What makes Auburn basketball so good, according to Memphis coach Penny Hardaway, is its toughness.

“Any Bruce Pearl team you’re gonna face, you know it’s gonna be about physicality, toughness and defense,” Hardaway said Thursday. “So, you have to outlast them at the physicality game. Play as hard as you can, because they’re relentless. They’re gonna keep coming at you.”

The Tigers (7-2) will find out whether they’re tougher than Auburn (8-0) at State Farm Arena in Atlanta on Saturday (4 p.m., ESPN2). The neutral-site game is part of the Holiday Hoopsgiving event, the same one Memphis and Auburn participated in two years ago when they met on the same floor. Auburn won that matchup 74-71.

This time, both teams are much different. Memphis did not have Kendric Davis (17.4 ppg) nor DeAndre Williams (14.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg). Auburn did not have Wendell Green Jr. (13.4 ppg) nor Johni Broome (10.9 ppg, 3.4 bpg). But both teams’ DNA has largely gone unchanged.

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“They’re really good in transition,” Hardaway said of Auburn. “Another thing, they overplay the passing lanes, so we have to be patient. They’re gonna get out in the passing lanes and play very aggressive. So, those two things worry me a little bit. If we’re patient and we get back in transition, we can have success in some areas.”

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What makes Auburn basketball so good, according to Memphis coach Penny Hardaway, is its toughness.

“Any Bruce Pearl team you’re gonna face, you know it’s gonna be about physicality, toughness and defense,” Hardaway said Thursday. “So, you have to outlast them at the physicality game. Play as hard as you can, because they’re relentless. They’re gonna keep coming at you.”

The Tigers (7-2) will find out whether they’re tougher than Auburn (8-0) at State Farm Arena in Atlanta on Saturday (4 p.m., ESPN2). The neutral-site game is part of the Holiday Hoopsgiving event, the same one Memphis and Auburn participated in two years ago when they met on the same floor. Auburn won that matchup 74-71.

This time, both teams are much different. Memphis did not have Kendric Davis (17.4 ppg) nor DeAndre Williams (14.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg). Auburn did not have Wendell Green Jr. (13.4 ppg) nor Johni Broome (10.9 ppg, 3.4 bpg). But both teams’ DNA has largely gone unchanged.

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“They’re really good in transition,” Hardaway said of Auburn. “Another thing, they overplay the passing lanes, so we have to be patient. They’re gonna get out in the passing lanes and play very aggressive. So, those two things worry me a little bit. If we’re patient and we get back in transition, we can have success in some areas.”

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