Auburn, Ala.--After a six-day layoff during the Thanksgiving break the Auburn men’s basketball team will be back in action on Tuesday night in Huntsville.
Coach Jeff Lebo says he scheduled the 7:30 p.m. game at the Von Braun Center vs. Alabama A&M to give his Auburn team exposure in the northern part of the state.
Lebo’s Tigers, 3-3 after defeating High Point 75-54 in their last outing, are hoping to have starting guard Tay Waller back in the lineup.
Auburn’s best outside shooter and a returning starter from last season’s team, Waller hasn’t been able to play since the Tigers’ preseason victory over Miles College as he is recovers from a quadriceps injury.
Another injured Tiger, sophomore forward Kenny Gabriel, has missed the last four games after having surgery. He is expected back soon, but Lebo hasn’t said exactly when that will be.
Alabama A&M is 2-2 this season and 0-2 all-time vs. the Tigers. The two teams met last December in Auburn with Lebo’s team cruising to an 82-40 victory. The Bulldogs lost to South Carolina 88-50 in their opener this year and have wins vs. Oakwood (86-80) and Martin Methodist (76-55) plus a 77-75 loss to Stillman.
“We don't have a lot of film on them,” Lebo says of Alabama A&M. “They have played some non-Division I teams, and they played South Carolina. They are very athletic, and they play multiple defenses. Playing them up there is always going to be difficult.”
Coach Jeff Lebo
Commenting on his decision to play the game in Huntsville, Lebo says, “We've made a commitment years ago that we wanted to play at different places in the state. We’ve been to Mobile to play, we’ve been to Montgomery and Birmingham and now the last big stop that we have in this state is up in Huntsville.
“It is nice to be able to move around into different areas,” he adds. “We have a huge state and different people who are Auburn fans, and it will give them a chance to make it a little bit easier to come watch us play.”
The game will be played at the Von Braun Center that seats 7,198 fans.
Senior point guard DeWayne Reed leads the Tigers in scoring at 16.2 points per game. Sophomore guard Frankie Sullivan is averaging 15.5 points and senior forward Lucas Hargrove is next with 12.2 points per game plus a team-leading 6.8 rebounds per contest.
Casey Gantey, a 6-5 sophomore guard, is scoring a team-best 16.5 points per game for Alabama A&M.
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