Lebo's Tigers Getting Ready For Exhibition Opener

Auburn will play its first exhibition game on Friday night at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

Auburn, Ala.--With the exhibition opener scheduled for Friday evening, new Auburn head men's basketball coach Jeff Lebo says he has seen some encouraging signs from his undersized basketball team.

"Our effort has been there and when we scrimmaged Chattanooga we did some good things," Lebo tells Inside the Auburn Tigers.

"But, we are limited in a lot of ways. I thought we played extremely hard. We passed the ball well and were unselfish. We just have to execute and we have to be perfect almost in what we do because we are so different."

The Tigers are so different, it will be normal to see four guards in the lineup together and at times there could be five guards on the floor.

Coach Jeff Lebo (in white inside circle) makes several points to his team at practice.

Lebo says that because of the lack of size, the Tigers will need to take advantage of the three-point shot. "We took a lot of perimeter shots," he notes of his team's play in the scrimmages vs. Chattanooga, the team he coached last year. "We have to make shots. That is who we are and what we are. We took a lot, but but didn't make a lot.

"We shot better in the morning (scrimmage vs. Chattanooga) than the afternoon," Lebo points out. "Overall, we did some good things going out for our first time playing. I thought our quickness bothered them a little bit at times. We are trying to get them to understand what their identity is and how we are going have to play to have a chance.

"We have got to play smarter and execute better. We have to get into great shape to hit shots when we are fatigued because we are not going to be incredibly deep."

The Tigers will take on Lee University on Friday at 7 p.m. at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum in an exhibition game. Admission is free and fans are asked to bring canned goods to donate to the East Alabama Food Bank.

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