AU Men's Basketball tickets sell quickly

By Chris Vessell bio | email

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Tiger Basketball continues for the men even if it isn't a trip to the NCAA Championship. Tickets to the National Invitation Tournament game at Beard-Eaves Coliseum have been a hot item. The men's basketball team may not have won Saturday's game, but they are still winning over the hearts of fans.

Tickets to the NIT game against UT Martin are selling quickly. "The people answering phones, we had 5 and 6 lines going all morning, non-stop until a little after noon. It was just a great day, online sales actually kicked in after we found out we were invited to the National Invitational Tournament," Steven Naughton, Director of Athletic Tickets said.

Staff in the Ticket Office expect the demand will continue up until the start of the game at 7:00 PM CST on Wednesday night.

"We feel like it's going to build toward Wednesday, no doubt. If Tuesday and Wednesday go like today, we could be very near full. We don't want to discourage anyone from coming out, but we do feel like we will have tickets Wednesday before the game" Naughton said.

The Tigers won 9 out of 10 games before falling in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals, but Auburn was one of four No. 1 seeds in the NIT. "You just play ball. For three years, we haven't had a sell out any game since I've been here. So we are used to it," said Rasheem Barrett, a Senior Guard. "We're used to not having any respect. We come to play for ourselves. We don't play for anyone but ourselves and AU on our chest," Barrett added.

While the Auburn men are focused on winning games instead of selling tickets, it appears they'll receive a new show of support at the gate. "Just real excited, proud of the Auburn folks and want this group of young men to have another opportunity to play some basketball," Naughton added.