Tigers Face Road Challenge at Arkansas

Auburn, Ala.--After beating Ole Miss on Wednesday night 58-50, Auburn travels to Arkansas for a 7 p.m. tip off on Saturday at Bud Walton Arena, where the Tigers are 1-11 all time.

If the Tigers hope to revenge a 68-52 home loss at the hands of the Razorbacks on Jan. 21, head coach Jeff Lebo's squad must find a way to slow Ronnie Brewer and Jonathon Modica.

In the previous game between the two schools, Brewer scored 26 and Modica scored 17. Modica also scored 37 points against South Carolina on Feb. 6.

"When he's scoring the ball, along with Brewer, they have a combination at the small forward and at the two guard that can flat out score in different way," Lebo says. The two combined for 44 points in Wednesday's one-point loss at LSU.

The Razorbacks are 15-7 overall and 4-5 in SEC play, but their league setbacks have all been by five points or less.

"Their SEC losses are by a total of 13 points," Lebo says. "They've fallen on some bad luck and they had some tough luck on Wednesday night. They had a chance to really steal one in LSU.

"They're always a team at home that plays about three notches better than they play on the road. They're playing better on the road this year, but at home they've been very tough to play."

Arkansas coach Stan Heath has changed the starting lineup since the last time the two teams played. Talented sophomore forward Darian Townes, who averages 10.7 points and 5.8 rebounds, will be coming off the bench. Sophomore Charles Thomas had 12 points and 12 boards at Auburn and will get the start at the power forward position.

Ronny LeMelle has made a solid comeback after missing last season with a knee injury.

Auburn will again go with four freshmen--Josh Dollard, Korvotney Barber, Rasheem Barrett and Quantez Roberston--and senior Ronny LeMelle.

LeMelle is coming off perhaps the best half of basketball of his Auburn career in which he scored 16 second half points in helping the Tigers come from behind against Ole Miss.

The game between Auburn (10-10 overall, 2-7 SEC) and Arkansas will be televised on Fox SportsNet.


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