Kyle Davis Out Of Action After Surgery

Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn basketball team's starting center, <b>Kyle Davis</b>, is expected to be out of action for four weeks after having elbow surgery on Monday.

The 6-10 sophomore injured his elbow in practice last week and his absence was apparent in Auburn's 83-77 loss to Arkansas to open SEC play on Saturday. It was the most points allowed by the Tigers this season.

Davis is considered a key to Auburn's defense with his shot-blocking ability. He averages 3.5 blocks per game and alters many others. He is averaging 5.8 points and 5.5 rebounds.

The surgery was done by Dr. Larry Lemak and Dr. James Andrews on Monday at HealthSouth in Birmingham.

"Kyle is a key part of our defense and this is a blow to our team," Coach Cliff Ellis says. The Tigers were leading the SEC in scoring defense, allowing 59.4 points per game, prior to his injury. They were also leading the league in field goal defense (36.4 percent) and blocked shots (6.2 per game).

Senior Mack McGadney is starting at center with Davis out of action. McGadney is not yet full speed after having knee surgery in December of 2000.

The Tigers are 8-4 overall and 0-1 in the SEC as they prepare for a Wednesday game at Ole Miss. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. There is no TV coverage. The Tigers will be back home on Saturday vs. Alabama.

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