"This is a wonderful opportunity for continued national exposure for our program," said Barbee. "Seton Hall will be a much improved team, and it will definitely be a challenge playing a Big East opponent on its home court.
"It will be a great opportunity for our large Auburn alumni base in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania to come watch the Tigers play close to home."
It will be the first-ever meeting between Auburn and Seton Hall, a team that finished 13-18 overall and 7-11 in Big East play. The Pirates defeated Alabama as well as four NCAA Tournament teams last season. They were 8-7 in home games last year.
The 2011 Challenge begins on Thursday, Dec. 1, with Alabama, Kentucky and South Carolina playing host to Georgetown, St. John's and Providence, respectively, while Ole Miss travels to DePaul. On Friday night, Auburn will visit Seton Hall, Florida travels to Syracuse and Vanderbilt goes to Louisville while Georgia hosts Cincinnati. Saturday will see Tennessee host Pittsburgh and West Virginia will visit Mississippi State while Arkansas travels to Connecticut and LSU goes to Rutgers.
It will be third appearance for Auburn in the SEC-Big East Challenge as the Tigers lost at Rutgers last season and against West Virginia in Birmingham in 2007. ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU will combine to televise all 12 games of the challenge. Times and networks will be announced by August 15.
The game against Seton Hall is another quality opponent for Barbee's Tigers in year two as they will also play in the 2011 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic along with Clemson, Kansas State, Xavier, UTEP, Long Beach State, Southern Illinois and host Hawaii on Dec. 22, 23 and 25, ESPN Regional Television, Inc., announced on Feb. 24. The games will be played at the Stan Sheriff Center on the campus of the University of Hawaii.