The Warhawks are led by 5-11, 165 sophomore guard Tony Hooper, who is averaging 14.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. He scored 19 in his last out vs. Alabama. Jonas Brown, a 6-3, 180 junior guard, is averaging 12.4 points and 3.9 assists. He scored 17 vs. Alabama.
Louisiana-Monroe starts three guards and is not a big team. Forward Nathaniel Roche is a 6-8, 230 freshman who averages 3.2 points and 2.3 rebounds and 6-7, 220 sophomore forward Afam Nweke averages 4.0 points and 7.6 rebounds. The other starter, 6-2, 215 junior Lance Brasher, is averaging 9.9 points and 5.3 rebounds.
Auburn comes into the contest following a 92-87 overtime win over Nicholls State on Tuesday. Louisiana-Monroe fell 75-61 that same night at Alabama after leading the Tide by five points in the second half.
Thursday night's game will be the fourth in the past week for the Tigers and seventh in the past two weeks. "We need practice time right now," Lebo says. "It is hard when you have to try to correct quickly the mistakes you made in the game and also prepare in one day. We have had to do that in this stretch. With a young team you need more teaching time there."