“This is part of the process in building a national program at Auburn, and it will be a wonderful experience for our players both on the court and off,” Tigers head coach Tony Barbee said.
The Tigers are in a field that includes Clemson, Kansas State, Xavier, UTEP, Long Beach State, Southern Illinois and Hawaii.
This is Auburn’s third trip to the Hawaiian Islands for a tournament. It won the 1998 United Airlines Tip-Off Classic in Honolulu and played in the 1996 Big Island Invitational in Hilo.
Next season’s tournament features 12 games in three days at the Stan Sheriff Center on the University of Hawaii Campus. Each team plays in one game per day, with a bracket format.The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in a championship match on Christmas day.
Barbee, who is in his first season with Auburn, previously coached at UTEP.