Slumping Teams to Meet at Auburn Arena

Auburn will close its men's hoops homestand with a Wednesday night visit from Texas A&M.

Auburn, Ala.--Texas A&M will make its first appearance at the Auburn Arena and just its third trip to Auburn for a basketball game as the Aggies take on the host Tigers at 7 p.m. CST on Wednesday.

Coach Billy Kennedy's Aggies will bring a 15-10 overall record and a 5-7 SEC mark into the contest. Slumping Auburn is 9-16 overall and 3-9 in the league. The Tigers are currently on a three-game losing streak and have just one win in their last 10 contests.

Auburn comes into the matchup following an 83-52 homecourt loss to Florida on Saturday. The Aggies, who fell 63-56 at Vandy on Saturday, are also slumping. They have lost seven of their last 10 games.

"Texas A&M has one of the best backcourts in the conference with (Fabyon) Harris and (Elston) Turner," Auburn coach Tony Barbee says. "It is going to be a challenging home game.

"They are coming off a loss to Vanderbilt so they are going to be looking to get back on track," the coach adds. "We are trying to get back on that winning track, and we have to start to take care of our homecourt."

Turner, a 6-5, 209 senior guard from Sacramento, Calif., is averaging 16.4 points per game for the Aggies, which ranks him fourth in the SEC. His father was a star player at Ole Miss who played eight seasons in the NBA.

Last week against the Rebels the senior set a Reed Arena record for a men's game with 37 points vs. Ole Miss. Turner made his first eight shots vs. his father's alma mater and finished the game with a career-best seven three-pointers. His jump shot with 16 seconds left was the winning margin in a 69-67 win vs. Ole Miss.

Elston Turner led the Aggies to a road win at Kentucky this season.

Harris, a 5-11, 173 junior guard from Chicago, is a transfer from Southern Idaho who is averaging 11.6 points per contest.

Rounding out the starting lineup is 6-9, 238 senior forward Kourtney Roberson (6.8 points, 6.8 rebounds per game), 6-9, 233 senior forward Ray Turner (9.6 points, 6.2 rebounds per game) and 6-5, 175 freshman Alex Caruso, a hometown product from College Station who is averaging 4.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists.

Slumping Seniors: Auburn's leading scorer, Frankie Sullivan who is averaging 15.2 points, is making just 37.9 percent of his field goals. In Auburn's last 10 games Sullivan is hitting just 34.9 percent of his shots.

Auburn's leading rebounder, Rob Chubb, is averaging 4.0 rebounds per contest in his last five outings. For the season his rebound average has dropped to 7.0 per game to go with 8.8 points per game. Since scoring in double figures in four consecutive games, Chubb has averaged just 4.9 points over the past seven games.

TV or Not TV: The game is available on the Auburn Radio Network and on-line at ESPN3, but there is no over the air television coverage.

End Of the Homestand: Wednesday's game will be a third straight for the Tigers at Auburn Arena. After playing the Aggies the next two games will be at Ole Miss and Alabama.

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