Barbee Considering Different Look

Auburn coach Tony Barbee says he may try a bigger lineup as the Tigers take on a 16-2 Ole Miss team on Saturday night.

Auburn, Ala.--Tony Barbee doesn't like to tinker with his starting lineup when his team is playing well, but with the Tigers trying to break out of a losing streak that is up to three games the Auburn basketball coach said fans could see a different look on Saturday night vs. Ole Miss.

Early in the season Barbee briefly experimented with using his two centers, six-foot-ten senior Rob Chubb and seven-foot junior Asauhn Dixon-Tatum, in the lineup at the same time

"We have been talking about it, as a staff, looking for anything right now that can spark this team," Barbee said about the possibility of playing Dixon-Tatum with Chubb. "We have gotten into a little bit of a rut so it could be something we see this game."

Dixon-Tatum shoots vs. Kentucky last Saturday.

Chubb is averaging 10.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game while Dixon-Tatum is contributing 4.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per contest off the bench.

Asked what he thinks about the possibility of playing two centers together, Chubb said, "I would love it because then it would be me or him against their four (power forward) or secondary five man (center)."

Chubb said that if he blocks out the opposing team's big man, Dixon-Tatum's size and jumping ability should let the junior pull in a lot of rebounds. Lack of rebounds was a problem on Wednesday night as the Tigers lost at Vandy. "It would definitely be advantageous to us," Chubb added.

Another senior, guard Frankie Sullivan, said he likes the idea of playing the centers together. "It would definitely help us tremendously on the boards," he said. "I am all for the big lineup. We played it last year and it helped us out a lot, especially when we can drop down into the zone having two big guys like that rebounding the ball helping us out."

Barbee said he is hoping to see more production from junior guard Chris Denson and freshman guard Jordan Price, who have not been effective in the last two games since returning from foot injuries.

"Trying to get those guys back in a rhythm has hurt us a little bit in terms of our chemistry after inserting them," the coach said. "It was probably more on me than them. I probably shouldn't have played them the last two games. They are saying they are ready, but as I watch them on tape they weren't ready physically in terms of being game-sharp ready.

"I probably should have stayed with the lineup we had been going with, but we have got to get those guys back and get them going for us to make a run here down the stretch," Barbee added, noting the two guards were combining for 23 points per game at the time of their injuries.

Tipoff for Saturday's game is set for 7 p.m. CST at the Auburn Arena. The contest will be televised by Fox Sports South.

The Rebels come into the contest with a 16-2 overall record and a 5-0 mark in SEC play after defeating Tennessee 62-56 on Thursday night.

Leading the way are 6-7, 240 center Murphy Holloway, who is averaging a double-double for points and rebounds, and Marshall Henderson, a six-foot-two juco transfer who is leading the league in scoring at better than 19 points per contest. He finished with 28 vs. Tennessee in his last outing to lead a comeback victory for the Rebels vs. the visiting Vols.

Murphy Holloway is a veteran performer for the Rebels.

Reginald Buckner, a 6-9, 235 senior, is averaging close to a double-double for points and rebounds and Nick Williams, a 6-4, 212 guard, provides offensive spark off the bench, averaging just over 10 points per contest.

Barbee said he is impressed with veterans Holloway and Buckner, who he noted seem like they have played at Ole Miss for a very long time.

He also said he likes how sophomore Jarvis Summers directs the team. "Summers is just solid at the point and what Henderson has brought to their team has just been immense," the coach said. "Not only do they have one of the best front lines in the country, they have a dynamic scorer who is capable of going and getting 40 at any point."

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