Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum where Coach Jeff Lebo's 2-3 Tigers will face the 1-2 Panthers.
Lebo said he could tell in practice that his players are eager to get back into a game situation after what the head coach called a heartbreaker of a loss to North Carolina State in Daytona Beach at the Glenn Wilkes Classic.
"The kids want to play," he says. "This is the way it has to be. We played three games in a row, and we are finally coming home, which we are excited about doing after having four away from home.
"I think we learned a lot about our team, and we learned some areas where we have to get better in," Lebo adds. "The kids are excited about playing and not having a long break here after a loss."
Auburn's coach says his team practiced well in an effort to prepare for Wednesday night's opponent. "It was a disappointing loss,"?he says. "It is just a part of basketball. You will have exciting wins and disappointing losses, and we thought we handled it pretty maturely and practiced hard."
Lebo's Tigers won just one of three games on their road trip to Daytona Beach, Fla.
The two teams have played just once. Auburn won 63-59 in the 2001-2002 season opener. A very talented Tiger squad featuring NBA player Marquis Daniels, Adam Harrington, Kyle Davis, Derrick Bird, Brandon Robinson, Marco Killingsworth and others pulled ahead on a Davis basket in the final minute to avert an upset.
This year's High Point team is lead by a pair of 6-3 sophomore guards. Dan Barbour is averaging 25.3 points per game and Eugene Harris is scoring 15 points per contest. Barber is a major three-point threat. He has nailed 16 of 25 behind the arc this season.
The other starters are 6-6, 210 freshman Corey Law (6.0 points and 5.0 rebounds), 6-11, 220 senior center Cruz Daniels (6.0 points, 7.0 rebounds) and 6-1 junior guard Tehran Cox (5.7 points, 4.3 assists).
David Campell, a 6-4 junior forward, is averaging 8.3 points and 3.0 rebounds as a reserve. Earnest Bridges, a 6-6 junior guard, is averaging 7.7 points and 2.7 rebounds for the Panthers.
A pair of guards are leading Auburn in scoring. Senior DeWayne Reed is averaging 16.8 points per contest and sophomore Frankie Sullivan is scoring 16.4. Senior forward Lucas Hargrove is Auburn's top rebounder with 5.8 per outing. He is also scoring 11.2 points per contest.
With Tay Waller still recovering from a quadriceps injury freshman Earnest Ross is listed as a starter at guard for Wednesday night's game. Ross is averaging eight points and 5.2 rebounds. The other starter, senior Johnnie Lett, is scoring 5.8 points with 3.2 rebounds per contest.
The Panthers defeated Hampden-Sydney 100-74 on Saturday with Barbour scoring 23 and Harris adding 19. High Point also defeated UNC-Pembroke 104-72 and lost 83-60 at Wake Forest.