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Published: March 04, 2011, 04:55 PM (CT)
by Kent Lowe (@LSUkent), Sr. Associate SID

BATON ROUGE - The LSU men's basketball team closes out its Southeastern Conference schedule in the same manner it opened it early in January as the Tigers play the Auburn Tigers in the final game of the regular season Saturday night at 6 p.m. at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The game will be televised regionally on FSN and broadcast on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network (WTGE New Country 100.7 FM The Tiger in Baton Rouge) and at www.LSUsports.net/live.

Tickets for the game are available at LSUtix.net online and beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the upper concourse ticket windows of the Maravich Center. The famed "Zooperstars" will entertain at halftime.

Both teams have recorded 3-12 records since the teams met in the opening game of the league season in Auburn. That night LSU held Auburn to just six first-half points before Auburn turned on the pressure defense in the second half and got the game with in single digits before LSU got the win, 62-55.

The Auburn Tigers have two wins in the last six games, while LSU won 1 of its last three heading into the contest. The winner will be the fifth seed next week in the SEC men's tournament, while the loser will be the sixth seed.

The LSU Tigers are 11-19 and the Auburn Tigers are 10-19 under first-year Coach Tony Barbee.

"Coach Barbee's done a heck of a job without question," said LSU Coach Trent Johnson. "What I remember about our game is we shot the ball exceptionally well and they were coming off a very impressive win over Florida State, so I think we caught them at the right time. What I do remember is in the second half their quickness and explosiveness really caused us problems and it changed the game. Their improvement has been based on their kids continuing to compete. There are some athletes there and there is some skill level there."

Leading the LSU charge lately are the two players who either missed or were limited in the first meeting between the two squads - freshman Ralston Turner and junior Storm Warren.

Turner missed the first meeting with a stress reaction in her foot suffered late in the game before against Virginia, but since returning, Turner has had seven consecutive double figure scoring games including back-to-back games of 18 points versus Vanderbilt and Georgia. Turner averaging a team best 13.1 points per game and is one of seven freshmen averaging in double figures in league games (12.2).

Warren played just seven minutes in the game but the junior was limited with tendonitis in his Achilles. In the last three games, Warren has scored 52 points and made 23-of-42 field goals, including a team best and personal career high of 24 against Vanderbilt.

Auburn is led by Earnest Ross, averaging 13.3 points for the season and 16.1 points per contest over the last seven games. Kenny Gabriel is also in double figures with 10.2 a game.

LSU's first game in the SEC Tournament will be on Thursday.

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