On Jan. 19, 1906, Auburn defeated Tulane 27-17 in what is considered the first intercollegiate basketball game in the university’s history.
The Legends Game will be played at 11 a.m. CST on Saturday at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum, two hours prior to the current Tigers taking the court against Arkansas.
The Tigers and Razorbacks will be wearing “thowback uniforms” similar to ones worn in the early 1980s. Auburn’s jerseys will be almost identical to the models from two decades earlier and the pants will be similar in style, but not as short and not as tight.
“This is a very special weekend for our basketball program and it will be great to see all of these former players who are a vital part of the history,” says head coach Jeff Lebo. “It is important for our players to understand the vital role they play in building for the future.”
Among the players scheduled to be in the Legends Game are Wesley Person, Doc Robinson, Scott Pohlman, Aaron Swinson, Reggie Gallon, Stan Pietkiewicz and Lee DeFore. Daymeon Fishback will also be on the hardwood before returning to his radio duties as color broadcaster for the Auburn vs. Arkansas game.
Wesley Person (left) is shown with Coach Jeff Lebo (right).
Among more than 100 former players who are expected to be in attendance include John Mengelt, one only two Tigers (Charles Barkley is the other) to have their jerseys retired, as well as Rex Frederick, Jeff Moore, Aubrey Wiley, Bill Alexander, Joe Newton, Bill McGriff, Coot Veal, Franklin Williams, Freddie Guy and Jack Powell.
Wesley Person, Auburn’s third all-time leading scorer behind his brother Chuck and Mike Mitchell, says that he is looking forward to seeing former teammates Swinson, Gallon, Battle and Wiley as well as Lebo’s talented but young squad.
“I am looking forward to coming back and seeing my former teammates,” he says. “It has been a long time since we have all been together and it is going to be exciting. We have all had some very good times at Auburn, and it is going to be fun watching this year’s team.
“Coach Lebo is doing some great things and he is building the program back to where it needs to be,” Person adds. “We have a lot of very good young talent.”
Tickets for the Legends Game and Auburn vs. Arkansas are $15. There will be autographs available on the concourse between games and the first 7,000 fans will receive a commemorative poster.
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