Looking for something they desperately need, Johnny Jones leads his purple and gold Tigers Wednesday night into Auburn Arena on the campus of Auburn University.
The LSU Tigers enter the contest with a 9-7 regular season record and a paltry 1-4 conference record in tow. The team is 1-2 on the road and is coming off a stretch of losses by a combined 62-points in the last three games. It has not won a game since beating Missouri on the road 88-77 on January 4, 2017.
Over that same period, Auburn is 1-4 downing its overall record to 11-6 and conference record to 1-4. The Tigers began their SEC slate of games with losses at home against Georgia and on the road at Vanderbilt and at home against Ole Miss before beating Missouri 77-72 on the road six nights after LSU's Tigers did the same. Auburn followed it up with a 20-point loss in Lexington against Kentucky.
The three leading scorers for Auburn in its SEC games are Mustapha Heron, Jared Harper, and T.J. Dunans.
Heron is a six-foot five inch tall freshman coming at defenses with his 215-pound body. He is averaging 27.5 minutes in all 17 games and scores at 43 percent clip from the field including 42 percent from beyond the arc. He is also 85-for-111 from the free throw line. He led his team with 19 points against Georgia and with 16 points against Missouri.
Harper is a five-foot 10-inch freshman guard weighing 165-pounds. He sees his shooting percentage at 41 percent during his 26.3 average of playing time. He is 31-for-90 from the three point line and batting 67-for-96 from the charity stripe. He led his Tigers with 19-points at Vanderbilt and 24-points at home against Ole Miss.
Dunans is a junior college transfer from Columbia State Community College in South Carolina. The six-foot five inch 187-pound guard led his team with 23-points in the loss at Rupp Arena.
Both Tiger teams sit toward the cellar of the SEC Standings ahead of Texas A&M and Missouri and will fight to climb one step ahead of the other at 7:30 PM CST on the SEC Network and on the LSU Sports Radio Network.