Tigers Hit the Road for Hoops at USF

The Auburn basketball Tigers will play in Tampa on Wednesday vs. South Florida.

Auburn, Ala.--Coach Tony Barbee's Tigers will be in Tampa on Wednesday night for their first true road game of the year when they take on the University of South Florida Bulls.

The Bulls, who are 5-5 overall under the direction of former Arkansas head coach Stan Heath, have been tougher to beat at home with a 4-1 mark at the Sun Dome. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. CST with television coverage on ESPNU.

Coach Stan Heath

"Like I've said, I don't think it matters whether you are at home or on the road or you are playing in the park," Barbee says. "You still have to play the game. It doesn't matter. You shouldn't be affected by who is in the crowd."

Both teams are coming into the contest following a loss. Auburn, which is 3-5, fell 63-54 on Saturday to Rutgers in the SEC-Big East Challenge at Pittsburgh. South Florida, which plays in the Big East Conference, lost 56-51 on Sunday at Kent State.

"They are a good team and obviously the main concern when you look at South Florida and prepare for them is their size," Barbee said. "They have tremendous size and depth across the front line with five guys 6-9 or better. It is scary when you think about how we struggled on the backboard in the last game vs. Rutgers."

Jawanza Poland, a 6-4, 200 sophomore guard, leads USF in scoring at 10.9 points per game. Augustus Gilchrist, a 6-10, 245 junior, is scoring 10.7 points per game and adding 6.1 rebounds. Ron Anderson Jr., a 6-8, 255 junior forward, is scoring 9.8 points and leads the Bulls in rebounds with 7.6 per game.

Auburn leads the series 4-0 and is 2-0 vs. USF?in games played in Tampa.

Andre Malone, who is averaging 13.3 points per game, leads the Tigers in scoring while Earnest Ross is contributing 11.8 points and a team-high 7.5 rebounds.

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