Slumping LSU to Visit Auburn

Auburn returns to action with a Wednesday night home basketball game vs. LSU.

Auburn, Ala.--After seeing its three-game winning streak snapped on Saturday at Alabama, Jeff Lebo's Auburn basketball team will try to start a new winning streak against an opponent in a major slump.

Tipoff time is 7 p.m. on Wednesday from Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum as LSU brings an eight-game losing streak into the SEC contest. Coach John Brady's bunch is 0-5 in the league and 7-12 overall.

The two teams played on Jan. 16th in Baton Rouge and Auburn came home with a 74-67 victory.

LSU lost at home 68-52 on Saturday to Arkansas while Auburn fell 97-77 at Alabama to fall to 2-3 in the SEC and 12-6 overall.

"Our turnovers cost us," Lebo says. "Give Alabama credit. Aside from the turnovers, we did some good things. We shot the ball 50 percent. We shot the ball well from the foul line. We got to the foul line more than they did. They shot the ball so darn well they shot us out of anything we wanted to do.

"We had some foul problems that hurt us," Lebo adds. "With Quan (Prowell) going out when they made that run, that hurt us. They had guys who hadn't scored a lot for them recently step up and play really well."

Alabama turned the ball over only four times vs. Auburn while the Tigers made 15 turnovers. Rasheem Barrett was the number one offender with five turnovers.

"The biggest thing that we can control, I think, is our turnovers," Lebo says. "That is an area we have to focus in on. We had one player who accounted for 14 points just off his turnovers that they converted on. That is a lot off of one particular player."

Barrett leads the Tigers in scoring with 14.2 points per game. Quan Prowell is next at 13.2 and is averaging 6.4 rebounds. Frank Tolbert is scoring 11.6 points per game and adding 5.4 rebounds.

Frank Tolbert is one of two seniors for the Tigers along with Quan Prowell.

LSU is led by 6-4 junior guard Marcus Thornton, who is averaging 18.7 points and 5.9 rebounds. Anthony Randolph, a 6-10, 205 freshman forward, is scoring 13.8 points and adding 8.5 rebounds.

Auburn Basketball Notes: There is no television coverage of Wednesday night's game...Auburn leads LSU 23-16 in games played at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum and 32-31 all-time in games played on the AU campus...LSU leads the overall series 78-58...AU is looking for a third straight victory vs. LSU after losing six straight games to Brady's team...A win on Wednesday night would be AU's first sweep of the regular season series vs. LSU since 2004...Mississippi State is running away from the five other teams in the SEC West with a 5-0 league mark. Arkansas is next at 3-2 while Auburn and Ole Miss are 2-3 each. Alabama is 1-4 and LSU is winless in five games...Boubacar Sylla, who will take a medical hardship redshirt while trying to recover from a stress fracture in his foot, was injured on Nov. 13th vs. Kennesaw State in the home opener. He played nine minutes in that game and scored three points and added three rebounds. The seven-foot-one center tried to play three days later at Alabama State, but was unable to run.


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