Aug. 10, 2012
Participating in the loaded Charleston Classic, hosting the SEC-Big East Challenge and playing 18 SEC games for the first time since 1990-91 highlight Auburn's 2012-13 basketball schedule, announced head coach Tony Barbee on Thursday.
Auburn has the possibility of playing 18 games against 2012 postseason tournament teams, including 12 that played in the NCAA Tournament and six in the NIT. The Tigers will play a pair of ACC teams and a Big Ten team on the road.
"As we have grown the program in two years, we have increased everything, from in terms of wins to strength of schedule to the RPI and all of those things," said Barbee. "This year is no different. As we have grown the program, we have grown the schedule.
"We have some challenging home games with Florida State, a NCAA Tournament team, and an improving Big East team in DePaul in the SEC-Big East Challenge. We have great road games at Boston College, an ACC team, at Illinois, a Big Ten team, in the United Center in Chicago during the holiday period, which will be a great game for us to get national exposure."
After playing their season opener in Auburn Arena against IPFW, the Tigers will play in the Charleston (S.C.) Classic Nov. 15-18 with a first round game vs. Murray State, which returns senior All-American Isaiah Canaan, who averaged 19.0 points and shot 45.6 percent from 3-point range. Murray State is coming off the greatest season in its 87-year history, going 31-2 and ranked as high as No. 7 nationally. The Racers earned a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament West Region, beating Colorado State in the second round before falling to Marquette.
In the Charleston Classic second round, Auburn would play either St. John's or College of Charleston with a third round game against either NCAA Tournament teams Baylor and Colorado, NIT participant Dayton or Boston College.
"Every year, we will play in one of the multi-team events and this year we are in the Charleston Classic, which is a great field with multiple NCAA Tournament teams with Baylor, Colorado, St. John's, Dayton and Murray State," said Barbee. "It is a fantastic field. We are ecstatic to be a part of it."
Auburn will play at Boston College in the Charleston Classic Finale on Nov. 21 before returning home to face Rhode Island of the Atlantic 10 Conference on Nov. 25 in the first meeting between the two schools. Boston College will make a return trip to Auburn in 2013-14.
The Tigers close out their demanding opening month as they play host to DePaul in the first SEC-Big East Challenge in Auburn Arena on Nov. 30 before four pre-Christmas home games against Grambling State on Dec. 11, Furman on Dec. 15, Tennessee Tech on Dec. 18 and Winthrop on Dec. 22.
Auburn closes out non-conference play with two more high profile games at Illinois in the United Center in Chicago on Dec. 29 and a home game vs. ACC Champion Florida State on Jan. 2.
With the new 18-game SEC schedule, Auburn plays five teams twice, three of them NCAA Tournament teams in National Champion Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Alabama as well as Ole Miss, which went to the NIT, and Arkansas. The Tigers play the other eight SEC teams once with home games vs. Florida, Texas A&M, Tennessee and LSU with road games at Missouri, Georgia, Mississippi State and South Carolina.
"You look at the SEC increasing the league games from 16 to 18, and then the additions of Missouri and Texas A&M, this could be, if not one of the hardest schedules attempted at Auburn," said Barbee. "That is what we want to do here. If you want to be the best, you have to play the best, and that is what we are going to do every year."
The Tigers open SEC play at home against LSU on Jan. 9 followed by road games at South Carolina on Jan. 12 and at Arkansas on Jan. 16. Auburn plays host to Kentucky on Jan. 19, at Vanderbilt on Jan. 23, Ole Miss on Jan. 26 and at Georgia on Jan. 30.
Auburn faces three straight NCAA Tournament teams as it plays its first game in history against Missouri in Columbia on Feb. 2, Alabama on Feb. 6 and at Kentucky at Feb. 9. This tough stretch follows with three straight home games vs. Arkansas on Feb. 13, Florida, another NCAA Tournament team, on Feb. 16 and SEC newcomer Texas A&M on Feb. 20.
Auburn plays its final five games against postseason teams at Ole Miss on Feb. 23 and at Alabama on Feb. 26 followed by home games vs. Vanderbilt on March 2 and Tennessee on Senior Night on March 6 before its regular season finale at Mississippi State on March 9.
The SEC Tournament will take place over five days for the first time in history Wednesday, March 13 through Sunday, March 17 in Nashville, Tenn., in Bridgestone Arena.
Auburn plays every Wednesday and Saturday in SEC play except for a Tuesday, Feb. 26 game at Alabama. The Tigers have four league games at home on Saturday and five on Wednesday.
Auburn has increased its RPI and strength of schedule dramatically in the massive rebuilding project by Barbee as the Tigers have improved from 253 to 145 in RPI and 148 to 82 in strength of schedule from 2010-11 to 2011-12.
The 2012-13 season ticket renewal information will be sent out via regular mail and email from the Auburn Ticket office in September to all 2011-12 season ticket holders. Fans are encouraged to save $5 by renewing their season tickets online by visiting www.aubtix.com and clicking on "Renew Season Tickets." Season tickets can also be renewed by completing the paper renewal form and returning it to the Athletics Ticket Office via regular mail. Season tickets for new accounts will go on sale beginning September 15.
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2012-13 AUBURN BASKETBALL SCHEDULE (all times Central)
Oct. 30 (Tue.) Victory Univ. (exh.), tba Nov. 5 (Mon.) Georgia Southwestern State (exh.), tba Nov. 9 (Fri.) IPFW, 7 pm Nov. 15 (Thur.) (1) Murray State (ESPN3), 7 pm Nov. 16 (Fri.) (1) St. John's/College of Charleston (ESPN3), 4:30/6:30 pm Nov. 18 (Sun.) (1) Baylor/Colorado/Dayton/Boston College, tba Nov. 21 (Wed.) (2) at Boston College, tba Nov. 25 (Sun.) Rhode Island, tba Nov. 30 (Fri.) (3) DePaul, tba Dec. 11 (Tue.) Grambling State, tba Dec. 15 (Sat.) Furman, tba Dec. 18 (Tue.) Tennessee Tech, tba Dec. 22 (Sat.) Winthrop, tba Dec. 29 (Sat.) (4) Illinois, tba Jan. 2 (Wed.) Florida State, tba Jan. 9 (Wed.) LSU (CSS), 8 pm Jan. 12 (Sat.) at South Carolina (SECN), 12:30 pm Jan. 16 (Wed.) at Arkansas (SECN), 7 pm Jan. 19 (Sat.) Kentucky (ESPNU), tba Jan. 23 (Wed.) at Vanderbilt (ESPN3), tba Jan. 26 (Sat.) Ole Miss (FSN), 7 pm Jan. 30 (Wed.) at Georgia (CSS), 6 pm Feb. 2 (Sat.) at Missouri (SECN), 12:30 pm Feb. 6 (Wed.) Alabama (SECN), 7 pm Feb. 9 (Sat.) at Kentucky (SECN), 3 pm Feb. 13 (Wed.) Arkansas (CSS), 8 pm Feb. 16 (Sat.) Florida (SECN), 12:30 pm Feb. 20 (Wed.) Texas A&M (ESPN3), tba Feb. 23 (Sat.) at Ole Miss (FSN), 4 pm Feb. 26 (Tue.) at Alabama (ESPNU), 6 pm Mar. 2 (Sat.) Vanderbilt (ESPN2), 8 pm Mar. 6 (Wed.) Tennessee (CSS), 8 pm Mar. 9 (Sat.) at Mississippi State (FSN), 4:30 pm Mar. 13-17 (5) SEC Tournament (SEC Net/ABC), tba
(1) Charleston Classic (Charleston, SC - TD Arena) (2) Charleston Classic Finale (Chesnut Hill, MA - Conte Forum) (3) SEC-Big East Challenge (Auburn, AL - Auburn Arena) (4) Chicago, IL (United Center) (5) SEC Tournament (Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena) * All Times Central