Tigers to Face Dayton and Northern Iowa

Jeff Lebo's Auburn basketball team will be in action both Friday and Saturday.

Hoffman Estates, Ill.--Jeff Lebo's Tigers are on their first road trip of the season with back-to-back games in the Chicago Invitational on Friday vs. 4-0 Dayton and on Saturday vs. 3-1 Northern Iowa.

"We are going to see a Dayton team that is very, very physical and plays outstanding defense," says Lebo, whose Tigers are 3-1 going in to Friday's 5 p.m. CST tipoff at the Sears Centre.

"They will be the best team we have faced to date," Lebo says. "They execute very well offensively. They have unbelievable speed at the two (shooting guard) and three (small forward) and they can really defend."

Dayton's opponents are shooting just 32 percent from the field and averaging 45.5 points per game

Offensively, the Flyers are led by 6-8, 226 sophomore forward Chris Wright, who is averaging 15 points and 6.5 rebounds. Marcus Johnson, a 6-3 junior guard, is scoring 11.5 points per contest.

"We are going to travel for the first time," Lebo says. "We haven't played away from home yet even though it is a neutral floor. We will see how we respond. We have a lot of new faces out there that haven't played in a neutral environment or played on the road. We will find out a lot about our basketball team this week."

The Tigers will take on Northern Iowa of the Missouri Valley Conference at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

"We have a quick turnaround against a Northern Iowa team that runs 400,000 different plays," Lebo says. "We don't have any time to prepare for them. They are a team that can really, really shoot the basketball."

Auburn heads to Chicago Land following a 61-46 victory over Bethune-Cookman, a team that Dayton crushed 78-38 this year. The same night the Tigers were playing Bethune-Cookman, Dayton outscored Mercer 71-53. Auburn's only loss was a 78-74 decision vs. Mercer.

Korvotney Barber leads the Tigers in scoring at 14.5 points per game and Tay Waller, who didn't score on Tuesday, is next with 13.8 points per contest.

Dayton's tallest starter is 6-10, 245 junior Kurt Huelsman, who is averaging 3.3 points and 6.5 rebounds. Joining Wright at forward is 6-6, 247 Charles Little, who is scoring 6.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.

Joining Johnson at guard is 6-0 junior London Warren, who is averaging 2.8 points and 4.8 assists per game.


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