Lebo's Tigers Getting Ready for Vandy Visit

Auburn returns to Southeastern Conference play with a home game vs. the Commodores.

Auburn, Ala.—Jeff Lebo's Tigers can even their record in the SEC on Saturday as the slumping Vanderbilt Commodores make an appearance at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. as Coach Kevin Stallings brings his Vandy team to Auburn with hopes of snapping a four-game losing streak. The Commodores lost 86-76 on Wednesday night at South Carolina.

Auburn, which had played well in its three previous games, survived a poor performance on Tuesday night in outlasting Texas-Pan American 66-63 to improve to 13-7 overall.

Vandy, which is 12-8 overall, is just 1-5 in SEC games with the only win a 50-40 decision at home vs. Georgia on Jan. 14th.

"They have struggled shooting the ball in league play," Lebo says of the Commodores. "I think they have been 24 percent from three. Ogilvy in their last three games has had two baskets. I don't think he is healthy now as he has been battling some injuries."

The Ogilvy the Auburn coach is referring to is talented 6-11, 250 sophomore center A.J. Ogilvy from Sydney, Australia, one of the top players in the SEC. He is currently averaging 14.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.

The last time the Tigers and Commodores played Ogilvy scored a career-high 27 points to send Auburn home from the SEC Tournament last March. Shan Foster, who has graduated, added 26 for the Commodores in a 93-82 game. The last time the Tigers played in Auburn was in 2006, a 68-65 victory featuring 22 points from Rasheem Barrett.

Jeffery Taylor, a 6-7, 210 freshman guard from Sweden, is averaging 12.7 points and 6.4 assists for the Commdores.

Vandy's No. 3 scorer, 6-3, 205 junior guard Jermaine Beal, is averaging 12 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. The fifth starter is 6-4, 215 junior guard George Drake from Calera, Ala., who is scoring 5.9 points per game with 2.8 rebounds.

Off the bench the Commodores are getting 10.3 points and 2.3 rebounds from 6-3 guard Brad Tinsley.

Rasheem Barrett is back in the starting lineup for Auburn after being out with groin and hamstring injuries.

LSU and Ole Miss lead the SEC West at 4-1 with Auburn and Alabama next at 2-3. With a stretch of games that includes a contest at Ole Miss followed by three straight homes games vs. Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi State followed by a road trip to struggling Georgia, the opportunity is there for the Tigers to move up in the SEC West race if they have the right stuff to get that done.


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