Tigers Return to Action Vs. Tuskegee

Auburn, Ala.--After an 11-day layoff for final exams, Jeff Lebo's Tigers return to action with a 6 p.m. tipoff on Wednesday night vs. Tuskegee University.

It is the first ever meeting in men's basketball between Auburn and the Division II school located one county away from the AU campus.

Auburn comes into the game 4-4 with its last outing a 78-55 victory over Louisiana-Monroe. Tuskegee is 0-2 and hasn't played since Dec. 6th when the Golden Tigers lost 80-73 at Alabama A&M.

"We did get some practice time in together as a team and we also did some individual stuff," Lebo says. "Our main focus was for the players to finish up their finals strong. Hopefully, they did that."

Tuskegee's leading scorer is 6-5, 220 juco transfer Antoine Ware, a forward who is averaging 19 points and 12 rebounds per game.

Keith Flournoy, a 6-0 senior guard, is averaging 12 points for Tuskegee and 6-0 junior guard Byron Fisher is scoring 11 points per contest.

Senior forward Korvotney Barber leads the Tigers with 13.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

"You are always rusty when you come back from one of these long layoffs," Lebo says. "Hopefully, we will get the rust off of us pretty early."

The Auburn coach says the layoff should help senior Rasheem Barrett, who has been limited with a groin injury. "I still think he is a little heavy yet," he notes. "He needs to get some confidence, too. I think when he makes a couple of shots, it will help a bunch."

Lebo says that the Tigers concentrated on defense and added more to the offense during the break.

Commenting on what he wants to see from his team, Lebo says, "I want to see us play hard, I want to see us defend, I want to see us take great shots and I would like to see us get to the foul like and make some foul shots."

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