This should be a physical game, and I like having Horace Spencer on our side!
War Eagle, everybody! This afternoon, Auburn will play its second game in the SEC Basketball Tournament against the #4 seed South Carolina Gamecocks. Auburn advanced after defeating Missouri yesterday afternoon, 81–71. It was a fist-fight of a game, and Auburn’s bench really came through and preserved the victory.
If yesterday’s game is any indication, officials aren’t calling many fouls in this tournament. There was lots of hard contact that wasn’t called. I remember in the 2nd half seeing Bryce Brown get elbowed to the deck on back to back plays with no calls. I fully expect South Carolina to try to feed big man Chris Silva the ball in the paint, and elbows will be flying. Auburn will need quality defense from Chuma Okeke, Anfernee McLemore and Horace Spencer against Silva.
When these two teams met earlier this season, the officials were a major factor. The Gamecocks were able to mug Auburn shooters with impunity. Meanwhile, if McLemore or Spencer even breathed on Silva, a foul was called. Spencer and McLemore both got in foul trouble, and Silva went off for 32 points in an 80–77 win in Columbia. Even as poorly as Auburn played on defense, the team had a chance to tie it in the waning seconds, but a 3 pointer went in and out, and Auburn lost.
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