Lebo Hoping Ole Miss Was "Blue Moon" Game

Auburn will make a road trip to face SEC West opponent Arkansas on Wednesday.

Auburn, Ala.--Jeff Lebo says he isn't sure what caused his team to play perhaps its worst game of the season in Saturday's surprising 82-59 home loss to Ole Miss. The Auburn coach notes that a key to prevent another loss like that from happening on Wednesday night at Arkansas is to do a much better job of handling the basketball.

"We had a horrendous problem with turnovers in our last game," says Lebo, whose Tigers had a season-high 25 turnovers against the Rebels.

"I know at Arkansas, Stan (Arkansas coach Stan Heath) has been disappointed with their ability to hold onto the ball and get shots also. When we go in there we can't have a bunch of turnovers and expect to give them any kind of fight."

The Tigers and Razorbacks will tip off at 7 p.m. on Wednesday from Bud Walton Arena on the Arkansas campus. The game will be televised regionally by Lincoln Financial Sports.

Lebo says that Ole Miss played well against Auburn on Saturday, but notes many of his team's wounds were self-inflicted. "Probably of our 25 (turnovers), I think about maybe eight were forced," he says. "We had some odd ones now."

Lebo, whose team is 4-5 in the SEC West, a half-game behind division leading Alabama (4-4), says turnovers hadn't been a problem in recent games. "I don't know what happened against Ole Miss. When you have more turnovers than buckets it is going to be a tough day."

This is the first meeting between the Tigers and Razorbacks this year. Arkansas has won the last two matchups and leads the series 20-12. The Razorbacks are 3-5 in the SEC and 14-8 overall. Auburn is 14-10 overall.

The Tigers picked up their first road victory of the season last Wednesday at South Carolina. The coach liked his team's all-around performance in that game, but not at home vs. Ole Miss. "I certainly hope it is once in a blue moon kind of thing," Lebo adds.

The Auburn coach points out that a key for the game in Fayetteville will be dealing with a big Razorback lineup. "Arkansas presents us with a lot of problems because of their size inside," he notes. "We don't possess a lot of that. They were tough for us control last year, and they will have that advantage inside with their depth...They have five guys six-foot-ten or bigger on their roster." Auburn Statistics


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