Tigers Look to Future After Flat Finish

Auburn basketball coach Jeff Lebo discusses his team after the Tigers were eliminated from the SEC Tournament.

Atlanta, Ga.--The Auburn Tigers roared into March like lions, but exited from the 2007 college basketball postseason scene like lambs on Thursday night at the Georgia Dome.

Jeff Lebo's team that had played so well in recent weeks was out-shot, out-rebounded and just about out-everything as Georgia put an 80-65 whipping on the Tigers in the opening round of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament.

Auburn's postseason hopes, which were on life support going into the game, are probably gone now and the focus for the Tigers turns to the 2007-2008 season.

Auburn ends the season with a 17-15 record and returns everybody from last season's team.

Lebo says he hasn't really had time yet to think about what type of goals to set for next season, but would say, "I just want to get better. I don't know if it is the NCAA, NIT or what it is.

"This year, we thought we were going to be better, but we worried that though we would be better the league would be at its peak," Lebo says. "To improve in the league, which is the number one RPI league in the country, says something about where we are headed.

"I think the kids have worked to overcome a lot of things," Lebo adds. "We have had a lot of adversity. For the most part now, I hope, we have a lot of stability. I think we have developed that this year and we can move forward."

For the Tigers to move forward, next year's Auburn team will have to display more basketball savvy, says Lebo, who notes that the effort has been consistently good throughout the year. "The next step is playing intelligently," he says. "That is our next step in executing. We did it at times this year, but we have to do it more consistently to make the next jump."


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