Auburn coach notes importance of perimeter shooting vs. UK

Auburn Coach Tony Barbee noted the importance of perimeter shooting against Kentucky. His Tigers played at UK on Saturday.
Nerlens Noel, who leads the nation in blocks, and 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein make scoring around the basket a challenge, Barbee said.
That makes jump shooting — from mid-range and beyond the three-point line — a necessity, he said.
“At the end of the day, you have to make jump shots,” Barbee said Thursday, “because that’s what they’re going to give you.”
Auburn missed all 15 of its three-points when the teams played last month. UK won by 22 points.
“Like the first game, if you don’t make them, you don’t win,” Barbee said.
Barbee said Auburn had “a ton” of open shots in the first game against Kentucky. “Hopefully, we’ll shoot it better,” he said.
Auburn snapped a six-game losing streak Wednesday by beating arch-rival Alabama 49-37.
Frankie Sullivan, who led Auburn in scoring going into the game, made only one of 13 shots. He called it “like a desperation-win for us.”