Tigers Ready for Rematch with Hogs

A preview of Arkansas (16-10) at Auburn (14-13) is featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Arkansas was defeat No. 2 of Auburn's current losing skid and the Tigers are hoping the Razorbacks don't become loss No. 5 as well. Arkansas won the first game 65-57 on Feb. 7 in Fayetteville and the rematch is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday in Auburn.

Whether it's Frank Tolbert playing out of control, Korvotney Barber missing foul shots, Josh Dollard getting in foul trouble, Rasheem Barrett missing open shots or Quan Prowell being non-existent on both ends of the court, the Tigers have been consistently inconsistently as of late and are still looking for their first win in February.

"Everybody has to be playing at a high level--all eight guys or nine guys that are going to play minutes for us," head coach Jeff Lebo says. "If we have one or two not playing well then we have a hard time. We've got to get something out of some players who have struggled here lately. Quan Prowell is a guy that we need to get going offensively."

Prowell was a big reason why Auburn was 4-4 in the SEC at the end of January, but he hasn't scored more than 10 points in a game during the losing streak. He's had more fouls, seven, than shots taken, six, in the last two games.

"It's hard in the last game when he fouls out in 12 minutes," Lebo notes. "He needs to get shots and he needs to be a factor for us. In the last couple of games he's struggled trying to get into any flow. He's been good in practice and he understands, but he just has to find a way to get out of it."


Patrick Beverley, above, is the leading scorer for Stan Heath's team at 14.3 ppg, followed by forwards Charles Thomas (11.8 ppg) and Sonny Weems (11.5 ppg).

Despite Auburn's four consecutive losses, Jeff Lebo's squad is still just two games out of first place at 4-8 in the SEC West. Arkansas, at 5-7, is just one game behind Ole Miss, Alabama and Mississippi State, all 6-6 in conference play. LSU brings up the rear at 3-9.

Lebo got just two points off the bench in the previous loss to Arkansas as all five of his starters went for 10 or more points. The Arkansas backcourt duo of Gary Ervin, a Mississippi State transfer, and freshman Patrick Beverley combined for 31 points on 12-22 shooting from the floor.

"As far as prep our team has seen them recently and they know their personnel better," Lebo says. "The kids think different than the coaches. It's still fresh on my mind. It leaves their mind probably 10 minutes after the game because they focus on something else."

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