Lebo Wary of Gamecock Guard

Jeff Lebo is preparing his team for the Southeastern Conference opener on the road vs. South Carolina.

Auburn, Ala.--Jeff Lebo says a little guy could be big trouble for his Auburn Tigers when his team opens SEC basketball play on Saturday in Columbia against the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Devan Downey, a 5-9, 175 guard, is averaging 20.5 points per game for the Gamecocks. He is averaging 4.5 assists per game and 2.7 rebounds.

Last season he earned first team All-SEC honors with averages of 18.4 points and 5.4 assists.

"South Carolina has probably one of the best little guys in the country in Devin Downey, who I think is an NBA player," Lebo says. "He can flat-out beat you by himself. He is just a terrific, terrific player.

"He had 37 against Clemson at home," the Auburn coach adds. "He really beat Baylor the second half. South Carolina is coming off a big win on the road at Baylor, who was Top 20 coming into that game. He flat-out put them on his back and willed them to a victory at Baylor.

"We will have our work cut out," Lebo adds. "He is a tough guy to have to defend. Our backcourt players will be in for a big challenge."

The Gamecocks are 11-2 going into the SEC opener while the Tigers are 10-4 overall with a seven-game winning streak. Tipoff time is set for 6 p.m. CST in Columbia.

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