Three keys: Alabama at Auburn 

February, 7, 2012
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- For the University of Alabama, the good feelings surrounding back-to-back wins and a shot at in-state rival Auburn on Tuesday were tamped down somewhat with news of the indefinite suspension of star forward Tony Mitchell on Monday.

Alabama (15-7, 4-4) will have to travel to Auburn without its second-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder due to the suspension. The Tide must show poise in his absence and continue to build upon wins over Ole Miss and Arkansas.

“It’s a game-by-game thing,” Alabama coach Anthony Grant said of the team’s confidence heading into the matchup against Auburn. “I think we have to be able to stay in the present. We lost four games in a row, and as bad as it was, it wasn’t as bad as it was made out to be. When we won our first seven, it wasn’t as good as it was made out to be. That’s what happens over the course of the season. We have to be able to stay in the present and understand what allows us a chance to have success. A lot of things we have to do involve the focus, the intensity, the passion and the understanding in terms of what it takes to get a team win, and to win in the SEC.”

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