LSU basketball grabs key win at Auburn behind 15-0 surge in the second half _lowres

Associated Press photo by Julie Bennett/, Julie Bennett -- LSU guard Tim Quarterman pressures Auburn forward Cinmeon Bowers during LSU's 84-61 win Tuesday night in Auburn, Alabama.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The LSU basketball team will meet Auburn for a third time this season in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament on Friday in Bridgestone Arena.

Auburn, the tournament’s 13th seed, earned the right to face fourth-seeded LSU around 2:30 p.m. Friday (SEC Network) with a 66-59 second-round victory over No. 5 Texas A&M on Thursday.

Auburn, which had lost six games in a row going into the tournament, advanced to Thursday’s game with Texas A&M with a win over Mississippi State on Wednesday night.

LSU (22-9) dropped an 81-77 decision to Auburn on Feb. 5 in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, but came back with an 84-61 crushing of Auburn (14-19) on Feb. 24 in Auburn Arena.

Friday’s LSU-Auburn matchup will actually begin 25 minutes after the conclusion of the Kentucky-Florida game, which opens the third day of the tournament with a noon tip-off.