Auburn to play Memphis in Atlanta for Holiday Hoopsgiving

SOURCE: AUBURN ATHLETICS

The Auburn men’s basketball team added a challenging non-conference opponent to its 2020-21 schedule as the program is set to play Memphis in the 2020 installment of Holiday Hoopsgiving.

The battle between the two Tiger teams is slated to take place Dec. 12 in Atlanta, Ga. at State Farm Arena as part of a quadrupleheader that also features Dayton vs. Mississippi State, Alabama vs. Clemson and LSU vs. South Florida.

“We are very excited about playing in State Farm Arena in downtown Atlanta, home of the Atlanta Hawks,” Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl said. “What a great opportunity for our student-athletes to compete against a top program in Memphis.

“We have so many great fans and alumni in Atlanta, and I’m challenging them to sell the place out. Congratulations to Chris Williams and the VII Group for putting on what promises to be a great event. We are also pleased with the event’s support of the Mike Slive Foundation for prostate cancer research.”

Auburn has played Memphis just one time in series history, winning 78-64 on the road on Jan. 2, 1953. Auburn is 61-41 all-time against teams from the currently constructed American Athletic Conference.

Since the 2017-18 campaign, Auburn and Memphis have each amassed three 20-win seasons. Auburn is 81-24, while Memphis is 64-37 over the last three years.

With the addition of Holiday Hoopsgiving on the schedule, Auburn is set to play in Atlanta for a regular season non-conference game for just the third time since 1990, having played Illinois in 2013 and Georgia State in 1990.

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