Oct. 22, 2010
AUBURN - Auburn basketball concluded its first week of practice under first-year head coach Tony Barbee with a three-hour workout Friday in Auburn Arena.
"The enthusiasm has been really good, and the players have been working extremely hard," said Barbee. "They have accepted all of the new drills and all of the new concepts very well. For this first week of practice, we have made a good first step forward.
"We have a long way to go, but I think the effort is there, which is exciting. We just have to take one step at a time and keep stair-stepping our way. We've had good leadership and positive attitudes."
During the opening week, the basic fundamentals of basketball were stressed as well as adding the team's offensive and defensive philosophy. The Tigers also concentrated on their transition game.
"I think all of this just takes some time," said Barbee. "Everything is brand new for us to the players and the players to the concepts. We have a lot of wrinkles, but the effort is there, and that is a big positive. Their attitude has been sensational."
The Tigers will continue the preseason with a pair of practices on Saturday.
"Practice is going really well," said Andre Malone. "Coach Barbee is on us real tough. He wants us to be a defensive team first, offensive second. We are playing real hard and practicing real hard. Everybody is focused and getting ready for the season."
Auburn will play 11 games against 2010 postseason tournament teams, including home games against Tennessee, Florida, Vanderbilt, Florida State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Jacksonville as well as road games at Kentucky and South Florida.
Four of the Tigers' five games against NCAA Tournament teams are at Auburn Arena against Tennessee, Florida, Vanderbilt and Florida State while they play at Kentucky. The six games against NIT teams include at South Florida, Mississippi State twice, Ole Miss twice and Jacksonville, the back-to-back Atlantic Sun Conference Champion.
The Tigers play a pair of exhibition games against vs. West Alabama on Nov. 3 and Columbus State on Nov. 8 before playing the inaugural game in Auburn Arena on Nov. 12 against UNC-Asheville. Auburn will also host the three-day Global Sports Hoops Showcase from Nov. 19-21.
Tickets for AU's non-conference opponents go on sale on Monday are $15 each for lower level seats and $10 each for upper level seats. Tickets may be purchased online at www.aubtix.com, via phone at 800-282-1957 or in-person at the Auburn Arena Ticket Office.
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