Lebo's Tigers Looking to Bounce Back vs. Tide

The Auburn vs. Alabama rivalry resumes on Saturday as the Tide visits the Tigers.

Auburn, Ala--Jeff Lebo's Tigers will be looking for their first SEC basketball victory of the season on Saturday as Auburn takes on Alabama at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

Tipoff time is 1 p.m. as the 10-6 Tigers face an Alabama team that is 11-5 overall and 1-1 in the SEC. Auburn, which is 10-6 overall and 0-2 in the league, is trying to bounce back from a 68-65 homecourt loss on Wednesday night to Florida while the Tide fell 83-74 on Wednesday night at Mississippi State.

Alabama won the last game in Tuscaloosa by a 97-77 score last January, but the Tigers have won three of the last four including the last meeting, an 88-76 decision at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum last February.

"It was nice to win one," says Lebo, who is 3-8 vs. the Tide as Auburn's head coach. "We had a long stretch where we didn't win one for a while. We played well a couple of times against us.

"They are a tough team for us to match up with typically because it is more of a chess match," Lebo adds. "They have had some size on us in the past, we have had some speed and we have to shoot the ball well. They have got the advantage on us inside and a size advantage at every spot.

"If we can get into a running game with them and use our speed, that is where we are best," Lebo says. "We get into a halfcourt game we are going to struggle against anybody in a halfcourt situation."

The Tigers are coming off a poor shooting night vs. Florida. Auburn hit just 39.1 percent from the field and made only 5-27 three-point attempts while making just 10-21 free throws.


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