Auburn basketball plays at Seton Hall in 2011 Big East-SEC Challenge
May 20, 2011 at 12:00 AM CDT - Updated June 24 at 3:09 AM
AUBURN----Auburn basketball will play at Seton Hall in the 2011 Big East-SEC Challenge on Friday, Dec. 2, in the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., ESPN announced on Thursday. The 12-game SEC-Big East Challenge features 12 games with four per day from Dec. 1-3.
*This is a wonderful opportunity for additional national exposure for our program,* said Auburn head coach Tony Barbee. *Seton Hall will be a much improved team, and it will be a challenge playing a Big East opponent on its home court.
*It will be a chance for our large Auburn alumni base in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania to come watch the Tigers play close to home.*
This marks the first game in history between Auburn and Seton Hall.
Seton Hall finished 13-18 overall and 7-11 in the Big East Conference last season, and the Pirates defeated Alabama as well as four NCAA Tournament teams in Marquette, St. John*s, St. Peter*s and at Syracuse. Seton Hall went 8-7 at home last season, including a 4-5 mark in Big East play.
Jordan Theodore, a 6-foot rising senior guard, is Seton Hall*s leading returning scorer averaging 11.0 points per game and 34.6 shooting from 3-point range a year ago. The Pirates lose their top two leading scorers in Jeremy Hazell and Jeff Robinson, who averaged 19.8 and 12.1 points, respectively.
Games set for Thursday, Dec. 1 in the SEC-Big East Challenge include Georgetown at Alabama, Providence at South Carolina, St. John*s at Kentucky and Ole Miss at DePaul.
The other three games in addition to Auburn at Seton Hall for Dec. 2 are Florida at Syracuse, Cincinnati at Georgia and Vanderbilt at Louisville.
The matchups for Dec. 3 are Arkansas at UConn, West Virginia at Mississippi State, LSU at Rutgers and Pittsburgh at Tennessee. For the 2012 SEC-Big East Challenge, this year*s SEC road teams will play at home against a different opponent.
This marks the third time and second consecutive year that Auburn has played in the SEC-Big East Challenge. The Tigers lost to Rutgers in Pittsburgh, Pa., last season and lost to West Virginia in 2007 in the BJCC Arena in Birmingham.
ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise all 12 games. Times and networks for the games will be announced by August 15.
Although Auburn*s 2011-12 basketball schedule is a few months away from being announced, the Tigers will also play in the 2011 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic along with Clemson, Kansas State, Xavier, UTEP, Long Beach State, Southern Illinois and host Hawaii on Dec. 22, 23 and 25, ESPN Regional Television, Inc., announced on Feb. 24. The games will be played at the Stan Sheriff Center on the campus of the University of Hawaii.