Auburn basketball had a historic season in 2021-22, breaking records left and right and even setting a few new ones, including celebrating the Tigers’ first #1 ranking in the AP Poll in program history. However, the season ended much earlier than anyone wanted with Bruce Pearl’s squad losing in their second game of the NCAA tournament to Miami.
Now, it’s time to move forward, with Freshman of the Year Jabari Smith and Defensive Player of the Year Walker Kessler both heading to the NBA draft and Bruce Pearl already working on reloading the roster for next season.
Two matchups were recently announced for the Auburn basketball team in the upcoming 2022-23 season versus George Mason and Washington.
The Tigers will face off against the George Mason Patriots on November 7 for their home opener in the newly christened Neville Arena. George Mason finished in the middle of the conference, The Atlantic 10, last season going 14-16. The last time they played against Auburn was on the Plains in 2017, and the Tigers beat the Patriots 79-63.
The next matchup that has been set for Auburn basketball in 2022-23 is against the Washington Huskies. This game is finishing up the home-and-home deal between Auburn and Washington, with the Tigers headed to Seattle this fall. The last time the Tigers faced off against the Huskies was in 2018, and Auburn won out 88-66.
Similar to the Patriots, the Huskies finished up their 2021-22 season in the middle of their conference, the Pac-12, with a final record of 17-15 and 11-9 in conference play.
Also happening in the early fall will be the Tigers’ trip to Mexico where they will compete in the 2022 Cancun Challenge along with Eastern Michigan, Southern Miss, Purdue Fort Wayne, Winthrop, Bradley, Liberty, and Northwestern. The first game will take place on the Plains with Auburn basketball hosting Winthrop, and then the action will move to Mexico.