Lebo Thoroughly Impressed by 15-0 Gators

Auburn, Ala.--Jeff Lebo's Tigers couldn't have a tougher assignment as they attempt to get their first SEC win as they take on the hottest team in the league on Saturday in Gainesville.

Florida, unbeaten and riding a school-record 15-game winning streak, will play host to the Tigers at 5 p.m. CST at the soldout O'Connell Center. The game will be telecast on Fox Sports Net and SUN.

Auburn coach Jeff Lebo, whose team is 8-5 overall and 0-2 in the SEC, says he is very impressed with the No. 2 ranked Gators.

"They can do a little bit of everything, which is scary," Lebo says. "They can score from every spot. They defend. They are unselfish. They pass the pass extremely well. They rebound. They play unselfishly. Fifteen in a row is awfully impressive. It is kind pick your poison with them, especially with them playing at home."

The Gators feature five starters scoring in double figures led by 6-8, 185 sophomore forward Corey Brewer. He is averaging 13.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.

Taurean Green, a 6-0, 177 sophomore guard, is averaging 13.6 points and 5.0 assists per contest.

Another sophomore, Joakim Noah, a 6-11, 227 center, is averaging 12.1 points and 5.6 rebounds. Al Horford, a 6-9, 242 sophomore from the Dominican Republic, is averaging 12.1 points and 6.8 rebounds.

Rounding out the starting lineup, 6-2 junior guard Lee Humphrey is leading the nation in three-point accuracy, hitting 55.3 percent of his treys. He is averaging 12.0 points and 2.3 assists.

Lee Humphrey is a hoppin', hotshot Gator guard.

As a team the Gators are hitting 52.6 percent of their shots and scoring 83.3 points per game. Auburn is averaging 67.5 points per game and hitting 44.8 percent of its shots.

The Gators are nailing 41.8 percent of their threes compared to 38.3 for the Tigers.

Florida is also enjoying a plus 4.2 rebound margin per outing while Auburn is at minus 0.5.

The Gators are also enjoying a 16-game winning streak at their 12,000-seat home arena. All things considered, it is a major challenge for the Tigers.

"If we go down there with our heads between our tails, it could get real ugly, real fast," Lebo says.

Lebo says he wants senior guard/forward Ronny LeMelle to keep shooting despite an off night vs. Alabama on Wednesday.

Ronny LeMelle leads the Tigers at 11.9 points per game. The Tigers lost their last outing to Alabama on Wednesday with reserve forward Emanuel Willis unable to play after being injured just before halftime at Vanderbilt. Lebo says he is sure what his status will be, but the rest of the team should be ready to play.

"I don't know if would have made a difference, but we need all of the help we can get," Lebo says.

Whoever Auburn puts on the floor is going to have to deal with an athletic team that passes the ball well. With all five starters scoring in double figures, it is a tough group to defend.

"Their team speed this year is unbelievable," Lebo notes, who adds that Billy Donovan's Gator teams are known for being good shooters and this one is no different.

"They have always had skilled guys," Lebo says. "This year I think they are probably a little bit of a surprise how they are doing. Their unselfishness and team chemistry seems to be at a peak."


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