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Friday, September 17, 2010

Finally! Auburn releases men's hoops schedule

After months of work, the Auburn men's basketball team finally released a schedule for coach Tony Barbee's first year.

Some notes:
  • Auburn opens the new Auburn Arena on Nov. 12 against UNC-Asheville.
  • The Tigers host three-day Global Sports Hoops Showcase from Nov. 19-21. Opponents are Samford, Campbell and Middle Tennessee State.
  • Auburn has 11 games against 2010 postseason teams.
  • The Tigers play Rutgers in the SEC/Big East Invitational in Pittsburgh's new Consol Energy Center.
  • Token quote from Barbee: "We have the always challenging SEC schedule as well as some quality non-conference games. It provides a difficult challenge for our young team, and one that we can grow from. The inaugural game in the Auburn Arena will be special as well as hosting a three-day tournament the second weekend of the season."
  • A pair of former Auburn assistant coaches are bringing their teams to Auburn: Campbell's Robbie Laing and Georgia Southern's Charlton Young.
  • First SEC game in the new arena will be against LSU on Jan. 8.
  • First SEC road game is against Kentucky on Jan. 11. Ouch.
Here's the full schedule. Times are ET:
Nov. 3 West Alabama (exh.), 8 p.m.
Nov. 8 Columbus State (exh.), 8 p.m.
Nov. 12 UNC-Asheville, 9 p.m.
Nov. 19 (1) Samford, 8:30 p.m.
Nov. 20 (1) Campbell, 5:30 p.m.
Nov. 21 (1) Middle Tennessee State (CSS), 6 p.m.
Nov. 27 Jacksonville, 8 p.m.
Nov. 30 Georgia Southwestern, 8 p.m.
Dec. 4: Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 8 p.m.
Dec. 11: (2) Rutgers (ESPN2), 12:30 p.m.
Dec. 15: at South Florida, TBA
Dec. 18: Presbyterian College, 8 p.m.
Dec. 21: USC-Upstate, 8 p.m.
Dec. 29: Georgia Southern, 8 p.m.
Dec. 31: Grambling, 8 p.m.
Jan. 3: Florida State (FSN), 8 p.m.
Jan. 8: LSU (FSN), 6 p.m.
Jan. 11: at Kentucky (ESPNU), 7 p.m.
Jan. 15: at Mississippi State (FSN), 2 p.m.
Jan. 20: Florida (ESPN or ESPN2), 7 p.m.
Jan. 22: Alabama (CSS), 6 p.m.
Jan. 25: at Arkansas (ESPNU), 9 p.m.
Jan. 29: at South Carolina (SECN), 1:30 p.m.
Feb. 3: Tennessee (ESPN or ESPN2), 9 p.m.
Feb. 5: at Georgia (SECN), 1:30 p.m.
Feb. 12: Mississippi State (FSN), 7 p.m.
Feb. 16: at Ole Miss (SECN),8 p.m.
Feb. 19: Vanderbilt (SECN), 4 p.m.
Feb. 23: at Alabama (SECN), 8 p.m.
Feb. 26: Arkansas (SECN), 1:30 p.m.
Mar. 2: Ole Miss (SECN), 8 p.m.
Mar. 5: at LSU (FSN), 7 p.m.
Mar. 10-13: (3) SEC Tournament (SEC Net/ABC), TBA

(1) Global Sports Hoops Showcase (Auburn, AL - Auburn Arena)
(2) SEC-Big East Challenge (Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center)
(3) SEC Tournament (Atlanta, GA - Georgia Dome)


1849sf said...

Charles, I understand it's probably been a long week, so no need to apologize for silly mistakes. But Auburn is in the CENTRAL time zone, not eastern. I wouldn't want you missing any games this year because of the time change!!!

Also, if it's not too much trouble, I have a grand-nephew in Hawai'i. He's serving in the Armed forces and I'm quite proud of him for following in the family footsteps (I served two tours in the Korean War). I don't know what time zone that is, but would it be possible to list the games in a time zone that is accessible for our troops like him serving overseas.

Thank you for all the hard work you do!

Anonymous said...

Normally I would gripe over the wimpy BB schedule but since Barbee probably has no idea who will be on his team come November, this is probably a wise plan. Essentially he has a twelve game exhibition season which we hope will enable him to pick a team by the time SEC season starts.