Auburn Basketball To Face Toughest Home Schedule in School History

AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM Frank Tolbert
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM
Frank Tolbert
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM

Nov. 6, 2006

AUBURN - Auburn basketball will face the toughest home schedule in school history as five of the top 13 ranked teams in the Associated Press preseason top 25 will be coming to Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum in 2006-07. Coach Jeff Lebo's Tigers will play six preseason top 25 teams in Auburn and as many as 10 overall. Three other opponents are receiving votes.

Defending NCAA Champion and preseason No. 1 ranked Florida, No. 4 Pittsburgh, No. 5 LSU, No. 11 Alabama, No. 13 Texas A&M and No. 25 Tennessee each will play in Auburn. The Tigers face No. 22 Kentucky in Lexington Jan. 10 and could play No. 9 Wisconsin in the second round of the South Padre (Texas) Invitational Nov. 25 after playing Oklahoma State, one of Auburn's three opponents receiving votes, in the opening round. Arkansas on Feb. 7 in Fayetteville and Feb. 21 in Auburn and Missouri State on possibly Nov. 25 are the Tigers other two opponents receiving votes.

"Our schedule again is tough, and the home schedule is amazing for our fans," said Lebo, whose Tigers played the nation's 20th-ranked schedule last year. "Texas A&M and Pitt were both in the NCAA Tournament last year, and Texas A&M has all of their starters back. Oklahoma State and Wisconsin are high-level teams, and we also play on the road at Southern Miss.

"Last year's schedule was a top 20 rated schedule and was too hard for a team starting four freshmen. Hopefully, we will be challenged enough, but not too much in the non-conference season getting ready for SEC play. The SEC is going to be nasty again."

The Tigers play Pittsburgh Dec. 3, Texas A&M Dec. 22, LSU Jan. 13 in Baton Rouge and Feb. 28 in Auburn, Tennessee Jan. 17, Alabama Jan. 23 in Auburn and Feb. 24 in Tuscaloosa and Florida Jan. 27.

Following its final exhibition game Tuesday vs. AUM, Auburn opens the season at home Friday against Troy. Auburn basketball season tickets are on sale for the 20-game home portion of the schedule for $205. Non-conference individual game tickets are $10 and Southeastern Conference game tickets are $15 except for the Florida and Alabama games, which are $20.

Tigers Unlimited, the fund-raising organization for the Auburn University Athletics Department, is currently accepting basketball ticket priority contributions for the upcoming season. A contribution to Tigers Unlimited will secure the best seating available at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum and allow you to enjoy all of the exciting home action.

Two mini-SEC ticket packages for $50 each will be available Dec. 4 with the Orange pack consisting of the Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi State games and the Blue pack consisting of the Alabama, LSU, Vanderbilt and Ole Miss games.

Holiday Game student section seats for NON-STUDENTS are $5 each for the Texas A&M, East Tennessee State, Tennessee State, Charleston Southern, Wofford and Miles College games. The Family Fun Zone for upper sections 17-26 are $5 each and are available for all SEC home games except for the Florida and Alabama games. Fun Zone tickets consisting of 311 seats are sold on game day only at the box office. Group tickets of 20 or more tickets are available for $5 each for all games except for Alabama and Florida with a required advance purchase.

For more information, please call the Tigers Unlimited or Athletic Department ticket office at 1-800-AUB-1957 or visit www.auburntigers.com.