Challenging Slate for Basketball Tigers

The Auburn men's basketball 2012-13 schedule was released Friday and features some challenging non-conference opponents and along with an 18 league contests.

Auburn, Ala.--The SEC announced its men's basketball schedule on Friday with the new 14-team league format. Auburn did the same thing with Coach Tony Barbee's Tigers scheduled to play a dozen games vs. opponents who made the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

"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," Barbee said. "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."

With the 18-game SEC schedule the Tigers will face five teams twice. That group includes defending national champion Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Ole Miss and Arkansas. The Tigers will play the eight other SEC teams one time.

Rob Chubb

2012-2013 Auburn Men's Basketball Schedule

Oct. 30--Victory University (exhibition) TBA
Nov. 5--Georgia Southwestern (exhibition) TBA
Nov. 9--IPFW at Auburn 7 p.m.
Nov. 15--Auburn vs. Murray State at Charleston Classic, Charleston, S.C., TD Arena, (ESPN3), 7 p.m.
Nov. 16--St. John's or College of Charleston (ESPN3) at Charleston Classic, Charleston, S.C., TD Arena, 4:30 or 6:30 pm
Nov. 18--Baylor/Colorado/Dayton/Boston College at Charleston Classic, Charleston, S.C., TD Arena, TBA
Nov. 21--Auburn at Boston College TBA
Nov. 25--Rhode Island at Auburn TBA
Nov. 30--DePaul at Auburn, SEC-Big East Challenge, TBA
Dec. 11--Grambling State TBA
Dec. 15--Furman at Auburn TBA
Dec. 18--Tennessee Tech at Auburn TBA
Dec. 22--Winthrop at Auburn TBA
Dec. 29 --Auburn vs. Illinois at United Center, Chicago
Jan. 2--Florida State at Auburn
Jan. 9--LSU at Auburn 8 p.m. (CSS)
Jan. 12--Auburn at South Carolina 12:30 p.m. (SECN)
Jan. 16--Auburn at Arkansas 7 p.m. (SECN)
Jan. 19--Kentucky at Auburn TBA (ESPNU)
Jan. 23--Auburn at Vanderbilt TBA (ESPN3) TBA
Jan. 26--Ole Miss at Auburn 7 p.m. (FSN)
Jan. 30--Auburn at Georgia 6 p.m. (CSS)
Feb. 2--Auburn at Missouri 12:30 p.m.(SECN)
Feb. 6--Alabama (SECN), 7 pm
Feb. 9--Auburn at Kentucky 3 p.m. (SECN), 3 pm
Feb. 13--Arkansas (CSS), 8 pm
Feb. 16--Florida 12:30 p.m. (SECN)
Feb. 20--Texas A&M at Auburn TBA (ESPN3)
Feb. 23--Auburn at Ole Miss 4 p.m. (FSN)
Feb. 26--Auburn at Alabama 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
March 2--Vanderbilt at Auburn 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
March 6--Tennessee at Auburn 8 p.m. (CSS)
March 9--Auburn at Mississippi State 4:30 p.m. (FSN)
March 13-17--SEC Tournament, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn., TBA

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