"It will be a big game for Alabama A&M coming in here," says Auburn head coach Jeff Lebo. "I know they will play well. They have a terrific shot blocker inside in Mickell Gladness, who is 6-11 and ranks second in the country with almost six blocks a game."
Gladness, a senior, is averaging 7.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 5.8 blocks per contest. The leading scorer and the only player averaging double figures is 6-3 guard Evan Hilton at 13.5 points per game and six rebounds.
"They have an excellent scorer in Evan Hilton on the perimeter," Lebo notes. "They play a lot of mixing defenses, mixing a lot of zones with their man-to-man. We will have to recognize that with our point guard to get in the right play.
"They are an excellent transition team," Lebo adds. "Our transition defense will be tested. I thought defensively we did a lot of good things versus Mercer. However, we missed six layups."
Auburn is led in scoring and rebounds by junior Korvotney Barber, who is averaging 14.3 points and 7.8 boards. Rasheem Barrett is just behind at 14 ppg and Quan Prowell is dropping in 13.7 points in his three games this season.
However, Lebo is down to seven scholarship players and DeWayne Reed and Frank Tolbert are struggling mightily shooting the ball this season.
Barber leads the nation at 73.9 percent from the field. However, he is just 12-35 from the foul line and point guard DeWayne Reed is just 15-34 from the line.
"Defensively we have done a pretty good job despite our weaknesses for the most part," Lebo says. "Besides our first game we were not very good defensively on the road. We have found ways to win. That has been the best thing. We have competed. With our lack of depth, we have found ways. These kids have been iron men.
"The Mercer game was the second time in (Quantez Robertson) Tez's career that he gave the tired signal. That concerns me a little bit because I am not used to seeing that from him. We have found ways to win."
The game will be televised on CSS.