September 4, 2010 by staff
Samford University, On the opening day of the 2010 Global Hoops Sports Show hosted by Auburn University, Auburn and will face Samford at 7 pm, for the first time in 46 years. The last time the rivals met in establishing the court was December 3, 1964, as the Tigers posted a 102-44 victory at Auburn. Samford trails in the series of all time by the number of 2-23.
Campbell Middle Tennessee and also participate in the 2010 Global Hoops Sports Showcase. The Bulldogs are scheduled to face Middle Tennessee on November 20 at 2 pm, and Campbell at 2 pm, November 21.
“This is definitely a difficult time and I hope our guys are excited about the challenge,” said Tillett. “We are excited to play against Auburn and especially its brand new facilities. Look forward to a productive experience for us.”
Before his early-season tournament in Auburn, Samford will host Lindsey Wilson in an exhibition game Nov. 8 trip to Youngstown State for a contest that opened the season Nov. 12 and then play their first regular season game at home against Tennessee Wesleyan in November. 15.
Immediately after the tournament in Auburn, the Bulldogs will return home to play Jacksonville University on 24 November, before making the short trip to Atlanta, Georgia, for a game on the road against Georgia on November 27.
Samford will play a pair of games in the Southern Conference before Christmas this season as the Bulldogs welcome both Western Carolina (02 December) and Appalachian State (04 December) Pete Hanna Center for key league games. Samford then close its four-game homestand with a pair of nonconference contests against UT Arlington (Dec. 11) and Asbury College (December 1918).
On tour at the end of the Bulldogs’ before the Christmas holidays, Samford will travel to both UT San Antonio (December 1920) and Creighton (Dec. 22). Game Bulldogs’ game at Creighton will be a hometown senior center Andy King. King, born in Omaha, Nebraska, will return to his hometown of 7:05 pm, game against the Blue Jays.
“That really is an exciting experience for Andy to play against a lot of family and friends, but it will be a challenge for us because Creighton is a very good team,” said Tillett. “The game will be just before Christmas and that’s always a moment of madness for us, but I hope that our team is breaking up after the game, and not before the game.”
Samford will host the Eastern Michigan Christmas in its final nonconference game of the season Dec. 31. Last year, the Bulldogs faced Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and fought to a 58-56 victory in the EMU convocation center. With the win at Eastern Michigan, Tillett became the basketball coach for the first time in school history to reach the historic 200-win plateau.
The final Bulldogs’ 16 regular season games will be against SoCon opponents. Since 2011, Samford will host the conference key clashes against The Citadel (January 17), Elon (Jan. 27), UNC Greensboro 29 January), Davidson (03 February), Wofford (Feb. 16), Furman (February. 19) and Chattanooga (Feb. 26).
SoCon Slate road also will be tough for the Bulldogs in 2011 on his way to the games at UNC Greensboro (06 January), Elon (08 January), Chattanooga (Jan. 15), Furman (Jan. 20), Wofford (January 1922), South Georgia (05 February), Appalachian State (Feb. 10), Western Carolina (Feb. 12) and the College of Charleston (Feb. 21).
“It’s good that we will not be finishing the season with the long journey to Western Carolina Appalachian State and we have the last two years, but now we have a midweek game against the University of Charleston shot there,” said Tillett. “That will be a little more of a curve of seven hours round trip for us, but it’s definitely good to finish the season at home this year.”
The 2011 SoCon Tournament will return to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where competition of 12 teams will not take place in the center of The McKenzie Arena. Two seasons ago, Samford rallied with two wins against Furman and the Citadel to advance to the semifinals of the SoCon Tournament last held in Chattanooga, Tennessee
The basketball team officially Samford University released its 2010-11 schedule Wednesday, said coach Jimmy Tillett. The Bulldogs next season ‘has a challenging schedule of games, including a contest for December 22, Creighton and participation in a three-day tournament held in Auburn, November 19-21.
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