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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Auburn set to take on Florida at the SEC tourney

You're looking LIVE at Nashville! And here's the answer everyone's been waiting for: blue.

Yes, Auburn will wear blue for tonight's SEC tournament game against Florida, which will tip off at 7:30 p.m. ET. OK, the Tigers' sartorial choice probably isn't what's on everyone's mind. It's whether or not this is Jeff Lebo's last stand as Auburn's coach. Well, those answers won't come until later.

In the meantime, we'll be tweeting throughout tonight's game. Follow along here.

Here are some other things you should know about tonight's game:
  • Florida (20-11) won the first matchup, 78-70 in Gainesville on Feb. 18. That game was pretty much even, except for the Gators going 32-for-40 from the line.
  • The Gators, who have lost three straight, better not sleep on this game. ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi has them as a No. 12 seed in his latest projections. Auburn could potentially knock Florida out of the tournament for the second straight season.
  • It'll be tough. As we tweeted earlier, the SEC West is 0-25 this season against the top-four teams from the East, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Florida.
  • Not a great sign: Auburn has lost eight straight games in Nashville. Of course, most of those came at Vanderbilt, a tough place to play.
  • The Tigers are 3-4 in SEC tournament games played in Nashville.
  • They're 0-3 in Bridgestone Arena. Florida is 5-2.
  • Auburn is 3-3 against Florida in the tournament, including the aforementioned win in Tampa last season.
  • Lebo is 1-6 all-time against Florida coach Billy Donovan.
  • Tay Waller has scored 20 points or more in each of his last five SEC games, the first Auburn player since Wesley Person in 1994 to do so. Waller has averaged 25.6 points in the last five games, shooting 57 percent (31-for-54) from 3-point range.
  • DeWayne Reed needs only one more steal to move into first on Auburn's all-time list. He's currently tied with Quantez Robertson (2005-09) with 210.

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