Auburn tries to kick-start its season against winless Grambling State.
Auburn comes off a 10-day break for finals to host Grambling State at 7 p.m. CT at Auburn Arena. The Tigers (2-5) will try to break their four-game losing losing streak against Grambling, a team that hasn't won a game all season.
Last season, Grambling was the lowest ranked team in college basketball according to KenPom.com, finishing the season 4-24 (4-14 SWAC), and the Tigers remain as the lowest ranked team for this season, as well. The top player for Grambling last year was Quincy Roberts, who declared for the NBA draft and went undrafted. Roberts took 38 percent of the Tigers' shots and scored 23.9 points per game. This season, guard Terry Rose's 16.5 points per game leads Grambling, which has lost by 31, 33, 27, 26, 40 and 35 points in its six games played.
Auburn leads this series 4-0, and the Tigers won the last meeting in 2010, 63-45. Auburn has never lost to a SWAC team, compiling a 20-0 record. Sullivan leads the SEC with 19.7 points per game, and he has scored 20 points or more in five of Auburn's games this season. In the Tigers' last win, Sullivan scored a game-high 24 points, including 20 in the second half, to defeat College of Charleston, 55-51, in the Charleston Classic. Sullivan is accounting for 31.7 percent of Auburn's scoring as a senior and ranks fifth in the conference in total points scored. Chubb, the key to giving Auburn success in the post, is coming off a season-high 17 points and 13 rebounds in the loss to DePaul on Nov 30.
Look for junior guard Chris Denson (6'2, 175) to return to the court after being academically ineligible since the start of the season. As of Auburn's last game against DePaul, junior forward Shareif Adamu (6-8, 225) was suspended indefinitely for violation of team rules.
Tony Barbee on Grambling State:
"Grambling is a team that likes to get out in transition. They like to get easy baskets off steals. Their leading scorer, Terry Rose, is averaging 16 points, and he is their best 3-point shooter. We will need to pay attention to him. They are not a big team, but they are very quick and small and try to beat you off the dribble."
Barbee on the time off:
"We had things that we could work on and that was good for us. We got in some good practices and the guys cleared their head and prepared for exams. We also were able to prepare on the basketball court to get better. Hopefully, this break will help us as we prepare for Grambling State and where we go from here."