LSU at Auburn, 1 p.m. Saturday
Radio: 98.1 FM. TV: CBS
LSU (17-12, 7-8 SEC)
G Anthony Hickey 5-11, 182, Fr. (9.2 ppg, 3.7 apg, 59 steals)
G Ralston Turner 6-6, 205, So. (8.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 41-115 3pt. FG)
G Andre Stringer 5-9, 175, So. (10.3 ppg, 56-68 FT, 63 assists)
F Johnny O’Bryant 6-8, 250, Fr. (8.5 ppg, 6.7 rpg)
C Justin Hamilton 7-0, 260, Jr. (13.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 94-121 FT)
F Storm Warren 6-7, 230, Sr. (8.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 29 steals)
F Malcolm White 6-8, 220, Sr. (3.4 ppg, 2 rpg)
G John Isaac 6-3, 208, Fr. (2.3 ppg, 15-19 FT)
Coach: Trent Johnson (66-61, 4th season; 225-182, 13th season)
Auburn (14-15, 4-11 SEC)
F Kenny Gabriel 6-8, 209, Sr. (12.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.3 bpg)
F Noel Johnson 6-6, 200, Jr. (1.9 ppg, 1.6 rpg)
C Rob Chubb 6-10, 242, Jr. (8.2 ppg, 4 rpg)
G Frankie Sullivan 6-1, 206, Jr. (12.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.3 apg)
G Josh Wallace 5-10, 170, Jr. (3.3 ppg, 2 apg)
G Chris Denson 6-2, 172, So. (8.5 ppg, 14-37 3-pt. FG)
G Josh Langford 6-7, 209, So. (5.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg)
F Allen Payne 6-6, 210, So. (4.3 ppg, 4 rpg)
Coach: Tony Barbee (25-35, 2nd season; 107-67, 6th season)
The Tigers will open the SEC Tournament at New Orleans Arena on Thursday, seeded 6th, 7th, 8th or 9th.
LSU leads the series 82-62 but trails Auburn 34-33 in games played on The Plains.
Hickey drained four 3-pointers in Wednesday’s loss to Tennessee, which matches a season-high. He’s hit that mark four times, three times in SEC play. It also boosted his percentage in SEC play to 36.8% (25 of 68) from outside the arc.
O’Bryant’s 11-point outing Wednesday was his fourth double-digit scoring game in 10 SEC games and 10th this season.
In the loss to Tennessee, White notched 7 points, his high in an SEC game this season and connected on 3-of-4 free throws.
Andre StringerStringer dished out 3 assists against UT, the seventh time in the last league games he’s had at least that many. Playing 32 minutes despite flu-like symptoms, Stringer shot a season-low four times and only once from 3-point range.
LSU has shot 21 or more free throws in six of the last nine games. In that span, the Tigers have hit 69.7% from the stripe (115 of 165). On the flip side, the last two foes have gone to the line 56 times and hit 41 after Georgia shot only seven – the fewest by an SEC opponent this season.
Barbee announced Friday that guard Varez Ward is suspended and unlikely to play against LSU. Ward is averaging 9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists off the bench and buried a 3-pointer that tied the earlier game with LSU in the final seconds and sent the game to overtime.
Auburn is 13-3 at home, 4-3 in SEC play at Auburn Arena.
AU has lost three straight games, two by six points (Arkansas and at Alabama). Auburn is 3-6 this season in games decided by six points or in overtime.
Chubb’s 15 points and 12 points in the first game against LSU are the only double-double of his career.