March 17, 2009
AUBURN - Auburn senior forward Korvotney Barber, who was the only player to average a double-double in league play, was named to the AP All-SEC second-team after earning Coaches All-SEC second team honors last week.
Barber was the only player in the SEC to average a double-double in league play with 12.8 points and 11.3 rebounds. In fact, he was one of only 10 players among BCS conference teams to average a double-double in league play.
The Manchester, Ga., native leads the SEC averaging 9.8 rebounds per game, is third in the league shooting 55.1 percent from the floor, leads the SEC with 3.8 offensive rebounds per game, is ninth with 1.3 blocks and is 17th averaging 13.1 points.
Barber has 12 double-doubles on the season and 20 total in his career and scored a career-high 24 points to go along with nine rebounds in Auburn's SEC Tournament semifinal loss to Tennessee.
"Vot has been a warrior for us, and he has played like an All-American," said Auburn head coach Jeff Lebo. "He has been there all year for us and has been our team leader in points, rebounds, field goal percentage and blocks."
Barber, who is the reigning SEC Player of the Week, scored the game-winning basket at Alabama on an offensive rebound putback. Ten of his game-high 17 rebounds came on the offensive end of the floor against the Crimson Tide.
He played just 28 minutes against LSU but managed 16 points and 17 rebounds. Barber held LSU's Tasmin Mitchell, who came in averaging 16.8 points per game, to a season-low five points. Barber's game-winning layup with four seconds remaining to upset SEC Eastern Division co-Champion Tennessee on Feb. 7 was the start of Auburn's current torrid stretch of winning eight of nine games.
Barber totaled 12 points and 10 rebounds in Auburn's 61-58 victory over Florida in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals.
Auburn (22-11) plays host to UT Martin (22-9) in the NIT first round Wednesday at 7 pm Central in Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum.