AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- A 78-66 loss at Auburn on Saturday didn't
cost LSU a No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in next week's
Southeastern Conference tournament.
Coach John Brady also thinks his Tigers (18-9, 8-8) should still
be in line for an NCAA tournament bid despite dropping five of
their last six games and losing star forward Jaime Lloreda to a
season-ending foot injury.
"Although we're not the team we were when Jaime was here, I
think what we've done as a team is deserving of being one of the
best 64 teams in the country," said Brady, whose team clinched the
West's second seed when Alabama lost to Mississippi State, 82-81 in
The other Tigers (14-13, 5-11) won't be headed to the NCAA
tournament without winning the SEC tournament. But behind a
career-high 29 points from Brandon Robinson, Auburn swept the
season series from LSU and avoided going from the Sweet 16 to the
SEC West division cellar.
Instead, Auburn moved into the West's No. 4 position and will
play Georgia on Thursday at the Georgia Dome.
"We definitely need to play this kind of style heading into the
tournament," Robinson said. "I feel pretty good about our team
"We have had a chance to win almost every game this year and I
think that will carry over into the tournament," coach Cliff Ellis
LSU's last lead came with 8:07 left in the first half, but a
3-pointer by Mitchell pulled the visiting Tigers within one.
From there, Robinson took over. He scored eight points during a
13-3 spurt that put Auburn ahead 72-61.
Mitchell responded with another 3, but Robinson hit another
basket to put Auburn ahead by double-digits for good.
"We had no answers for Brandon Robinson," Brady said.
With 24 seconds to go on Senior Day, Auburn's four seniors took
the Beard-Eaves Coliseum court likely for the final time. Kyle
Davis, the school's all-time shot blocker, capped the day with his
first career 3-pointer.
"I told everyone before the game that I was going to take one
tonight," said Davis, who was 0-2 from 3-point range before
Saturday. "I didn't call it or anything, just took the open shot.
Luckily it went in."
Young had 11 points in a seesaw first half. Auburn built its
biggest lead at 39-32 on a Lewis Monroe layup with 2:32 left in the
half, but LSU scored five in a row and trailed 42-39 at the break.