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NC State basketball announces home-and-home with Auburn

Bruce Pearl’s crew is coming to Raleigh in December.

Clemson v Auburn Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images

It’s the announcement of only one game, but NC State’s non-conference home schedule is already better than it was last year. The Wolfpack has agreed to a home-and-home with Auburn that will begin in Raleigh this upcoming season, with a return trip the season after.

This addition to the slate is good for the fans and also an encouraging sign that State isn’t planning to play it quite so easy in Kevin Keatts’ second season. State certainly wasn’t interested in voluntarily scheduling quality power-conference schools at this point last year.

The Tigers tied for the SEC regular-season title in 2018 with a 13-5 league record and earned No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament. They’ll be good again this winter.

With this addition, NC State has (at least) two power-conference teams on its non-conference slate for 2018-19, the other being whichever Big Ten school the Pack draws in the ACC-B1G Challenge.