Paladins Next For Barbee's Basketball Tigers

The Auburn basketball team returns to action with a Saturday night home game vs. Furman.

Auburn, Ala.--Tony Barbee's Tigers will continue to try to work their way back to the .500 mark as they play host to the Furman Paladins on Saturday at the Auburn Arena.

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. as a pair of 3-5 teams match up. Both are coming into the game following wins. Furman defeated Presbyterian 81-57 on Sunday. On Tuesday night the Tigers ended a four-game losing streak with a 92-42 victory over Grambling State.

"Furman is going to come in here and be a confident team," Barbee says. "They have played well at times. They just played a really good game against Presbyterian where they shot 32 threes and made 15 of them.

"We are going to go out there and take away the three-point line and make everything really difficult on them," Barbee said of Auburn's opponent from the Southern Conference.

The Tigers are coming off a strong shooting performance themselves from three-point range. Auburn hit 11 of 24 treys vs. Grambling State.

The Paladins are led by twins Colin Reddick and Charlie Reddick from Powder Springs, Ga. Colin, a 6-9, 240 senior forward , is averaging 10.8 points and 7.0 rebounds while Charlie, a 6-5 junior guard, is averaging 9.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.

Senior guard Frankie Sullivan leads the Tigers and the SEC with an average of 18.5 points per game. Auburn got a boost at the guard position this week with the return of junior Chris Denson, who was academically ineligible for the first semester.

Denson made 5-6 field goals as a starter on Tuesday night and finished with 13 points. Jordan Price and Noel Johnson led the Tigers in scoring with 14 points apiece while Sullivan and Rob Chubb added 10 points each.

"I am happy for Chris that he has been able to refocus," Barbee said. "He put academics on top. He met a very high bar academically in the first semester."

Chris Denson was a part-time starter last season.

The coach added that he has challenged the junior to avoid further problems in the classroom. "I want to see him perform the way he did academically year-round," Barbee said. "Obviously, from a basketball perspective, we all see what he brings to the team. He is another guy who can get buckets. He can score in a variety of ways."

Game Notes: Fans who bring an unwrapped toy to donate for Toys for Tots will receive admission for the Furman game. The same offer applies to the Auburn women's game on Sunday at 2 p.m. vs. Temple. The AU women's team is off to a 7-2 start. Toy donations will be accepted at the main arena entrance and at the scholarship entrance at Auburn Arena...Auburn leads the series vs. Furman 3-1. The last time the teams played was an 85-74 Auburn victory in November 2004...Auburn's 50-point margin of victory vs. Grambling was the second largest for an SEC team this season behind 52 by Kentucky in a 101-49 victory vs. LaFayette.

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