Auburn’s three exhibition games on their overseas tour to Israel this summer will be broadcast live on SEC Network.
Bruce Pearl’s team will travel overseas for the inaugural “Birthright for College Basketball” tour, with the Tigers traveling to Israel on July 31 for a 10-day trip that ends August 10. During the tour, Auburn will play in three exhibitions. matches against the best teams in Israel.
Auburn will face the Israel U-20 national team on August 2 at Malha Arena in Jerusalem, followed by back-to-back games against the Israel All-Star Team on August 7 and the Israel National Team on August 8. August at Tel Aviv Yafo Sports Palace in Tel Aviv. Matches will be played in front of fans – local and those who choose to travel overseas – and will be played under FIBA rules, including a four-quarter format as opposed to the two-half setup used. in NCAA competition.
All three Auburn games will air live on SEC Network at noon central time, with ESPN analyst Jay Bilas and play-by-play announcer Roxy Bernstein on the call.
“I’m grateful to Auburn University and the NCAA for allowing us to make these overseas trips every four years,” Pearl said. “This academic, historical and religious experience will forever affect our student-athletes. As a Jewish American college basketball coach, I am honored and blessed to share this experience with our Auburn basketball family. The birthright for college basketball in Israel will become one of the most sought after and impactful overseas trips in the future.
Auburn will be the second school to air its overseas tour on the SEC Network after Kentucky previously made out-of-country trips on the network in 2014 and 2018. Programs such as Kansas and others have had overseas tours streamed online in the past.
Auburn is also expected to be the fourth NCAA program from any division to travel to Israel for a preseason tour. The UConn men’s team made the trip in 1998, while the Toledo women’s team made the trip in 2011, and the Wheaton (Illinois) College men’s team made the trip to Israel in 2016.
This will be Auburn’s first overseas preseason tour since 2017, when the Tigers traveled to Italy that summer. The NCAA allows teams to participate in such trips once every four years. Along with the cultural experience and the chance to play against quality international competition, Pearl looked forward to this trip as an opportunity for his new roster – which brings back key pieces such as KD Johnson, Zep Jasper, Wendell Green Jr. ., Jaylin Williams, Allen Flanigan, Dylan Cardwell and Chris Moore, and welcome newcomers Johni Broome, Tre Donaldson, Chance Westry and Yohan Traore – to gel and gain on-court experience together well ahead of the 2022 season. -23.
Tom Green is an Auburn Beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Tomas_Verde.