The Mastodons are a preseason fifth place pick in the nine-team Sum- mit League and feature 6-foot-5 senior forward Frank Gaines, a preseason first-team All-Summit League selection ... IPFW returns four starters from last year's 11-19 team that tied for eighth in the Summit League with a 5-13 record ... Gaines averaged a team-high 21.2 points and 5.9 rebounds and finished ranked ninth in the nation in scoring ... IPFW defeated Alma 71-43 in its lone exhibition game on Nov. 5 behind 12 points, four rebounds and four steals from Gaines and eight points and 11 boards from Mario Hines ... Luis Jacobo, who totaled 28 points and 11 rebounds for Stetson against Jacksonville in the season finale of his freshman season, had nine points and four rebounds vs. Alma ... Steve Forbes, a 6-9, 320, forward, had nine points and six rebounds in 15 minutes off the bench ... second-year coach Tony Jasick was an assistant under Dane Fife, who became an assistant coach at Michigan State.
This is the first meeting between Au- burn and IPFW.
This is the first time Auburn's Tony Barbee has coached against IPFW.
Tigers in Season Openers
Auburn has a 73-33 (.687) record in season openers, including a 52-10 mark at home, 12-17 on the road, 4-3 at neutral sites and 5-3 in non-recorded sites. The Tigers have won 27 of their last 34 openers.
Auburn is 1-1 in season openers in Auburn Arena, defeating McNeese State 84-62 last year and losing to UNC Asheville 70-69 in overtime 2010-11.
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