AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn basketball will be making a trip to Ohio next season.
According to FanRagsports.com, Auburn and Dayton will start a home-and-home series in 2017. The Tigers will make the first trip and the Flyers will head to the Plains in 2018-2019.
Official dates and times for the non-conference matchup will be determined in the coming months.
Bruce Pearl shared his philosophy on scheduling prior to Auburn’s 2016 season, explaining he wanted to play the top teams from outside conferences. Dayton definitely falls into that category.
The Flyers have won at least 24 games over the last four seasons, earning four-straight trips to the NCAA Tournament. Most recently, Dayton fell to Wichita State in the first round of the south regional. That string of success came under coach Archie Miller, who accepted the Indiana basketball job following Tom Crean’s firing.
Still, if Auburn is in need of motivation for the series, it need look no further than new Dayton head coach Anthony Grant. Grant, who played at Dayton from 1983-1987, coached the Alabama Crimson Tide from 2009-2015. This season’s game will be the first against his former in-state rival.
Several Atlantic 10 teams have made appearances in the NCAA tournament over the last few years, including VCU, Rhode Island and Xavier among others. Auburn will be seeking its first postseason appearance under Pearl following its 18-win season.