Gameday Central: Auburn vs. LSU
March 1, 2012
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LSU has lost two-straight games at Ole Miss 72-48 and to Tennessee 74-69 in overtime after winning four-straight games over Georgia 61-53, at South Carolina 68-58, Mississippi State 69-67 in overtime and Alabama 67-58 ... in the loss to Tennessee on Wednesday, LSU had an 11-point halftime lead and was led by Justin Hamilton's 17 points and nine rebounds ... LSU de- feated Auburn 65-58 in overtime in Baton Rouge on Jan. 17 despite Frankie Sullivan's 19 points and Rob Chubb's only double-double of his career with 15 points and 12 rebounds ... in the Auburn game, LSU was led by Anthony Hickey's 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists while Justin Hamilton had 13 points and eight boards ... LSU is led in scoring by Hamilton with 13.3 points and 7.3 rebounds while Andre Stringer adds 10.3 ppg, Hickey averages 9.2 ppg and 3.7 apg ... Ralston Turner averages 8.7 ppg, Johnny O'Bryant III 8.5 ppg and 6.7 rpg and Storm Warren 8.3 ppg and 5.1 rpg ... LSU leads the SEC in offensive rebounds (13.2), is second in 3-point field goal pct. defense (.320) and turnover margin (+2.2), is third in steals (7.1).
This is the 145th meeting between Au- burn and LSU with LSU holding an 82-62 advantage. Auburn has won four of the last six and six of the past 10 meetings.
LSU defeated Auburn 65-58 in overtime in Baton Rouge on Jan. 17.
The two teams split last year's series with each team winning on the other's home court. Auburn won at LSU 60-51 in the regular season finale, and LSU de- feated Auburn 62-55 in the SEC opener.
Auburn holds a 34-33 series lead in
Auburn, including a 0-1 mark in Auburn Arena. Auburn has won 10 of the last 16 games vs. LSU in Auburn.
LSU has a 45-23 edge in Baton Rouge, including a 28-13 mark at the Maravich Assembly Center. Auburn has won three of the last five games in Baton Rouge.
Auburn has a 5-4 edge at neutral sites.
Tony Barbee vs. LSU
Auburn head coach Tony Barbee is 1-2 against LSU and coach Trent Johnson.
Johnson is 3-4 coaching against Auburn.
Four Tigers will be playing in Auburn Arena for the final time in Senior Day festivities on Saturday.
Kenny Gabriel, Adrian Forbes, Tony Neysmith and Jake Drum along with man- agers Ryan Carley and Daniel Kosmala will take part in the pregame presentation.
Neysmith has already graduated while Gabriel and Forbes will graduate at the end of this semester and Drum will earn his degree this summer.
Gabriel has scored 717 points and has 425 rebounds in his three-year Auburn ca- reer. The Charlotte, N.C., native is having a stellar senior season as he recorded the first triple-double in the 106-year history of Auburn basketball and in the 2,322nd game with all career-highs of 24 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocks vs. Bethune- Cookman on Jan. 2. He is averaging 12.1 points, is second in the SEC with 2.3 blocks and is seventh in the league with 7.7 rebounds.
He has seven career double-doubles and eight if you count the triple-double.
Forbes, who is in his second year at Auburn, has started five games this year and has averaged 2.4 points and 2.8 rebounds. The Spanish Town, Jamaica, native had a team-high 11 points and six rebounds at No. 11 Florida on Feb. 21.
Neysmith, who is in his third year at Auburn, has started five games in his Tiger career while appearing in 56.
Drum, a walk-on from Birmingham, is in his fourth year with the basketball team and walked-on to the football team for this past season as well.
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