Tigers Making Road Trip to Face Tide

Tony Barbee's Tigers will hit the road for a Wednesday night road test.

Auburn, Ala.--After playing the hottest basketball team in the SEC East, the Auburn Tigers will take on the hottest team in the SEC West when Tony Barbee's Tigers travel to Tuscaloosa to take on Alabama.

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Coleman Coliseum where the Tide will be looking to win for the ninth time in its last 10 games. Coach Anthony Grant's team is 18-8 overall and 10-2 in the SEC.

Auburn, which is coming off a 77-60 home loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday, is 9-17 overall and 2-10 in the SEC. In the first meeting between the teams this year the Tide won 68-58 at the Auburn Arena.

Tony Mitchell, a 6-6, 210 sophomore forward, leads the Tide in scoring with 16.1 points per game and he is pulling in 7.2 rebounds.

Forward JaMychal Green, a 6-8 junior, is the top rebounder at 7.6 per contest and is scoring 16.0 points per contest.

Trevor Releford, a 6-1, 180 freshman guard, is scoring 10.6 points and dishing out 3.7 assists per game.

"They are playing as well as any team in our league," Barbee says. "Anthony has them playing hard and aggressive defensively. You talk about that frontline with Mitchell and Green and how well they are playing.

"Releford is really doing a great job of running the show so it is always going to be a hard game going on the road, especially over in Tuscaloosa with the way their crowd is," Barbee says.

Coach Tony Barbee's Tigers have four regular season games remaining.

The Tigers will try to end a two-game losing skid and move out of last place in the SEC West where they are tied with LSU.

"It has kind of been the same thing all year," Barbee says. "Offensively, we struggle so much scoring the ball that when we go through that drought that inevitably seems to come every game teams are so good in this league that you are not going to hold them scoreless.

"Through the first 12 minutes of the Ole Miss game this past week it was 15-13," Barbee points out. "We struggled to score. We held them as well, but they went on that run and we couldn't answer offensively.

"It was the same thing in the Vanderbilt game," Barbee adds. "We played well, at least defensively, in the first half to give ourselves a chance, but in the second half they got going offensively.

"We just couldn't get on track offensively so it has kind of been the same thing all year long. The offense has really hurt us in terms of being able to stay in the game, but that is to be expected against high level teams that you face every night in this league."

In the first game vs. the ‘Tide this season, Alabama led 51-49 with 5:07 to play before the Tigers went more than four minutes without scoring to allow the Tide to pull away for the victory.

Auburn's Earnest Ross led all scorers that night with 20 points and was the top rebounder with 13. Green and Mitchell led the Tide with 15 points apiece and each player finished with six rebounds vs. the Tigers.

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