TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama's Trevor Releford and Auburn's Chris Denson are having bittersweet senior seasons.
The two high-scoring guards head into Saturday's rivalry game in Tuscaloosa having the best year of their careers. But their teams have struggled to matching 5-10 Southeastern Conference records.
Denson leads the SEC in scoring at 20.4 points per game and is seeking to become the first Auburn player in 20 years to lead the league. He scored a career-high 32 points in the first meeting, a 74-55 Auburn victory and has added nearly nine points to last season's scoring average.
Releford's 18.9-point average is fifth in the league, and he's also in the top seven in five other categories.
Auburn coach Tony Barbee says Releford is "like a once-in-a-lifetime kind of point guard. He does everything well."