Two Tigers Lead National Hoops Statistics

A report on Auburn's 4-1 basketball team is featured as the Tigers prepare to play in Birmingham.

Auburn, Ala.--Jeff Lebo's Tigers will face what is expected to be their toughest opponent so far this season on Wednesday night in Birmingham as they take on a 5-1 West Virginia team in the Pizza Hut Big East/SEC Invitational.

Tipoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. at the Birmingham-Jefferson County Civic Center as the second half of a doubleheader that matches Georgetown and Alabama in the opening contest.

Korvotney Barber drives to the basket in Auburn's win over Alabama last January. The Tigers swept the season series vs. the Tide.

Auburn, 4-1 following a 74-70 win at George Washington on Sunday, features the nation's leader in field goal percentage, junior Korvotney Barber. Leading the Tigers in scoring at 16.2 points per game and in rebounds with 8.2 per contest, Barber is making 79.5 percent of his shots.

As a team the Tigers are shooting well, too, hitting 50.9 percent from the field, which is 15th nationally.

The Tigers are doing even better in the steals category with 12.4 game, which is good enough for fourth in the nation.

Sophomore guard DeWayne Reed, who tied a school record with eight steals vs. George Washington, averages 4.0 per contest, which is number one nationally.

Senior guard Frank Tolbert, who is averaging 2.8 steals, is 20th nationally and junior guard Quantez Robertson is 34th nationally with 2.6 steals per contest.

Auburn leads the all-time series with West Virginia 2-1, but the two teams have not played since the Tigers took an 84-59 victory on Dec. 8th, 1979 in Auburn.

The game will be televised on ESPN2.

West Virginia features four starters scoring in double figures led by 14.8 points per game from 6-6 junior guard Alex Ruoff. Coach Bob Huggins, who made the move to WVU this season after coaching at Kansas State last year, watched his team defeat Winthrop 70-53 on Saturday with Joe Alexander, a 6-8, 230 junior forward, scoring 19 points and pulling in 10 rebounds.

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