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Hoops today: Auburn vs. LSU

The matchup: Auburn (14-15, 4-11) vs. LSU (17-12, 7-8)

Kenny Gabriel will play his final home game today against LSU.

Where: Auburn Arena

When: Today at 1 p.m. CST.


The coaches: Auburn's Tony Barbee is 25-35 in his second season at Auburn and 107-87 in his sixth season overall. Trent Johnson is 67-60 in his fourth season at LSU and 226-181 in his 13th season overall.

Probable Auburn starters: 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, 5.0 rpg, 0.9 bpg; G Josh Wallace (5-10, 170, Jr.) (3.3 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 2.0 apg; G Frankie Sullivan (6-1, 206, Jr.) 12.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.3 apg.

Off the Auburn bench: G Chris Denson (6-2, 172, So.) 8.5 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.1 apg; F Josh Langford (5.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg); Adrian Forbes (6-8, 232, Sr.) 2.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg; C Willy Kouassi (6-10, 219, Fr.) 1.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg).

Probable LSU starters: F Johnny O'Bryant (6-9, 262, Fr.) 8.5 ppg, 6.7 rpg; C Justin Hamilton (7-0, 260, Fr.) 13.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.3 bpg; G Anthony Hickey (5-11, 182, Fr.) 9.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.7 apg; G Andre Stringer (5-9, 178, So.) 10.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.6 apg; G Ralston Turner (6-6, 205, So.) 8.7 ppg, 25 rpg, 1.5 apg.

Off the LSU bench: F Storm Warren (6-7, 230, Sr.) 8.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg; F Malcolm White (6-9, 220, Sr.) 3.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg.

About the game: It is Senior Day for Auburn for Kenny Gabriel, Adrian Forbes, Tony Neysmith and Jake Drum along with two managers, Ryan Carley and Daniel Kosmala. Auburn has lost three straight and needs to win to improve on last season's SEC record. LSU has lost two straight and needs to win to keep its fading NCAA Tournament hopes alive.

Quoting Auburn HC Tony Barbee: "Kenny Gabriel has had a great two years playing for us here. He has been a really important part of what we do as far as his leadership role, the type of young man he is on and off the court."

Noteworthy: Guard Chris Denson returned in Wednesday's game against Alabama after being suspended for one game, but there is no word on the status of Varez Ward. ... LSU defeated Auburn 65-58 in overtime on Jan. 17 in Baton Rouge. ... Auburn has won four of its last six meetings with LSU. ... If Auburn beats LSU, it will be the No. 10 seed in next week's SEC Tournament. If Auburn loses and Georgia wins, Auburn will be the No. 11 seed.

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