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Defense Rules As Basketball Tigers Conclude First Week Of Practice

Oct. 18, 2007

AUBURN----Defense has been the mindset as Auburn concluded its first week of basketball practice for the 2007-08 season under fourth-year head coach Jeff Lebo Thursday in Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum.

"It's been good, but I would have liked to move a little faster," said Lebo. "We've had to go back and re-teach some things. You forget that they are kids, and their retention is not as well as you would like it to be. Defense has been the emphasis while putting other things on hold. We have worked very little on offense. I don't know if we've scored a basket in three days."

Since practice began Oct. 12, the Tigers went through workouts each day except for Tuesday. The Tigers' first exhibition game is two weeks away on Nov. 1 against Bluefield (Va.) College.

"It's been a really good week of practice," said junior Quantez Robertson. "We have been working hard and have concentrated on defensive strategy. We are in shape, but we are getting into better basketball shape."

The lone newcomer is 7-foot-1 center Boubacar Sylla, the tallest Tiger in Auburn history.

"It's been great for Boubacar for us to have experienced veterans," said Lebo. "He can watch somebody in his position do it and do it right. You can tell somebody something but visually is where they understand it the most. Boubacar can watch Vot (Barber), he can watch Quan (Prowell), he can watch Josh (Dollard) and he can watch Matt (Heramb) and see how to do it."

The Tigers will continue to practice through next Tuesday before taking Wednesday off for SEC Basketball Media Days.

Auburn plays its season opener at Tulane Nov. 9 before playing its home opener against Kennesaw State Nov. 13 in Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum. Season tickets for the 15 home games are $180 while single-game adult tickets are $10 for non-conference games and $15 for SEC games except for the Alabama and Kentucky games, which are $20.



Two mini-SEC ticket packages for $50 each will be available Dec.3 with the Orange pack consisting of the Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Mississippi State games and the Blue pack consisting of the Kentucky, LSU, South Carolina and Ole Miss games. The exhibition game is free.

Holiday Game student section seats for NON-STUDENTS are $5 each for the Mercer, Alabama A&M, Towson, Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Xavier games. The Family Fun Zone for upper sections 17-26 are $7 each and are available for all SEC home games except for the Alabama and Kentucky games. Fun Zone tickets consisting of 311 seats are sold on game day only at the box office. Group tickets of 20 or more tickets are available for $5 each for all games except for Alabama and Kentucky with a required advance purchase. Please call 334.844.4040 or 1.800.AUB.1957 for ticket information or visit

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, Contact: Chuck Gallina (334) 844-9800 October 18, 2007

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