D. Hall 25
Auburn K. Canty 15
Quickchart Matchup
blue bar Northwestern St. Off vs  red bar Auburn Defense
blue bar 60.7 Points For
red bar 75.7 Points Against
blue bar 38.0 FG%
red bar 43.8 FG%
blue bar 28.0 Reb
red bar 34.3 Reb
red bar Auburn Off vs  blue bar Northwestern St. Defense
red bar 83.7 Points For
blue bar 77.0 Points Against
red bar 46.3 FG%
blue bar 44.1 FG%
red bar 34.3 Reb
blue bar 39.7 Reb