Streaking Vandy Visiting Auburn

Auburn, Ala.--Tony Barbee's Tigers will be looking for their third conference win on Saturday while the visiting Vanderbilt Commodores will be looking to improve their NCAA Tournament resume in an SEC basketball contest at the Auburn Arena.

Tipoff for the game is set for 3 p.m. CST as the Tigers take on a team that is looking for its fifth straight victory. The Commodores are 19-7 overall and 7-4 in the SEC led by 6-4, 220 guard John Jenkins, the SEC's leading scorer with an average of 19.8 points per game.

"The thing that they are doing is they are making timely threes, which shows their experience," Barbee says of the Commodores. "They are averaging 76 points a game during their winning streak.

"They are really scoring the ball and are knocking on 80 points a game over the last nine games," the coach adds. "I think they are starting to peak at the right time heading into March."

Barbee's Tigers, who were playing their best basketball of the season, saw that change on Wednesday at Ole Miss as they suffered their worst loss of the season, a 90-59 drubbing. That dropped the record to 9-16 overall and 2-9 in the SEC.

"You just have to chalk it up as a loss, move on from it and try to learn," Barbee says of his team's loss to Ole Miss. "It was just one of those games where they played exceptionally well and we played very poorly."

Vanderbilt's size could give Auburn problems. Jeffery Taylor, a 6-7 junior forward from Sweden, is averaging 14.3 points and 5.6 rebounds.

Center Festus Ezeli, a 6-11, 255 junior from Nigeria, is averaging 12.6 points and 6.4 rebounds.

Off the bench forward Lance Goulbourne, a 6-8, 230 junior, is averaging 7.0 points and 6.9 rebounds. Another sub, 6-9, 245 forward Steve Tchiengang from Cameroon, is scoring 5.4 points per contest and pulling in 3.2 rebounds.

Starting guard Brad Tinsley, a 6-3, 210 junior, leads the SEC in assists with 4.5 per game and is also averaging 10.6 points and 4.1 rebounds.

Earnest Ross passes the ball for Auburn.

Earnest Ross, a 6-5 sophomore guard, leads the Tigers in scoring with 13.3 points per game and he is the top rebounder with 6.7 per contest.

The game will be televised on the SEC Network.

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