October 23, 2007

Basketball Tigers focusing on defense

Auburn head coach Jeff Lebo returns a veteran team for his fourth season on the Plains. But if the Tigers are to step up their play and reach the postseason for the first time since 2002-3, they'll have to improve in several important areas.

No. 1 on that list is stepping up their play and intensity on defense. AU ranked 11th in the SEC in scoring defense last season and Lebo has made that a priority through the first 10 days of preseason drills.

"I would like to be a little further along defensively," said Lebo. "We've spent the majority of time there and that's one of the areas that we need to really get better."

So far, the Tigers are focusing exclusively on their man-to-man defense.

"If you want to be good defensively, even in your zone, you have to be good in your man-to-man and these kids have to understand those principles," said Lebo.

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