Hoops tonight: Auburn at Alabama

The matchup: Auburn (14-14, 4-10) at Alabama (19-9, 8-6)

Allen Payne (2) is likely out for the season/Todd Van Emst photo

Where: Coleman Coliseum, Tuscaloosa

When: Today at 7 p.m. CST.

TV: SEC Network.

The coaches: Auburn's Tony Barbee is 25-34 in his second season at Auburn and 107-86 in his sixth season overall. Anthony Grant is 61-36 in his third season at Alabama and 137-61 in his sixth season overall.

Probable Auburn starters: F Kenny Gabriel (6-8, 209, Sr.) 12.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.4 bpg); C Rob Chubb (6-10, 242, Jr.) 8.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.9 bpg; Adrian Forbes (6-8, 232, Sr.) 2.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg; G Josh Wallace (5-10, 170, Jr.) (3.4 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 2.1 apg; G Frankie Sullivan (6-1, 206, Jr.) 12.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.4 apg.

Off the Auburn bench: G Varez Ward (6-2, 208, So.) 9.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.8 apg; G Chris Denson (6-2, 172, So.) 8.5 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.2 apg; F Josh Langford (5.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg); F Noel Johnson (6-6, 200, Jr.) 1.5 ppg, 1.6 rpg; C Willy Kouassi (6-10, 219, Fr.) 1.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg).

Probable Alabama starters: JaMychal Green (6-8, 228, Sr.) 13.9 ppg, 7.0 rpg; G Trevor Lacey (6-3, 200, Fr.) 6.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg; G Levi Randolph (6-5, 185, Fr.) 6.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.8 apg; G Rodney Cooper (6-6, 205, Fr.) 5.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg; G Andrew Steele (6-4, 230, Jr.) 7.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.6 apg.

Off the Alabama bench: G Trevor Releford (6-0, 180, So.); F Nic Jacobs (6-8, 250, Fr.) 6.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg.

About the game: Alabama will try to further enhance its chances of playing in the NCAA Tournament. Auburn will try to bounce back from blowing a 17-point lead at home against Arkansas.

Quoting Auburn HC Tony Barbee: " "We let a tough one slide against Arkansas, one we should have had. When you give one away like that, you have to try to find a way to pick off the next one, and it just happens to be Alabama."

Noteworthy: Sophomore Auburn forward Allen Payne underwent surgery Tuesday and is likely out for the season. ... There is no word on whether suspended Auburn guards Varez Ward and Chris Denson will play against Alabama. ... Auburn had perhaps its worst performance of the season in losing 68-50 to Alabama at home on Feb. 7.

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