AU Stepping Out Of SEC Vs. Blue Hose

Auburn Ala.--Coming off a pair of wins versus LSU and Ole Miss that boosted the Auburn Tigers to .500 in the SEC, they play a rare non-conference game in the middle of the conference schedule as Presbyterian College visits Beard-Eaves on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Central.

The Blue Hose, Presbyterian's mascot which is a fierce Scotch-Irish warrior, are in their first year on the Division I level. They are 2-0 this season in home games against Army and Radford, but are 0-20 on the road.

"With their transition to go Division I they have played 20 road games and the last few games they have played against N.C. State and Georgia, they have played to 10 points," Auburn head coach Jeff Lebo says. "Defensively, they have been holding people to a low point total. They spread you out, and they have perimeter players who can shoot it. They have attempted more three-pointers than two-pointers on the season."

Located in Clinton, S.C., Presbyterian has also played Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Clemson from the ACC.

For Auburn, Presbyterian is the final regular season non-conference opponent of the 2007-2008 season. The Tigers are tied with Arkansas and Ole Miss at 2-2 in the SEC West behind 4-0 Mississippi State. LSU and Alabama are both 0-4, and the Tigers next conference game is on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Tuscaloosa.

"We are coming off an emotional game at home against Mississippi," Lebo says, "and we are stepping out of conference. It will be tough for our maturity. I already talked to my team about Presbyterian after the game...They are a very well-coached team.

"I know they will be prepared," he adds, "and hopefully we will be able to show some maturity and continue to build momentum against Presbyterian. Hopefully, we will have a good crowd come out on Tuesday and hopefully we will play well and keep our momentum."

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