Curtis, Rebs Visiting AU on Wednesday

Auburn will try to end a two-game losing streak with a home game vs. Ole Miss.

Auburn, Ala.--Former Auburn center Dwayne Curtis will be returning to Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum as his Ole Miss Rebels take on Jeff Lebo's Tigers at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

The 6-8, 290-pound center from Chicago transferred to Ole Miss immediately after former AU assistant coach Tracy Dildy took a job on the staff of Rebel head coach Rod Barnes after Cliff Ellis was fired following the 2003-2004 season.

After a redshirt season in 2004-2005, Curtis has prospered with the Rebels. He leads the team in both scoring (13.7 points per game) and rebounds (7.5 per contest).

Curtis played in 19 games for Auburn during the 2003-2004 season with five starts. He averaged 2.9 points and 2.3 rebounds and averaged playing 10.3 minutes per contest.

Ole Miss comes into the game with a 13-8 overall record and is 3-5 in the conference after losing at No. 13 Tennessee on Saturday. After winning their first three games to begin SEC play, the Rebels have dropped five in a row.

"We had a tough week with our last two games," says Barnes. "We are going to work hard and be focused and be ready to play. It's time to get back up and get started back to work. We will look to pull out another win and this is our first opportunity to get that win."

Auburn is really struggling in conference play. The Tigers have lost their last two outings at LSU and Mississippi State to slip to 1-7 in the league and 9-10 overall.

"Their record is no indication of how good they are," Barnes says. "Ronny LeMelle and Rasheem Barrett always give them 11 points. They have a very balanced team. Frank Tolbert and Dollard (Josh Dollard) are playing really well for them. This team does everything together. They have several guys who can supply 10 to 12 points."

Coach Rod Barnes

Barrett, who has been battling a back problem, leads the Tigers in scoring at 11.4 points per game. The freshman forward is averaging 3.3 rebounds.

LeMelle is averaging 11.3 points for Lebo's Tigers and Tolbert is scoring 9.6 points per game.

Tipoff time is 7 p.m. and there is no television coverage of the contest, which has been designated "All Auburn, All Orange Night."

Other game promotions include free admission for Student Alumni Association members with a valid ID and $5 admission for AU faculty and staff and $5 admission with a coupon available at

After Wednesday's contest, the Tigers are back on the road for games at Arkansas and Tennessee before returning home for a Feb. 18th game vs. LSU.

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