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ALABAMA at AUBURN

WHEN: Today, 3 p.m. CST

Where: Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum, Auburn

Records: UA (13-7, 3-3 SEC); AU (10-11, 1-5)

On the air: TV — SEC Network; Radio — WLWI-FM 92.3 and WMSP-AM 740 in Montgomery

Tickets: $20.

Probable starters:
AUBURN --
F Lucas Hargrove (6-6, 218), 13.1 ppg
G DeWayne Reed (6-1, 175), 16.4 ppg
F Johnnie Lett (6-8, 210) 2.3 ppg
G Frankie Sullivan (6-1, 195), 13.5 ppg
G Tay Waller (6-2, 193), 12.1 ppg

ALABAMA --
F JaMychal Green (6-9, 220), 14.8 ppg
F Tony Mitchell (6-6, 185), 9.2 ppg
F Chris Hines (6-8, 220) 3.3 ppg
G Mikhail Torrance (6-5, 210), 15.2 ppg
G Anthony Brock (5-9, 165), 5.6 ppg

NOTABLE:
Auburn has won three straight in the series and five of the last six, narrowing the series record to 84-56 in favor of Alabama ... Alabama has held seven of its last eight opponents to under 40 percent from the field ... Alabama is coming off one of its better shooting performances in conference play, hitting 46.7 percent from the field against LSU on Wednesday ... Mikhail Torrance recorded his first career double-double on Wednesday with 10 points and 10 assists.

Photo credit: Todd Van Emst/Auburn University

Questions? Comments? Post directly to the blog below or email me at jgtate@gannett.com

71 Comments:

Blogger cincytiger said...

War Eagle!!

10:16 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Hope we get a win!

10:16 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

CIncy,
Roads in Huntsville/Madison are fine. Should be OK to Nashville by tomorrow. I think temps rise today.

10:16 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

On another note, Spurrier will have to call out the National Guard to get to Lattimore's house today!

10:17 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Wouldn't that be the cherry on top of the cake, Kathy! Hopefully last night's gymnastics win was the start of a great week for Auburn!

10:17 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Girls only blog! :)

10:18 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Here's a site you can go to for road conditions in Alabama:

http://aldotgis.dot.state.al.us/RoadClosures/Default.aspx/

10:18 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I will be blawwwwwggin this game.

10:19 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Hey, Jay, no boys allowed.

Just kidding, since it is your blog :)

10:21 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

There were over 8,5000 people in attendance at last night's gymnastics event?

AUsome!

10:21 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Thanks for the link Kathy. I think it will be okay tomorrow. The snow is supposed to stop by noon today in Nashville, so roads should be cleared by tomorrow afternoon.

10:22 AM  
Blogger Fearless.True said...

yeah i was proud of the ladies last night, i'm sure there will be great attendance today too, just hope we pull it out

10:30 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

So are the Senior Bowl and the AU-AL game both at 3 pm?

10:31 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Cincy...yep.

10:36 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

$20? I'd pay 6-7, but no more, to watch any games during Lebo's final year.

10:42 AM  
Blogger The Great Communicator (aka Jet) said...

Prediction: UAT 75, AU 61 (after AU leads @ half by 1).

10:51 AM  
Blogger Fearless.True said...

Jet, that sounds about right after what we've watched the past couple weeks

10:55 AM  
Blogger digger4au said...

Don't know if Auburn can score 61 against the slow down game that Bama plays

10:59 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Let me be the first to predict an Auburn win over the walmartians today. And I think it will be by more than just a squeak by score.

11:02 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

We're on our way to the Loveliest Village. I sure hope the men surprise us today.

PF, Iwouldn't pay $20 either. When I saw how much they were, I said, "That's BS. They should be $10 at the most for the product that Lebo is putting on the court.". Besides that, our seats are in the rafters!

11:05 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Cincy always with her orange and blue glasses on!

11:07 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Y'all know I'm outfitted with the latest in orange colored glasses and I live in la-la land. But, it is a wonderful way to live.

11:08 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Luv,
Have a great time and pull us through with a W!!

11:09 AM  
Blogger digger4au said...

cincy I hope you are right it could happen.

11:11 AM  
Blogger Ruth said...

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11:14 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

I'll do my best, Cincy! At least they have the advantage of the crowd like they did against UK.

11:15 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

LUV - thanks for supporting our Tigers in person! Have a safe trip.


JayGT - I'll be enjoying the blawwwwwggin

11:20 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Was MrsTHT supposed to work today?
No.
Did they call MrsTHT to come in today?
No.
Where is MrsTHT?
At work.

11:25 AM  
Blogger stupup74 said...

Auburn gets it done today, book it 78-65

WDE

11:31 AM  
Blogger bigdaddy334 said...

Stu drinking the crazy punch

11:39 AM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

Let me first say that I hope AU wins today 83-64 while shooting 60% from the field and setting a school record for 3's made in a game.

Realistically, I think we come closer to shooting 34%, with 26 turnovers, and lose 73-49. Reed will be our leading scorer with 19 after shooting 28% from the floor and having 18 turnovers. But, Lebo leaves him in the game for some reason.

11:40 AM  
Blogger bigdaddy334 said...

I hope AU wins but I don't know. I will say I was at the game Sharpe hit the game winner from half court wow that was great

11:40 AM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

I'd pay $20 (even though I can't be there) if JJ would guarantee it WOULD be Lebo's last year.

11:46 AM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

I can't get today's game but the Ladies are on ESNU tomorrow at 6:00 EST.

11:48 AM  
Blogger CH=B said...

AU will beat the walmartians today by about 8. Sullivan and Knox will both have big games.

11:48 AM  
Blogger CH=B said...

but it still won't be enough to save Lebo's job.

What year was it that we beat them by 50?

11:49 AM  
Blogger Fearless.True said...

i hope we pull it out...would like to see an SEC win live

11:52 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Feb. 14, 1970: Auburn 121, Alabama 78 in Auburn
(John Mengelt had 60 points for AU)

Jan. 18, 1998: Auburn 94, Alabama 40 in Auburn

12:20 PM  
Blogger The Great Communicator (aka Jet) said...

One thing I'm concerned about if they demolish the Beav: the plaque on the concourse that memorializes the construction has my father's name on it. He's listed as the secretary of the bond committee that financed the construction. I don't want that to be lost. Otherwise, implode the dump.

12:29 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Surely they'll try to auction/sell memorabilia from the dump? I can't think of any I'd want.

12:41 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

Jet you should try and contact the univeristy and ask if you can have it.

12:43 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

watching the WVU and L'ville game. Huggins is the type of coach I want. The refs just missed a very easy call and he got all over them. He didn't just make faces and sit on his hands.

12:48 PM  
Blogger The Great Communicator (aka Jet) said...

CH ... That's my intent.

12:48 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Jet - I already contacted them. It's mine but I'll entertain offers.

1:07 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

I still don't know if a Huggins type coach would rally the fan base, and more importantly, the students.

Maybe I'm wrong, though.

1:15 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

This explains some of Au's issues this year.


http://www.auburnundercover.com/news/articles/2010/1/29/lost-recruiting-classes-stymie-auburn-basketball

1:18 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

E-bro, I don't necessarily mean him exactly but I want someone with his fire. I keep going back to B. Pearl, not only is he firery but he brings the fans/students into the program.

1:19 PM  
Blogger Loganville Tiger said...

I Wish I cared about basketball. It would bridge the gap between college football and baseball starting up in the spring. But I don't.

These are my darkest hours now awaiting the start of baseball season with a little spring football practice nuggets thrown in.

1:20 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Didn't the football coach doom himself with similar circumstances?

1:21 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

You would be correct Seanzie, a little different situation though.

1:21 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Presdient Obama has joined Verne and Clark down on the court at the moment.

Not something you see everyday.

1:26 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

CHB...I hear ya. Pearl is the type of coach I have in mind as well, minus the off the court issues of his player.

I want to have a coach who can recruit and can have a fundamentally sound team, but before that, I'd settle for a coach to rally everyone around him...as much as is possible at Auburn anyway.

1:28 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Obama takin' basketball...isn't he supposed to be taking on the BCS or something?

1:29 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

There may be other factors in the basketball recruiting problems, but the majority of the blame has to fall squarely on Lebo. It's his job to get the players and make sure they're ready. He isn't doing either.

1:47 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

That's referring to PM's article.

1:47 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

FWIW-Just read a blurb from the Miami Rivals site that listed the visitors this weekend. They list Coleman as a visitor and the Rivals guy says:
The Skinny: Coleman's coach confirmed for CaneSport that he will visit this weekend, but it'll be tough to pull him from Auburn where he is committed.

thought you might want to know that.

1:56 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

NOVA-there are other issues that kept this team down, but Lebo does bare the wrath for it. He may not get a chance to go t the new arena, but the new guy needs to be a GOOD hire. AU does not need a fill the shoes coach to just get by.

I have said this for a long time. if you win, fans will come.
That happens everywhere. Look at the high school level. If the team does not win, the attendance is very poor.

1:59 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

thanks, wtc!

1:59 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

wtc - I have it on good authority that, if you build it, they will come.

Get some.

2:11 PM  
Blogger The Great Communicator (aka Jet) said...

Here's my guy ...

http://www.vcuathletics.com/mbb_coaches.php

Shaka can!

2:19 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

If you build it but you still have a coach that can't recruit, they won't come.

2:20 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Man, what is all this basketball jibber jabber?

2:37 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

I know Michael, last I checked Auburn's team had yet to effectively join in the SEC basketball season.

2:39 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

Werd on da skreet is....
Jones is visiting LaTech with friend and teammate Alan Turner this weekend. Turner is expected to commit to LT, and if he does, Jones comes to AU. Lemonier, Whit, and Latt will all be part of the AU class come Wednesday...
At least that is what I am hearing. My dog just ran through a mud hole to tell me.

2:41 PM  
Blogger digger4au said...

My sidegirl's mother said nobody really knows where this last handful of croots is going.Stay tuned for more enlightment.

2:48 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Ten minutes until fingers meet leather.

2:50 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Miller, I'm reading the same thing; and Coleman is still committed to Auburn.

2:50 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

New chat thread UPZ.

2:54 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Over/Under on D. Reed's shooting percentage is set at 31%? Whatcha got?

2:55 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Never meet a side-girl's mother.

2:56 PM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Obviously, the online program to order tix is NOT set up as "best available" cuz when I said we'd be sitting in the rafters, I wasn't kidding. We are in the very top row.

WAR EAGLE, ANYWAY, HOTTIES!!!!

2:59 PM  

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