Hurtin' Hoopsters Looking to Rebound

Four injured Auburn players are trying to get well as the Tigers prepare for Wednesday night's home game.

Auburn, Ala.--Jeff Lebo's basketball Tigers will go into Wednesday night's home game vs. Southeastern Louisiana with more damage than just their wounded pride.

Although the Tigers will have had a 10-day layoff since being embarrassed at Pittsburgh 78-41 back on Dec. 4th, practice has taken a toll on the team.

Freshman forward Josh Dollard crashed into a table at practice and injured his hip. He is questionable for Wednesday's 8 p.m. CST tipoff vs. the 5-1 Lions. Dollard is averaging 10.4 points per game and 5.0 rebounds.

Junior guard Brett Howell continues to be plagued with a foot injury. He is scheduled to see the doctors again on Monday and it is questionable if he will be ready for action this week.

Another freshman forward, Rasheem Barrett, injured a knee in practice, but Lebo is hopeful he will be ready for action on Wednesday. He is averaging 6.8 points per contest.

Sophomore guard Frank Tolbert injured his thigh in practice, but is expected to be ready to play. Tolbert averages 6.6 points per contest.

Tipoff time is set for 8 p.m. and the game will be televised regionally by CSS.

Lebo says the Lions should offer his team a challenge, especially after winning 57-46 at Mississippi State earlier this season. "They seem to play better against better people," says the coach, who adds, "They are an athletic team, an experienced team and they are going to have confidence, too, at 5-1 and, obviously, beating Mississippi State on the road they aren't going to be afraid coming in here playing."

Basketball Notes: The Tigers have just one more pre-Christmas home game after Wednesday's contest. They will face Temple on Sunday at 1 p.m...On Dec. 22nd, the Tigers will play at Texas A&M...Senior Ronny LeMelle leads the Tigers in scoring at 14.4 points per game...Freshman Korvotney Barber leads the team in rebounds with 5.2...For Sunday's Temple game, the Tigers will have one more big man available for action. Emanuel Willis, a 6-7 transfer from Southern Cal, will be able to play vs. the Owls. He enrolled at AU in January 2005 and is a sophomore in eligibility.

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