Tigers Headed to Oxford to Tangle With Rebs

A preview of Auburn's basketball road trip to take on the Ole Miss Rebels is featured.

Auburn, Ala.--After knocking off division leader Arkansas on Saturday, the Auburn men's basketball team will travel to Oxford to take on the Ole Miss Rebels on Wednesday.

Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Tad Smith Coliseum as Auburn looks to even its overall record. The Tigers, 13-14, are 4-8 in the SEC. Ole Miss, which is 5-7 in the SEC, is 17-9 overall.

The Rebels defeated Auburn 84-74 back on Jan. 28th as they shot 56.7 percent from the field. Chris Warren scored 20 in that game and Terrico White added 19 points.

Coach Andy Kennedy's Rebels aren't playing as well as they were in January and are currently on a three-game losing streak.

"They have come up short in some close games more than anything," Auburn coach Jeff Lebo says of the Rebels. "To me as far as the West teams, they are as talented as anybody in the West. They have great depth in the backcourt. They can shoot it and they can score it. They have a little bit of everything back there.

"They have been playing without (Reginald) Buckner who got hurt in our game and he has tried to come back a couple of times and hasn't been 100 percent,"?Lebo says.

"I know it has been frustrating for Andy (Kennedy) not to win some of the close games at home,"Lebo adds.

Wednesday night's contest, which will be televised on the SEC Network, is Auburn's next to last road game this season. The Tigers will also play on March 6th at Alabama.

Ole Miss is led in scoring by Warren, a 5-10 junior guard, who is averaging 16.4 points per game. White, a 6-5 sophomore guard, is at 14.5 points per contest and 6-5 junior guard Eniel Polynice is scoring 10.5 points per contest.

Murphy Holloway, a 6-7, 230 forward, is the top rebounder with 7.0 per game and the sophomore is scoring 9.6 points per game.

The other starter is 6-9, 202 sophomore forward Terrance Henry, who is averaging 6.1 points and 3.1 rebounds.

Auburn's hottest player is senior guard Tay Waller, who is averaging 14.2 points per outing. He scored 29 in his team's 92-83 victory over Arkansas. In his last seven games Waller is averaging 19.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals.

"He has been playing pretty consistently here the last few games," Lebo says. "Hopefully, he will be able to continue that. With him healthy and with confidence out there, we are a different team. He gives us one of those guys out there who can make some tough offensive plays and scores. You need to have that on the court this time of the year when you are scouted so much."

Waller is averaging four made treys in the last seven games. For the season the Tigers are averaging 8.3 made threes per game, which is second in the league. Ole Miss is third in the SEC with eight made threes per contest.


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