After getting their first win of the regular basketball season in their last outing, a 68-66 decision over MTSU, the 1-3 Tigers will take on the 3-1 Dolphins at 7 p.m.
The two teams have played a common opponent. Jacksonville won 60-49 at Samford on Wednesday. Auburn lost at home 79-68 to Samford in game two.
"Jacksonville is a fantastic team after watching them on tape," Barbee said. "Their athleticism, speed and quickness and depth are exceptional, and they play 10-11 guys deep.
‘They play an aggressive style," Barbee said. "They are going to press and trap. They play a variety of presses and a variety of zones. They are aggressive in their man-to-man. They shoot the ball well. They rebound the ball well. They have post presence. They are physical. It is going to be a hard game."
Ayron Hardy, a 6-5, 215 senior from Huffman High in Birmingham, leads the Dolphins with averages of 14.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.
Glenn Powell, a 6-5 sophomore forward, is averaging 12.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.
Dolphins opened with an 89-77 loss at Miami, but bounced back with wins over Savannah State (64-54) and Florida Tech (87-75) before winning at Samford.
"I've known their head coach, Cliff Warren, for a long time," Barbee said. "He is a good friend and so it is going to be a challenging game, but the guys are going to be ready to play. It will be a test of wills because Jacksonville plays extremely hard, and that is the point where I am trying to get this team to--playing at a high level for 40 minutes."
Andre Malone has hit 14-25 threes this season.
Sophomore guard Andre Malone leads the Tigers in scoring at 15.5 points per game. Another sophomore guard, Earnest Ross, is next with 12 points per contest and is averaging 6.5 rebounds per game, which is second on the team behind Kenny Gabriel's 8.8 average.
The Dolphins finished 20-13 last year and reached the second round of the NIT. Auburn leads the series 3-1, but the teams last met in 1977 with Auburn taking an 80-66 road victory.