Also on Sunday, the Auburn women's team will try to extend its winning streak to 23 games in a row vs. an in-state opponent, South Alabama.
The Sam Houston State Bearkats, 6-3 this season, will be making their first-ever appearance vs. the Tigers in men's basketball.
Lebo says he is wary of Sunday's opponent because it features a veteran lineup with three senior starters and two juniors and because Sam Houston State is a good shooting team behind the three-point line. The Bearkats are hitting 37.5 percent of their treys compared to Auburn's average of 30.4.
The Tigers, 5-5, are trying to bounce back from a 76-72 road loss on Thursday night vs. Florida State.
Sunday's game will be the second for Sam Houston State this season vs. SEC competition. Picked to win the Southland Conference in preseason, the Bearkats gave Kentucky a good battle at Rupp Arena before falling 102-92 in Lexington last month.
In that game six-foot-one senior guard Corey Allmond lit up the Wildcats for 37 points and made 11-16 three-point attempts in the process to set a Rupp Arena record for three-pointers made.
For the season Allmond is averaging a team-leading 16.2 points per game. Gilberto Clavell, a 6-7, 225 junior, is averaging 14.2 points and 5.9 rebounds for Sam Houston State. The third scorer averaging in double figures is 5-11 senior guard Ashton Mitchell at 12.8 per contest.
After playing a very tall team in FSU, Sam Houston will have a different look with no starter over six-foot-seven.
Preston Brown, a 6-6, 200 senior, is averaging 9.6 points and 5.0 rebounds. Josten Crow, a 6-4, 215 junior forward, is the fifth starter and he is averaging 5.8 points and 5.2 rebounds for Coach Bob Martin, a 1981 Mississippi State graduate who has a 206-126 record in 12 seasons coaching the Bearkats.
Senior point guard DeWayne Reed leads the Tigers in scoring with 15.8 points per game. Sophomore guard Frankie Sullivan is scoring 14.2 points per game and senior forward Lucas Hargrove is averaging 13.3 points and a team-best 7.8 rebounds.
Senior guard Tay Waller is scoring 12.5 points in his four games since returning from an injury that sidelined him to start the season.
After Sunday's game the Tigers have one more contest prior to Christmas with a 7 p.m. home game on Tuesday night vs. Alabama State.
The women's team is also in action this weekend with a 2 p.m. tipoff on Sunday at the Mitchell Center in Mobile vs. South Alabama. Nell Fortner's Tigers are 7-3 going into the game vs. 5-5 South Alabama. Auburn leads the series vs. South Alabama 37-2.
The game vs. South Alabama is the first for the Tigers since they finished final exams. "It is really nice for the kids to be done with finals and not have that on their minds," Fortner says. "We are able to get in there and work with them having a free mind. We are trying to do a lot of things to get better -- lot of reps in certain areas, just trying to get better."