Grambling Up Next For Barbee's Tigers

The Auburn basketball team begins a December homestand on Tuesday night as the Tigers look to snap a four-game losing streak.

Auburn, Ala.--Following a 10-day layoff for final exams and regrouping both offensively and defensively, Tony Barbee will send his Tigers on to the court for the first of four consecutive home games with a Tuesday night contest vs. winless Grambling State.

Auburn, which is 2-5, has not played since losing at home on Nov. 30th, falling 80-76 to DePaul in the SEC-Big East Challenge.

"We had things that we could work on and that was good for us," Barbee said. "We got in some good practices and the guys cleared their head and prepared for exams. We also were able to prepare on the basketball court to get better.

"Hopefully, this break will help us as we prepare or Grambling State and where we go from here," Barbee added.

Grambling is led by 6-4 freshman guard Terry Rose, who is averaging 16.5 points per contest. However, no other player is scoring in double figures for a team that is 0-6 this season with all of the games being played on the road. The most recent setback was Saturday night, an 85-54 loss vs. Oregon.

The Auburn vs. Grambling game will tip off at 7 p.m. CST at the Auburn Arena. No television coverage is planned for the contest.

Coach Tony Barbee

"Grambling is a team that likes to get out in transition," Barbee said. "They like to get easy baskets off steals. Their leading scorer, Terry Rose, is averaging 16 points, and he is their best three-point shooter. We will need to pay attention to him. They are not a big team, but they are very quick and small and try to beat you off the dribble."

Auburn and Grambling have played four times with the Tigers winning each contest. The most recent meeting was a 98-59 decision in December of 1987.

Auburn comes into this year's contest with a four-game losing streak. The Tigers' last victory was a road win on Nov. 16th vs. College of Charleston.

Frankie Sullivan leads the Auburn Tigers in scoring at 19.7 points per contest. Rob Chubb is the top rebounder at 8.4 per contest and the No. 2 scorer at 10.3 points per game.

Barbee is hoping to get 6-2 junior guard Chris Denson into the mix for the first time this season when the Tigers play Grambling. A part-time starter last season, Denson was academically ineligible for classes during fall semester.


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