Musketeers Offer Major Challenge for AU

A report on the Auburn basketball team features comments on the head coach and a preview of Xavier.

Auburn, Ala.--Jeff Lebo's Auburn basketball team faces what should be its toughest pre-conference test as the 3-3 Tigers travel to Cincinnati to take on 14th-ranked Xavier on Wednesday night.

The 6-0 Musketeers will challenge Auburn's inside game with a front line that goes 6-10, 6-8, 6-8. A plus 8.3 rebounds per game margin compares with minus 2.0 for the Tigers.

"They have offensive rebounding, the ability to get the ball in around the basket area off the bounce and post-up positions," says Auburn coach Jeff Lebo. "They are big and strong."

Derrick Brown, a 6-8, 227 junior, leads the Musketeers in scoring at 12.7 points per game and is averaging 5.2 rebounds.

The top rebounder is 6-10, 245 junior Jason Love, who is averaging 6.0 points and 6.5 rebounds.

C.J. Anderson, a 6-8, 226 sophomore, is averaging 10.2 points and 5.2 rebounds.

B.J. Raymond, a 6-0, 185 guard, is the second-leading scorer at 10.7 per game and is averaging 4.3 rebounds.

Xavier's other starter is 6-3, 196 junior guard Dante Jackson, who is averaging 6.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists.

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. CST time with TV coverage on CBS College Sports.

Xavier is off to its best start since winning its first 10 games to open the 1996-97 season. Last year at Auburn the Musketeers pounded the Tigers 80-57 to tie the all-time series with the Tigers at 3-3.

Xavier is coming off a 60-53 victory vs. Miami of Ohio in which Brown scored a career-high 23 points. The Musketeers defeated 12th-ranked Memphis 63-58 to win the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament.

Xavier is scoring 68.9 points per game and giving up 58.7 compared to the Tigers who are scoring 68.8 and giving up 63.7 through six games.

Auburn scheduled the home-and-home series with Xavier so senior guard Quantez Robertson could play in front of friends and family in Cincinnati. Robertson says he is expecting his parents and about 50 others there to cheer him on vs. the Musketeers. He is averaging 7.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists this season.

Sophomore guard DeWayne has taken the team scoring lead at 13.8 points per game. Korvotney Barber is next at 13.2 and is joined in double figures by Tay Waller at 12.9 points per contest.

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