Auburn is still establishing its identity under Bruce Pearl. The second-year Tigers coach took another step toward building the culture of his program Saturday.
The Tigers suspended leading scorer Kareem Canty for conduct detrimental to the team. The decision, announced before Saturday’s game at Georgia, takes 18.6 points and 5.3 assists per game out of the lineup, marking a significant loss in production for Pearl’s group.
“Kareem has had some strong moments for our team this season,” Pearl said. “He has demonstrated that at the highest level of competition, he can win his matchup.
“However, his effort and attitude have been extremely inconsistent, which led to actions and behavior that are unacceptable. He will step away from the team for a while and may return later in the season. He is suspended indefinitely.”
Pearl will take an unorthodox method into replacing Canty. Six-foot-seven, 260-pound Cinmeon Bowers will start at point guard for the Tigers. Bowers is averaging 1.4 assists per game this season, so this is going to be an interesting strategy for Auburn and worth watching.