Aug. 4, 2014
It'll be late night with Bruce Pearl and Auburn basketball
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — You might want to brew up some coffee to stay up for this basketball game.
Auburn will play at Colorado at midnight, Auburn time, on Nov. 18 as part of ESPN's non-stop day and night and day of basketball. The game will be telecast on ESPN2 as part of ESPN's 24-hour College Hoops Tip Marathon.
New Auburn coach Bruce Pearl figures the game will get his basketball team the exposure it needs, if nothing else for the oddity of the start time.
"You're part of an event, you're part of the ESPN marathon and we're a team that wants to be part of that," Pearl said. "In trying to get Auburn basketball relevant I think you need to put yourself in these things. That's the method behind the madness."
Auburn will announce its full schedule in the next week or so that will include a trip to Las Vegas. Pearl said the schedule won't be easy.
"Legitimately, we have a chance to start off with four or five straight NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago. That's going to be challenging, but it's going to get us prepared," he said.
Auburn will benefit from being part of a day-long event and the publicity surrounding it. But playing Colorado will be difficult, Pearl said.
"First of all, nobody wants to go to Colorado because of the altitude. No. 2, they're a good team and picked in the top two or three in the Pac-12. No. 3, you don't want to go there because of the time the game is going to be played. It's going to be a late-night situation. But if I'm going to talk the talk, we've got to walk the walk, and that's we'll go anywhere and we'll play anybody at any time. That's the way my players want me to coach them, and that's the way our fans to schedule."
"There could be times when we're playing in the SEC Tournament when we'll have a really late game, or we could be playing in the NCAA Tournament and the game could be a little later. I think it gets you prepared," Bruce said.
Pearl, a former ESPN basketball analyst, got a call about the matchup from his former employer.
"If I'm going to ask them to keep an eye on our program, I think our willingness to play this game is going to service us well in the future."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine