LSU is 15-13 overall, 4-10 in the SEC West while Auburn is 16-13 and 6-8. Auburn is one game out of the SEC West lead, but is still in the mix for just about any spot in the Western seeding for next week's SEC Tournament because of the way things have played out this year. LSU is still in position to be as high as a fourth seed and as low as its present sixth seed position.
LSU defeated Auburn in a hard-fought game in January in the Maravich Center, 65-63, and LSU will have a final chance for something that has eluded them in 2007, a road league win.
"We need to get a road win," said LSU Coach John Brady. "Hopefully after being able to defeat Florida at home on Saturday, our team will be able to play with a lot of confidence. We played well against Kentucky, and then were good enough to get a win against Florida last Saturday. Hopefully we can go on the road and get a good win against Auburn ... Auburn's playing well right now; I think Jeff Lebo's done a very good job with them, so it will be a tough game for us."
Lebo's team is coming off an 86-77 win over Alabama in Tuscaloosa on Saturday.
Terry Martin led LSU against the Gators with 18 points, while Garrett Temple had a strong evening offensively with 17 points and defensively holding Gator guard Taurean Green in check. Tasmin Mitchell also had 11 points to make it eight straight games in double figures.
The Tigers are expected to play for the third straight game without the services of All-American forward Glen Davis. Davis returned to the practice court on Monday for the first time in a full practice in 12 days, but after discussion with Coach Brady following the practice, he is expected to remain in Baton Rouge and continuing to strengthen and rehab the strained right quad muscle in preparation for him possibly playing in the regular season finale Saturday against South Carolina.
The Tigers and Gamecocks close the regular season Saturday in a game now scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Maravich Center.
Tigers travel to Auburn tonight
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