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Tigers Face First Road Test Tonight

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Auburn Men's Head Basketball Coach Tony Barbee has raised expectations for his team this season. He has said in interviews this week that he will not tolerate any sluggish play and expects an aggressive style of defense from his Tigers.
Auburn Men's Head Basketball Coach Tony Barbee has raised expectations for his team this season. He has said in interviews this week that he will not tolerate any sluggish play and expects an aggressive style of defense from his Tigers.

The Auburn Tigers traveled Thursday to Newark, New Jersey for tonight's SEC-Big East Basketball Challenge. The Tigers will take on the Seton Hall Pirates (5-1) of the Big East Conference. The 4-0 Tigers are coming off Monday night's 72-59 victory over Arkansas Pine Bluff and are looking for their first road win.

Even though Auburn is undefeated and has already won more than a third of their 2010 -11 win totals, Head Coach Tony Barbee has not been pleased with the Tigers' performance so far this season.

He has been very critical this week after Monday night's game in Auburn. "All of the games have been frustrating so far. I'm not enjoying coaching this group right now because they're not enjoying playing the way you have to play to win at a high level," Barbee said. "We think that it is about trying to outscore people and that is not going to do anything but get you beat. But until the players decide to get angry and play with some (meanness) that's the only time it's going to change."

The Coach has been pretty hard with his comments on individual performances as well. Barbee wants a tough and hard nose defensive playing style from his team. Reports out of Auburn this week have pointed to intense and revved up practice sessions.

Fans can tune in to the Auburn Radio network or watch the game on ESPNU. Hopefully Barbee's ire and those intense practice sessions will produce the effect that he is looking for. Tip off will be at 8 p.m. at the Prudential Center in Newark.