Men's 2001-2002 Basketball Schedule Announced

The 2001-2002 Auburn men's basketball schedule has announced by head coach <b>Cliff Ellis</b>. The 27-game schedule includes 17 contests against teams who participated in the 2000 NCAA and NIT postseason tournaments.

The Tigers will participate in their regular 16-game conference slate and play 11 non-conference games. Highlighting the non-conference schedule is a matchup with Virginia on Sat., Dec. 8, in the Arby's Hardwood Classic, which is held annually in Birmingham. Ellis says the Cavaliers will be a preseason Top 10 team in 2001.

"There are some great intersectional matchups that I am excited about," Ellis says. "Naturally, the one that will have the most attentionl will be the game in Birmingham with Virginia. We also have early road games against Big East foe Rutgers and a game in Mobile against Marshall University, who is extremely talented and will be one of the more surprising teams in the country."

Auburn plays Rutgers Nov. 24 and the Tigers play Marshall in the second game of the Coors Classic on Dec. 15. The first game will feature Georgia vs. South Alabama.

The Tigers will play three non-conference home games against teams from the Western Athletic Conferece The first WAC game will be on Dec. 4 vs. Louisiana Tech. The Tigers then play South Alabama on Dec. 18 which will be televised by Fox Sports South. Auburn then wraps up non-conference play with a game against Southern Miss on Dec. 29.

Arkansas will be the Tigers' first SEC opponent. The Razorbacks travel to Beard-Eaves for a contest on Sat., Jan. 5. Auburn will have back-to-back games televised nationally during the season. The Kentucky game at Beard-Eaves on Tuesday, Jan. 22 will be televised by ESPN and the Tigers next game, Saturday, Jan. 27; vs. Tennessee in Knoxville will be televised by CBS.

The Tigers open the season on Nov. 16 vs. High Point on the Friday night before Auburn's home football game with Alabama.

2001-2002 Schedule

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