Lebo's Tigers Banged Up Heading Into Season

Auburn, Ala.--Looking to get the season off to a strong start the Auburn men's basketball team will again have to deal with injuries as coach Jeff Lebo tries to get his rotation down heading into the season opener on Nov. 7 against Morehouse College.

Once again the Tigers have been hit with the injury bug as several players are less than 100 percent at the moment. Lebo said because of some tough practices his team is a little beat up with two of the guards expected to see extended playing time this season currently out.

"We have been having some great physical days, but we have also had some injuries," head coach Jeff Lebo said. "Rasheem (Barrett) has a really bad groin injury and hasn't been in there and on Thursday Vot (Korvotney Barber) got hurt and Frankie (Sullivan) had a high ankle sprain."

There is some good news with Barber. Held out of Thursday's practice for precautionary measures, he practiced on Friday and is ready to go. That's good news with all of the newcomers the Tigers are expected to go to battle with this season.

"It's been slow," said Lebo. "When we put all of the veterans together, things seem to go better. When you sprinkle in the new group with the old group, things don't go as smoothly. We have been working on the simplistic principles of defense."

Auburn is just a week away from playing its first exhibition game against Morehouse College Nov. 7 at 6 pm Central in Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum. Admission is free. Lebo said he's anxious to see how his team responds to playing another team.

"It will be good for the guys to play against different jerseys," Lebo said. "With a game situation, you don't know what you get until you turn the lights on and see how some of the guys will react."

The Tigers play their season opener at home against Missouri State at 7 pm on Nov. 14, the night before the Georgia game. Season tickets are currently on sale for the 19-game home portion of the schedule for $199. Single-game adult tickets are $10 for non-conference games and $15 for SEC games except for the Alabama game, which are $20.

Two mini-SEC ticket packages for $50 each are available with the Orange pack consisting of the Alabama, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and Arkansas games and the Blue pack consisting of the Florida, Tennessee, Ole Miss and LSU games. Non-conference single-game tickets will go on sale Dec. 1 while the exhibition game is free.

Holiday Game student section seats for NON-STUDENTS are $5 each for the Tulane, Alabama State, Alabama A&M and Southeastern Louisiana games. The Family Fun Zone for upper sections 17-26 are $10 each and are available for all SEC home games except for the Alabama game. Fun Zone tickets consisting of 311 seats are sold on game day only at the box office. Group tickets of 20 or more tickets are available for $5 each for all games except for Alabama with a required advance purchase.

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