The opening week of Auburn’s 2022-23 basketball schedule is set as the Tigers’ non-conference roster begins to slowly fill up.
Auburn will open its campaign on Nov. 7 at home against George Mason — a game announced earlier this month — and will then host USF on Nov. 11 at Neville Arena, the program announced Friday. The game against USF will mark the return trip for the Bulls in their home-and-home series with the Tigers after Bruce Pearl’s team traveled to Tampa, Fla. last season.
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Auburn won that meeting 58-52 and leads the all-time streak with USF 6-1. The season opener against George Mason will be only the second-ever meeting between the two programs; Auburn won the only previous matchup, 79-63, in the 2017-18 season.
The games against George Mason and USF are the only two officially announced in Auburn’s non-conference schedule so far, but there have been reports of other matchups already being scheduled for this season. CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein reported last month that Auburn will wrap up its home-and-home streak with Washington with a meeting in Seattle this season; The Tigers previously hosted the Huskies during the 2018-19 season and were expected to play the return leg in Washington in the 2020-21 season before COVID-19 caused programs to reconfigure their schedules. According to Rothstein, Auburn is also scheduled to travel to Los Angeles this season — certainly during the same West Coast trip — for the first game in a home-and-home series with USC.
In addition to these games, Auburn will also participate in this year’s Cancun Challenge in November. The Tigers will host Winthrop on Nov. 15 — in what appears to be Auburn’s third game of the season — before the event moves to Cancun and the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya the following week. There, Auburn will take on Bradley on November 22nd at 5pm CT. If Auburn wins that game, they will meet the winner of the Liberty Northwestern game the next day at 7:30 PM CT. If the Tigers lose to Bradley, they will face the loser from Liberty-Northwestern on November 23 at 5pm CT.
Tom Green is an Auburn beat reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Tomas_Verde.