LSU Big Men Offer Large Challenge for Tigers

Auburn, Ala.--With a recent history of producing NBA forwards like Ronald Dupree, Brandon Bass and Tyrus Thomas, John Brady's 2006-2007 squad is no different with several talented post players.

College basketball fans know about Glen "Big Baby" Davis. Many basketball fans know about Tasmin Mitchell. Darnell Lazare and Magnum Rolle also have big-time potential on the LSU team that Auburn will play at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

"They don't have Tyrus in there," head coach Jeff Lebo says, "but they're still awfully good. Magnum Rolle, he would start for a majority of people in our league. He comes off the bench for them. Tasmin Mitchell is as good as anybody in the league at small forward. Lazare is another one. I think they started him the last game and sometimes he comes off the bench. He could start for over half of the teams in our league probably, too."

Davis is the team's leading scorer at 19.7 points and top rebounder at 10.9 per game. Mitchell, who is vastly improved as a sophomore, is making 43.4 percent from three-point range and is scoring at a 14.5 per game pace.

Glen "Big Baby" Davis is a powerful force around the basket.

"Tasmin is a very skilled player," Lebo says. "He's a pretty good rebounder and he can shoot the ball, comes off curl screens, he can catch it at the mid-post and shoot it."

Garrett Temple, who averages 10.1 points and a team-leading 3.9 assists, is one of the starting guards. Transfers Dameon Mason (Marquette) and Terry Martin (Texas Tech) have given the team a boost as well as the return of Tack Minor.

"Mason was a terrific player at Marquette," Lebo notes. "Martin is very good and they've got size back there. They didn't have Minor last year either. The big thing for them was the loss of (Darrel) Mitchell, who made big shots at crucial times for them. He was a consistent outside threat. The addition of Martin on the perimeter, who has just gotten eligible as a transfer from Texas Tech, has really helped their outside shooting."

Quan Prowell and the Auburn post players will be heavily counted on against the LSU big men.

Auburn, coming off a 27-point loss at Kentucky on Wednesday, enters Saturday's contest at 11-6 overall and 1-1 in the SEC. LSU lost 71-61 at Alabama on opening night in league play Tuesday and is 11-4 and 0-1. The other losses have come to Wichita State, Texas and at Washington.

"They've had a very difficult schedule," Lebo says. "John has gone out and played a lot of people. He played Texas A&M at home, he's played Washington, Wichita State at home, Oregon State on the road, Connecticut at home and they just dismantled Connecticut."

Auburn's losses have come to AP Poll No. 3 Wisconsin, No. 7 Pittsburgh, No. 8 Texas A&M, No. 9 Oklahoma State, Southern Miss and Kentucky. The Tigers also have upcoming January games against No. 2 Florida, No. 14 Alabama and No. 16 Tennessee. LSU is ranked 13th.

The game will be televised by Lincoln Financial Sports.

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