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Auburn coach Jeff Lebo doesn't appear happy with player Josh Dollard during the Tigers' loss at Kentucky on Wednesday.
'Big Baby' next
Auburn's Lebo has no shortage
of respect for LSU post player
By Bradley Handwerger
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Jeff Lebo once again will see his favorite collegiate player on the court Saturday when his Auburn team plays at LSU.
Of course, that's not exactly a good thing considering that player, preseason All-American Glen "Big Baby" Davis, plays for LSU.
When Auburn (11-6, 1-1 SEC) tips off at 2 p.m. against the No. 13 Bengal Tigers (11-4, 0-1), Lebo will get his first of two regular-season looks at the 6-foot-9, 295-pound monster forward. Watch carefully and you may see Lebo blush while gazing at Davis' work on the court.
He certainly has nothing but good things to say about the Bengal Tigers' star.
"I very rarely — watching him play for the last couple of years — see him have bad game," Lebo said. "His effort is always there. There's not a guy in college basketball who understands how to use his body better than him."
Lebo gushed on further.
"He's like two guys out there when he catches it on the post," Lebo said. "And he understands that's who he is. A lot of guys have a hard time understanding who they are, what they are. Not him. He's as good a below-the-rim guy as I've seen in a long time."
Because Auburn doesn't have much inside to match up with Davis, the Tigers will have to rely on outside shooting to carry the day. And if there was any good news from Auburn's 84-57 loss at Kentucky on Wednesday, it's that guard Kelvin Lewis began finding his range.
The freshman guard from Houston scored a career-high 14 points, all in the second half. That included four 3-pointers.
"We need somebody on the perimeter to step up and make shots," Lebo said. "We've seen zone. We need someone to make shots. We need somebody on a consistent basis."
But in the end, Saturday's result will largely be determined by Davis, who had 24 points and 17 rebounds in a Wednesday loss at Alabama.
"He outweighs us by so much," Lebo said. "He's so much stronger."
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