Auburn (12-7, 2-2 SEC) at Mississippi State (10-6, 1-2)
Tipoff: Saturday at 2 p.m. at Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, Miss.
Mississippi State lineup: F Richard Delk, 6-4, So., 7.4 ppg.; F Charles Rhodes, 6-8, Jr., 11.6 ppg., 6.7 rpg.; C Jarvis Varnado, 6-9, Fr., 6.2 ppg., 5.4 rpg., 2.4 blocks; G Reginald Delk, 6-4, So., 9.6 ppg.; G Jamont Gordon, 6-4, So., 15.3 ppg., 7.5 rpg., 4.8 assists.
Auburn lineup: F Josh Dollard, 6-7, So., 10.7 ppg., 7.3 rpg.; F Quan Prowell, 6-8, Jr., 12.3 ppg., 6.3 rpg.; G Frank Tolbert, 6-4, Jr., 12.2 ppg., 5.3 rpg.; G Rasheem Barrett, 6-5, So., 12.7 ppg., 4.8 rpg.; G Quantez Robertson, 6-3, So., 7.8 ppg., 4.4 rpg., 5.3 assists.
Noteworthy: Auburn is 2-2 against Mississippi State since Jeff Lebo took over as coach before the 2004-05 season. Both teams have won the games on their home courts. ... Mississippi Stateís two league losses came at Kentucky (64-60) and at Tennessee (92-84). ... Auburn has lost nine of the past 11 to Mississippi State. ... The Tigersí two SEC wins have been by a combined six points and one of the losses was by two points. ... Through Jan. 27, Auburn will be tied with Georgia, North Carolina and Florida State for having played the most ranked teams, each at nine. ... Auburnís 83-80 win over No. 22 Tennessee on Wednesday night gave the Tigers 12 wins, or as many wins as they had all of the 2005-06 season.
- Bradley Handwerger, Daily Sports Writer
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