Vot Hoping to Attend "Garden" Party

Senior Korvotney Barber and his Tigers will play in the NIT at home on Wednesday night.

Auburn, Ala.--Korvotney Barber is ready to do a little sight-seeing on the way to finishing his collegiate basketball career.

The senior forward for Coach Jeff Lebo says he has never been to New York City. However, that could change soon if Barber and his Auburn basketball teammates play up to their seed for the National Invitational Tournament that starts on Wednesday at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

The Tigers, a one seed in their bracket, will take on UT-Martin from the Ohio Valley Conference at 7 p.m. in the opening round of the 32-team tournament. The Skyhawks are the eighth seed.

A chance to play in New York City's Madison Square Garden, the site of the NIT semi-finals and finals, has perked Barber's interest. "That would be amazing," he says. "I don't think anybody on our team has ever been to Madison Square Garden."

Barber notes that he has never been to New York City. "I want to get there," he says. "It would just prove to a lot of people we should have gotten a bid to the NCAAs. We are just going to to out and play hard every night and try to prove people wrong."

Despite being disappointed with no NCAA Tournament bid, Barber says he is happy to be playing more basketball. "We are very excited about it because it is our first time being in postseason play since I have been here," he points.

Auburn brings a 22-11 record into the game vs. UT-Martin, which posted a 22-9 overall mark and a 14-4 record in the OVC to win the league's regular season title.

Commenting on the key to success for his team, Barber says, "Just staying focused, just staying hungry like we have been the last few games we have been playing. Just staying focused on one thing--win basketball games."

Korvotney Barber hits the boards in a game vs. Florida.

Barber notes that when postseason play starts he will have a rooting interest in the three SEC teams in the NCAA field and the four SEC teams in the NIT. "I hope all of the SEC teams do well," he says.

The next loss will be the last time that Barber puts on his Auburn uniform and the same is true of fellow seniors Quantez Robertson and Rasheem Barrett.

"I am going to miss playing with those guys and playing with the whole team," says Barber, who has become known to his teammates and Auburn fans as "Vot" during four productive seasons. "You know, I came in with those guys so we are real close. We are like brothers. I wish them the best after this whatever they are going to do after this."


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