Tigers and Cowboys to Play in South Padre

Auburn head basketball coach Jeff Lebo gives a preview of Friday's game against Oklahoma State.

South Padre Island, Texas--The Auburn men's basketball team will play the third round of the South Padre Invitational on Friday at 1:30 p.m. against Oklahoma State.

The Tigers are coming off a 79-58 victory over Miles College on Tuesday night and are 4-0. The Cowboys are unranked, but are also undefeated at 5-0.

"Oklahoma State is led by two high-level national transfers," says Auburn head coach Jeff Lebo. "(Mario) Boggan transferred and went to Florida first. Then JamesOn Curry signed at North Carolina. They are both talented players and both can score--one inside and one outside. They don't have a lot of depth and they're playing eight scholarship guys like we are. Inside they present a problem. They're the biggest most physical that we've played to date."

Boggan is averaging 21.6 points per game and Curry is averaging 16.2 and 5.4 assists.

With 6-7 Boggan, 6-8 David Monds and 6-9 Marcus Dove, Lebo says that his team will have to use a different lineup.

"We haven't played a lot with Vot (Korvotney Barber) and Matt Heramb in there together," Lebo notes. "We're going to have to play a little bit with that lineup in this game. Matt Heramb has shown signs with his ability to pass, he's got skills and if we can just get him to be aggressive he'll be all right and have a good career here."

Auburn is led in scoring this season by junior guard Frank Tolbert at 15.3 points per game. Barber is averging 13.5 points, 10.8 rebounds and 4.3 block.

Rasheem Barrett, who is second in scoring for the Tigers at 14.5 points per game, says his team will need to step up its level of performance compared to its Tuesday night game. "We are going to have to do a good job of rebounding and take care of the basketball," the 6-5 sophomore guard/forward says.

The game will be televised on CSTV at 1:30 p.m. CST.

The final round of the Invitational will be played on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers will play either Wisconsin or Missouri State.

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