Tigers to Play 20 Home Games at Beard-Eaves

Auburn, Ala.--Jeff Lebo's third Auburn basketball team will open the 2006-2007 schedule with a pair of exhibition games vs. in-state teams before opening the regular season on Nov. 10 against another in-state opponent, Troy University.

The Tigers, who will try to improve on last season's record of 12-16, will play in a Thanksgiving tournament at South Padre Island against Oklahoma State on Nov. 24th. The second round opponent will be either Wisconsin or Missouri State.

The most attractive home non-conference games are on Dec. 3rd vs. the Pitt Panthers of the Big East and Dec. 22nd vs. Texas A&M of the Big 12. The Tigers have 20 homes games on the schedule. Last season the Tigers posted an 11-5 home record.

Other home non-conference games are against Winston-Salem State, East Tennessee State, Miles College, Nicholls State, Louisiana-Monroe, South Alabama, Wofford, Tennessee State and Texas Southern. The only true road game outside of SEC play is on Jan. 2nd at Southern Miss.

Lebo's Tiger begin SEC play at home on Jan. 6th vs. Vanderbilt. The Tigers finished 4-12 in conference games last season.

"We are still young with no seniors on the team," Lebo says. "We will have a nucleus of guys that have some experience now even though most of them only have one year and a couple of years. Guys will understand a little bit what it is like to play at this level.

"We still have some young guys that need to learn," the Auburn coach adds. "It will be better having more veterans out there than we did last year so that will help."

The Tigers will face defending national champion Florida at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum on Jan. 27th.

"Our schedule again is tough,' says Lebo. "We have Pitt coming in to play and Texas A&M. Texas A&M and Pitt were both in the NCAA Tournament, and Texas A&M has all of their guys 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.," Lebo contends. "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."

Season tickets will go on sale ct. 2 and will cost $205. Single-game adult tickets are $10 for non-conference games and $15 for SEC games except for the Alabama and Florida games, which are $20. Two mini-SEC ticket packages for $50 each will be available Dec. 4 with the orange pack featuring the Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi State games and the blue pack including the Alabama, LSU, Vanderbilt and Ole Miss games.

Single game tickets for non-conference games will go on sale Oct. 16th. There is no admission charge for the two exhibition games. There will be a special $5 holiday game special on tickets for the Texas A&M, East Tennessee State, Tennessee State, Charleston Southern, Wofford and Miles College games.

Korvotney Barber tries to guard LSU's "Big Baby" Davis.

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.

Auburn's top returning scorer is 6-5 sophomore guard Rasheem Barrett, who averaged 11.1 points per game. The top returning rebounder is 6-7 sophomore Korvotney Barber, who pulled down 4.8 per contest last year.

2006-2007 Schedule

All Times Central

Nov. 3--Faulkner (exh.) 7 p.m.

Nov. 7--AUM (exh.) (DH) 8 p.m.

Nov. 10--Troy 7 p.m.

Nov. 17--Winston-Salem State (DH) 8 p.m.

Nov. 19--(1) East Tennessee State, 2 p.m.

Nov. 21--(1) Miles College 7 p.m.

Nov. 24--(2) Oklahoma State (CSTV), 3 p.m.

Nov. 25--(2) Wisconsin/Missouri State (CSTV) 11:30 am/2 p.m.

Nov. 28--Nicholls State 7 p.m.

Nov. 30--Louisiana-Monroe 7 p.m.

Dec. 3--Pittsburgh 2 p.m.

Dec. 6--South Alabama (DH) 8 p.m.

Dec. 16--Wofford 1p.m.

Dec. 19--Tennessee State 7 p.m.

Dec. 22--Texas A&M 7 p.m.

Dec. 30--Charleston Southern 1 p.m.

Jan. 2--At Southern Miss 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 6--Vanderbilt (FSN) 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 10--At Kentucky (LFS) 7 p.m.

Jan. 13--At LSU (LFS) 2 p.m.

Jan. 17--Tennessee (LFS) 7 p.m.

Jan. 20--At Mississippi State 2 p.m.

Jan. 23--Alabama (ESPN) 8 p.m.

Jan. 27--Florida (FSN) 4 p.m.

Jan. 31--At South Carolina 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 3--Ole Miss 1 p.m.

Feb. 7--At Arkansas (LFS) 7 p.m.

Feb. 10--Mississippi State 1 p.m.

Feb. 17--At Georgia 3 p.m.

Feb. 21--Arkansas 7 p.m.

Feb. 24--At Alabama (FSN) 4 p.m.

Feb. 28--LSU 7 p.m.

Mar. 3--At Ole Miss TBA

Mar. 8-11--SEC Tournament (LFS/CBS), Georgia Dome, Atlanta

(1) South Padre Island Invitational (Auburn)

(2) South Padre Island Invitational (South Padre Island, TX)

(LFS) Lincoln Financial Sports TV (formerly JP Sports) (DH) Doubleheader with the Auburn women

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