Auburn men’s basketball ranked No. 24 in AP preseason poll
Coming off the program’s first-ever Final Four appearance, the Auburn University men’s basketball team is set to begin the 2019-20 season ranked No. 24 in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 Poll.
The poll was released on Monday.
It is the sixth time in history that the Tigers have been ranked in this annual preseason poll and just the second time in back-to-back seasons. Bruce Pearl’s team opened the 2018-19 campaign at No. 11.
Auburn also accomplished consecutive preseason rankings before the 1985-86 and 1986-87 seasons at No. 10 and No. 12, respectively. The Tigers were also ranked fourth in the 1999-2000 poll and 20th in the initial rankings prior to the 1975-76 campaign.
Picked to finish fourth in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), Auburn is one of four teams from the league ranked in the first AP poll of the season, joining No. 2 Kentucky, No. 6 Florida and No. 22 LSU.
The Tigers begin the season on November 5 vs. Georgia Southern. Tip time is slated for 8:00 p.m. CST inside Auburn Arena. The game will broadcast on SEC Network and the Auburn Sports Network.
The University of Alabama men’s basketball team received two votes in the preseason AP poll, leaving them on the outside looking in for now.
Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn