Tigers Play Another Ranked Opponent

At 17-7 overall, LSU comes into Saturday's at Auburn game ranked 25th in both polls.

Auburn, Ala.--The LSU Tigers, who lead the SEC Western Division by two games at 9-2, play at Auburn at 5 p.m. Saturday looking for the season sweep after beating Auburn 84-69 on Feb. 1 in Baton Rouge.

No. 25 LSU is the second consecutive ranked opponent for Auburn, which fell at Tennessee 105-89 on Wednesday.

"We just played LSU not too long ago so it should be fresh on our minds," says Auburn head coach Jeff Lebo. "They're a team with a starting five as good as anybody in the country. Inside they are as talented, no doubt, as anybody in our league and that presents so many different problems. They're a team that's playing awfully well."

LSU's low post players of Tyrus Thomas, Glen Davis and Tasmin Mitchell present matchup problems for everyone and Auburn was no exception earlier this season. Davis and Thomas both had 17 points and nine rebounds.

Darrel Mitchell, however, gave Auburn the most problems as he poured in 27 points and dished out eight assists in the win. LSU shot 71.4 percent from the floor in the second half and 63 percent for the game, led by Thomas who was seven for seven.

"Thomas is as good an athlete as you'll find in the country," Lebo says. "He's a shot blocker and he can run. Then you've got a senior in Mitchell, who is playing terrific."

The player who Lebo likes the most is Davis, who at 6-9, 310 pounds averages 17.7 points and 9.7 rebounds.

Davis pump fakes against Barber, who had 13 points and eight rebounds in the first meeting.

"This league is always tough and physical but these guys present some interesting matchups when you've got Glen Davis," he says. "I just love him. The way he plays he can do so many things. And so they've got a big, wide body who can move, who can put it on the floor also and plays with a lot of energy.

"I love his demeanor on the floor. He's a terrific rebounder and scorer."

While LSU is looking for an SEC West Championship and possibly the overall best record in the league, Auburn is trying to avoid having the worst record in the league. The Tigers are tied with Mississippi State at 2-9.

On a positive note, Wesley Person and Chuck Person will have their jerseys retired at ceremonies on Saturday evening. Wesley, No. 11, played at Auburn from 1991-1994 and Chuck, No. 45, played from 1983-1986.

The game will be televised of Fox Sports Net.


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