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Feb. 27, 2010

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Auburn Head Coach Jeff Lebo
Opening statement...
"I thought it was a nice game for us. I thought (Tasmin) Mitchell was a guy that we needed to do a much better job on. With Frankie (Sullivan) being out, Earnest (Ross) played a lot at the three tonight and did a great job. Fouls were a problem for (Mitchell) in the first half, so when he went out, that's when we stretched the lead on them in the first half."

On whether or not Lebo was ever shooting as well as Tay Waller during his playing career...
"I wasn't allowed to shoot that much. We had the big guys who had to get a touch before it would get to me."

On Tay Waller's shooting opening up more offensive opportunities...
"Absolutely. When he makes them like that, it opens up a lot of things. It opens up the inside, the perimeter, creates driving lanes. You have to guard him all over the court in a different way. Our guys are understanding it better when he's being defended like that, but even when he's not making shots or getting shots, he's creating shots for other people because of how he's defended. He's been on fire for the last few games. It's been unbelievable."

On Earnest Ross being responsible for guarding Tasmin Mitchell...
"That's what he does best for us - defend and be a physical presence for us. He's not been shooting the ball great this year, but he's becoming a better stand-still shooter and he made a couple of big ones for us tonight. He's a physical body out there and he's strong. It was a good matchup for us tonight with him guarding Mitchell."

On Ross playing a role in Mitchell's performance...
"It's big. The first game, we had another person on him and we had to go to (Ross). It's always different when you have to put a freshman on a senior, it's not typically the matchup that you're looking for. He did a good job on him. We worked with him for two days on how we wanted him to defend him. He is physical and quick with his feet and that was a factor tonight."

On being out-rebounded...
"You can't look at the rebounding numbers and decide if you're outrebounded or not. When you shoot the ball well, there are less offensive rebounds for you to get. When the opponent doesn't shoot well, it's a lot more for them to get. It's all about the offensive rebound ratio and the defensive rebound ratio. We'll look at those things. They did get some extra shots on us. They're a good offensive rebounding team. They're within the top-50 in the country in offensive rebounds so that's something that they do very well."

On Tay Waller getting in the zone...
"He's always been one to think he's in the zone all the time. He has a lot of confidence right now. He has an odd release. The way he gets it off on you, he takes it behind his head and it's not the purest thing in the world. He can get it off without you blocking it quick and he can do it off the dribble too. It's unique. When it gets going, he gets like (Chris) Lofton of Tennessee, who is able to make shots and also to make some tough ones just because of the way he shoots the basketball."

On Waller being on a streak or just making significant progress...
"You can't count on that every night. It's insane how he's playing, but we're not going to complain. He adds to it and we're excited about it."

On playing so many players...
"We're trying to (play more players). When you come down the stretch, you got to play some more guys for more minutes. Andre Malone and Kenny Gabriel got some more minutes tonight. I thought, the other thing, was Tony Neysmith came on in the first half to guard (Tasmin) Mitchell and he did a great job with that. He was a quicker body on him."

On how he feels about the team right now...
"We've been good at times and lost a lot of close games. I still think we can play better in a lot of areas. Kids continue to battle hard. We have a week left in the regular season. If we won those two overtime games, you may be tied for first. I don't know what happened differently today, but we were right there. It seems like the west has been like that for the past two years, with not a lot of changing and the teams all bunched up in there. If we can get them all playing together, offensively we can do some damage. We still need some consistent play on the inside, but (Brendan) Knox did come up with some key plays for us tonight."

Auburn Player Quotes
Tay Waller, guard

On his recent shooting success...
"I haven't felt this good since my two years at Okaloosa-Walton. I feel like I'm in the zone and that I can't miss right now."

On early game shooting...
"It gets my confidence going. Plus, it helps the team relax a little bit. They always rely on me to hit a shot. When I come out and make shots, our team plays much better."

On being "in the zone"...
"When the ball leaves my hand, I always feel like it is going in. I've always been told that when you miss there is something wrong with the goal. I am just trying to keep that mentality."

On being LSU's defensive focus...
"The person that was guarding me wasn't helping off to anyone. That gave DeWayne (Reed) an open lane when driving to my side of the floor. When I hit shots it makes the defense play four on five."

On Auburn's early lead...
"We have been getting a lead in a lot of games lately. We always think we are going to play good the first half. We just need to keep the lead throughout the course of the game."

LSU Head Coach Trent Johnson Opening Statement...
"Auburn played well , they shot the ball well. Their perimeter players have experience and they played well. We couldn't guard them in the man or the zone."

On Tay Waller's play...
"They perimeter play was good, they had quickness. It s a mystery to me why they lost nine games."

On Tasmin Mitchell fouling out early...
"Obviously he's our best player and he is one of the better players in this league. He should get a little more respect with his individual play."

Bo Spencer

On Auburn's hot shooting...
"They must have gone to a shooting clinic this past week or something because no one was missing," Spencer said. "Sometimes, that's how it goes."

On Tasmin Mitchell fouling out early...
"It was tough being out there without Tas. I just tried to step up to take up some of the slack." Me and him are the main scorers on the team. We missed his production out there."

Tasmin Mitchell

On Auburn's hot shooting...
"When a team is going like that, there's nothing you can really do about that. It was real frustrating because I feel like I let my team down. I wish I would've been smarter. They just shot the ball real well. It was just their night. They're not like a Kentucky team or nothing like that where you got to worry about really defending them, but you have to defend them. They were just on tonight."