"The thing that they are doing is they are making timely threes, which shows their experience," Barbee says of the Commodores. "They are averaging 76 points a game during their winning streak.
"They are really scoring the ball and are knocking on 80 points a game over the last nine games," the coach adds. "I think they are starting to peak at the right time heading into March."
Barbee's Tigers, who were playing their best basketball of the season, saw that change on Wednesday at Ole Miss as they suffered their worst loss of the season, a 90-59 drubbing. That dropped the record to 9-16 overall and 2-9 in the SEC.
"You just have to chalk it up as a loss, move on from it and try to learn," Barbee says of his team's loss to Ole Miss. "It was just one of those games where they played exceptionally well and we played very poorly."
Center Festus Ezeli, a 6-11, 255 junior from Nigeria, is averaging 12.6 points and 6.4 rebounds.
Off the bench forward Lance Goulbourne, a 6-8, 230 junior, is averaging 7.0 points and 6.9 rebounds. Another sub, 6-9, 245 forward Steve Tchiengang from Cameroon, is scoring 5.4 points per contest and pulling in 3.2 rebounds.
Starting guard Brad Tinsley, a 6-3, 210 junior, leads the SEC in assists with 4.5 per game and is also averaging 10.6 points and 4.1 rebounds.
Earnest Ross passes the ball for Auburn.
Earnest Ross, a 6-5 sophomore guard, leads the Tigers in scoring with 13.3 points per game and he is the top rebounder with 6.7 per contest.
The game will be televised on the SEC Network.