Auburn Basketball 2015-16 SEC schedule announced

AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn basketball opens its 18-game SEC schedule for the 2015-16 season in a CBS nationally-televised game against Tennessee on Saturday, Jan. 2, the SEC announced on Wednesday. Auburn, which will be playing its first-ever SEC opener on CBS, is 3-0 at home all-time on the network, defeating LSU 67-52 in 2012, Alabama 88-76 in 2008 and Florida 88-69 in 1999. For its entire 2015-16 schedule, Auburn faces a possibility of playing 22 of its 29 total games against 18 teams that reached postseason last year, including 14 games vs. those in the NCAA Tournament and five in the NIT. The Tigers‘ 15-game regular season home schedule features eight weekend games while there are currently only two home games at 8 pm compared to nine last season at 8 pm or later. Auburn plays its three common SEC opponents Alabama, Georgia and Ole Miss home-and-home along with Tennessee and Vanderbilt. The Tigers also play host to Kentucky, LSU, South Carolina and Texas A&M while traveling to Florida, Arkansas, Missouri and Mississippi State. “Getting CBS in the building for the conference opener is really exciting,” said second-year head coach Bruce Pearl. “I like the fact that there are fewer 8 o’clock games. We had a lot of them last year, but the league is very sensitive to trying to accommodate, and because we were heavy on 8 o’clock games last year, they took note of that.” The Tigers have four league home games on Saturday in addition to hosting Oklahoma State on Saturday, Jan. 30 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge and have five during the week. Auburn alternates two straight at home and two on the road throughout January. After the league opener against Tennessee, Auburn plays host to South Carolina on Jan. 5 on the SEC Network. It is the first time since the 1999-2000 season the Tigers have started league play with two straight home games when No. 4 Auburn defeated Georgia and No. 20 Kentucky. Auburn then plays at Missouri on Jan. 9 on ESPN2 and at Vanderbilt on Jan. 12 on ESPNU before returning home to face Kentucky on Jan. 16 on ESPN or ESPN2 and Alabama on Jan. 19 on the SEC Network. Back-to-back games on the SEC Network at Florida on Jan. 23 and at Ole Miss on Jan. 27 follow before playing Oklahoma State in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Jan. 30. There’s not a gimmie on the schedule, but if we can win with that schedule, and wind up getting to a place I hope to get to in conference play, with our non-conference schedule, that could get us off the bubble into some sort of tournament,” Pearl said. Auburn opens February at home against LSU on Feb. 2 on either ESPN, ESPNU or the SEC Network followed by a stretch of playing three of four games on the road beginning at Georgia on Feb. 6 on the SEC Network and at Tennessee on Feb. 9 on the SEC Network, marking the second consecutive season Pearl and the Tigers play in Knoxville. The Tigers return home to face Vanderbilt on Feb. 13 on either ESPN or ESPN2 before playing at Arkansas on Feb. 17, the first of four-straight games on the SEC Network. Auburn plays host to Ole Miss on Feb. 20 and Georgia on Feb. 24 in return games while playing at Alabama on Feb. 27. Auburn plays host to Texas A&M on March 1 on Senior Night on ESPNU as it will honor Cinmeon Bowers, Jordon Granger, Tyler Harris, Cole Stockton and Jonathan Walker. The Tigers close the regular season at Mississippi State on March 5 on the SEC Network prior to the SEC Tournament March 9-13 in Nashville, Tenn., at Bridgestone Arena. Games listed with multiple networks are considered net flex and the network will be determined 7-10 days out. Auburn Basketball‘s 2015-16 schedule (all times CT) Fri. Oct. 30 Brevard College (exh.), tba Thur. Nov. 5 Univ. of Indianapolis (exh.), tba Fri. Nov. 13 UAB, tba Tue. Nov. 17 (1) Colorado (ESPN), 2 pm Fri. Nov. 20 Georgia Southern, tba Fri. Nov. 27 Northwestern State, tba Wed. Dec. 2 at Coastal Carolina, tba Sat. Dec. 12 (2) at Middle Tennessee State, tba Tue. Dec. 15 Mercer, tba Sat. Dec. 19 at Xavier, tba Tue. Dec. 22 (3) New Mexico (ESPNU), 1:30 pm Wed. Dec. 23 (3) BYU/Harvard (ESPNU), 1:30/3:30 pm Fri. Dec. 25 (3) Oklahoma/Northern Iowa/Hawaii/Washington State (ESPN2), tba Sat. Jan. 2 Tennessee (CBS), 1 pm Tue. Jan. 5 South Carolina (SECN), 6 pm Sat. Jan. 9 at Missouri (ESPN2), 8 pm Tue. Jan. 12 at Vanderbilt (ESPNU), 8 pm Sat. Jan. 16 Kentucky (ESPN/2), 3 pm Tue. Jan. 19 Alabama (SECN), 8 pm Sat. Jan. 23 at Florida (SECN), 7 pm Wed. Jan. 27 at Ole Miss (SECN), 6 pm Sat. Jan. 30 (4) Oklahoma State, tba Tue. Feb. 2 LSU (ESPN/U/SECN), 6 pm Sat. Feb. 6 at Georgia (SECN), 4:30 pm Tue. Feb. 9 at Tennessee (SECN), 6 pm Sat. Feb. 13 Vanderbilt (ESPN/2), 5 pm Wed. Feb. 17 at Arkansas (SECN), 6 pm Sat. Feb. 20 Ole Miss (SECN), 4 pm Wed. Feb. 24 Georgia (SECN), 6 pm Sat. Feb. 27 at Alabama (SECN), 4 pm Tue. Mar. 1 Texas A&M (ESPNU), 8 pm Sat. Mar. 5 at Mississippi State (SECN), 1:30 pm Wed. Mar. 9- (2) SEC Tournament (SECN/ESPN), tba Sun. Mar. 13 (1) ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon (Auburn, Ala.) (2) Nashville, Tenn. (Bridgestone Arena) (3) Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu, Hawaii – Stan Sheriff Center) (4) Big 12/SEC Challenge (Auburn, Ala.) (Courtesy: Auburn University Athletics)

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