Tipoff time is set for 3 p.m. CST on Wednesday from the Conte Forum vs. the Eagles, who have a 1-3 record. Auburn is 2-2 with one of its victories over College of Charleston, the team Boston College lost to 71-67 in its last outing.
Both the Tigers and Eagles lost to the Dayton Flyers in Charleston with Auburn going down 73-63 while Boston College lost 87-71.
Boston College, which plays in the ACC, runs a Princeton style offense. Barbee and his staff watched the Eagles play all three games in the tournament so they have a good idea of what to expect.
"It helped a lot to see it live," he said. "You pretty much got a sense of what they like to do, but it is still hard to prepare for. It doesn't make it any easier to defend that Princeton offense. We have our work cut out for us."
Rob Chubb is Auburn's top rebounder through four games.
The Tigers and Eagles have met just once in basketball with Auburn taking an 89-85 victory in the finals of the Red Lobster Tournament on Dec. 23, 1985 in Orlando.
Barbee questioned his team's toughness, both mental and physical, after losing to Dayton on Sunday.
"Of course, our guys are disappointed," he said of his team's performance in the eight-team tournament in Charleston. "We wanted to win all three games. We came back 1-2 so our guys are ready to get on the drawing board, and the younger guys got a feel of what it is like to play at this level. I think they are ready to gear up for Boston College and be ready to move forward."
The Eagles are led by 6-8, 220 sophomore Ryan Anderson, who is averaging 22.7 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. He is one of three starters for the Eagles from the state of California along with 6-3 guard Lonnie Jackson (7.0 points per game) and 6-2 guard Joe Rahon (9.3 points per game).
Boston College's other starters are seven-foot, 250 center Dennis Clifford (8.3 points, 5.0 rebounds) and Oliver Hanian, a 6-4 guard from Quebec averaging 9.3 points. Off the bench 6-5 sophomore Patrick Heckmann is averaging 11.8 points.
"They are a difficult mismatch for people because they shoot threes and you have to get out on ball screens and contest their shooters," says Barbee, who notes he is particularly impressed with Anderson.
"He is a difficult matchup," the coach adds." He is a four man who can step out on the floor, take you off the dribble and can score on you in the post."
On the Air: The game will be available to watch on ESPN3 in addition radio coverage on the Auburn Network. The radio coverage is also available on XM Channel 190.