Men's Basketball Plays Auburn Saturday at 2 pm (EST)
George Washington (2-0) at Auburn (1-1)
Nov. 21, 2008
GW COACH: Karl Hobbs (Connecticut `85)
AUBURN COACH: Jeff Lebo (North Carolina `89)
Saturday's Game: The Colonials make their first-ever trip to Auburn Saturday in GW's second road game of the season and the third meeting in the series.
GW is coming off its 20th straight home-opening victory last Wednesday with a 71-57 win over Binghamton after opening the season with an overtime victory at Boston University.
The GW-AU series is tied, 1-1, with today's game being the first at either team's home court.
Auburn defeated GW, 74-70, in the most recent meeting last Dec. 2 at Washington's Verizon Center in the annual BB&T Classic to benefit the Childrens' Charities Foundation of Washington.
Auburn is coming off a narrow 78-74 loss to surprising Mercer Wednesday at home. It marked Mercer's second road upset of an SEC team after beating Alabama three days earlier in Tuscaloosa.
Auburn is picked to finish 5th in the six-team SEC Western Division in the league's preseason Media Poll.
GW is 2-0 this year, both victories coming over teams from the America East Conference.
GW has won 56 of its last 82 regular-season games and 32 of its last 48 A-10 games.
A Closer Look at Auburn: The Auburn Tigers are picked to place fifth in the SEC's six-team Western Division in the preseason media poll. The Tigers are off to a 1-1 start that includes a victory over Missouri State (75-60) and a loss to Mercer (78-74), both at home. Senior guard Korvotney Barber leads the Tigers in scoring (19.5 ppg) while Tay Waller is contributing 18 points a game and is 10-21 from three-point range. Quantez Robertson clears 6.5 rebounds a game. For the season, Auburn is shooting 49.5 percent from the field, averages 74.5 points a game and has a +7.5 turnover margin. On the glass, however, the Tigers are getting outrebounded by 9 caroms a game. Neither Auburn nor GW are lighting it up from the line so far. The Tigers are converting just 54 percent (30-for-56) while GW is not much better at 56 percent (36-for-64). Auburn is 286-136 (.678) all-time at the 40-year-old Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum including 1-1 this year.
Next Game: GW returns to Washington to host UMBC this Wednesday, Nov. 26, at Smith Center. The game tips off at 7:30 p.m. (EST) and will be broadcast live on Federal News Radio 1500 AM, 820 AM as well as www.GWsports.com.