Tigers Look to Send Out Seniors On High Note

The Auburn men's basketball team faces LSU in the regular season finale on Senior Day on Saturday.

Auburn, Ala.--After a hard-fought but disappointing loss to Alabama Wednesday, the Auburn men's basketball team will try to send its four seniors out on a high note for Senior Day on Saturday in a rematch against LSU at the Auburn Arena.

Kenny Gabriel, Adrian Forbes, Tony Neysmith and walk-on Jake Drum will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony for Senior Day.

Gabriel, who is averaging 12.1 points and a team-high 7.7 rebounds a game, has been a leader for the Tigers on and off the court after transferring to Auburn from Paris (Texas) Junior College in 2009.

"He has been a really important part of what we do as far as his leadership role, the type of young man he is on and off the court," said Auburn coach Tony Barbee. "He is a really good basketball player with a high basketball IQ. He has been a joy for us to watch grow and mature. He is going to be successful with whatever he does in life."

Auburn (14-15, 4-11) will face an LSU team (17-12, 7-8) that has dropped its last two games after winning four in a row. LSU defeated Auburn 65-58 in overtime in Baton Rouge Jan. 17.

"LSU is a very good team," noted Barbee. "I know they have lost two in a row at Ole Miss on the road and to Tennessee in overtime. I know they are disappointed in that, but they have really been playing well with 17 wins overall and 7-8 in the league. This is going to be a tough matchup because they have some really talented players."

The Tigers will face a towering duo in 7-foot center Justin Hamilton and 6-9 forward Johnny O'Bryant. Hamilton is leading the Bengal Tigers in scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.3 points and 7.3 rebounds a game. O'Bryant, who did not play in the first matchup between the Tigers in January, contributes 8.5 points and 6.7 rebounds a game for the Bengal Tigers.

"He is a big body who can play inside and step outside and shoot it to 15 to 17 feet," said Barbee of O'Bryant. "He is a really good offensive rebounder and a talented offensive player overall. It is going to be a tough matchup for our guys, but we will be ready."

The two sets of Tigers will square off at 1 p.m. CST Saturday at the Auburn Arena. The regular season finale will be televised on CBS.


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