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March 11, 2013

Barbee still optimistic about foundation at Auburn

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Denson said he hasn't heard any talk about leaving in the locker room. He and Sullivan both said one problem has been players buying into what Barbee preaches and dealing with his sometimes blunt manner.

"He's a great coach and people just weren't buying in to what he was saying, but I think that all comes to maturity," Denson said. "We've got a lot of young guys on the team so we're looking to build that up next year."

Then again, there's no sugarcoating the present.

"It's been worse than what the numbers indicate for us, especially when you're used to winning or you want to win so badly," Sullivan said. "Nobody wants to be in last place, but it is what it is. Now we've got to go into the SEC Tournament and play our hearts out."

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