Sullivan ready to face Hogs
BY AP Wire Service
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
2/13/13 at 5:25 AM
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn coach Tony Barbee had seen enough after a sequence when Frankie Sullivan committed a flagrant foul and missed a layup midway through the second half against Kentucky.
Sullivan headed to the bench and didn't return. Barbee is hoping the message got through to the team's leading scorer and most experienced player.
"He hasn't been playing well, so I've got to do something to get his attention," Barbee said about the slumping Sullivan. "He didn't play well in the Kentucky game, made some bad decisions offensively and made some bad decisions defensively, so it's time to look at somebody else at that position."
It remains to be seen whether that decision carries over into Wednesday night's game between the Tigers (9-14, 3-7) and Arkansas (14-9, 5-5) for Sullivan, who has started every game this season.
Sullivan had 26 points in a double-overtime loss to the Razorbacks a few weeks ago, but hasn't been the same since. The shooting guard is averaging 11.1 points over the last seven games, dropping his scoring average 17.8 points a game to 15.7.
Of more concern for Auburn, he has made just 23 percent (9-of-39) 3-pointers and hit 30.5 percent from the floor (25-of-82) since the first meeting.
Arkansas coach Mike Anderson is hoping Sullivan doesn't snap out of it just yet.
"It's about not making shots. He made shots the time we played them," Anderson said. "Hopefully we can keep it where he's not making them. ... But he is a scorer. And one thing about scorers, they find a way to score."
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