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Tigers On the Road at Missouri Today

By on February 15th, 2020 in Basketball 2 Comments »

Can the Tigers Win without Isaac Okoro?

     War Eagle, everybody! Today the Auburn Tigers leave the soggy south and head to Missouri Arena for a battle of Tigers. It has been a harrowing week of close Auburn wins, but it has not been without cost. The Tigers weathered a couple of hits at the forward positions, with Danjel Purifoy nullified by flu and the hamstring injury to Isaac Okoro late in the Alabama game.

     I would imagine that Purifoy will be ready to go today. He played about 9 minutes in the Alabama game and scored 3 points but wasn’t really his usual self. With 3 more days to recover, he should be ready to go, given how good Auburn’s nutrition and strength programs have been in recent years. I do not think Okoro will play today as hamstrings are tough to heal. We might not see him back full strength until tournament time.

     What Auburn does having coming into this game is starters J’Von McCormick, Samir Doughty and Austin Wiley playing at a high level. Wiley dominated the lane against Alabama, grabbing 17 rebounds and blocking 5 shots. Even when Wiley wasn’t recording stats, he altered most shots Alabama took around the goal and completely nullified Bama’s inside game. McCormick and Doughty make a great guard tandem as either can run the point. This prevents teams from attacking the point guard and causing turnovers. Auburn has really benefited this season with most of the players on the court able to handle the ball and dribble it up the court if necessary.

     With Okoro out, I would expect that Anfernee McLemore will get the start at forward. That means both McLemore and Wiley will be playing more minutes. Auburn will also need more help from the bench from guys like Devan Cambridge, Allen Flanigan and, possibly, Jaylin Williams.

     Auburn is not the only team with players out. Missouri’s 2 scorers, Mark Smith (10.9 points per game) and Jeremiah Tillmon (8.5), of its top 4 are likely to miss this game due to injury. Tillmon is probably the best Mizzou big man and will be missed in the paint. With Austin Wiley coming to town, that’s not good for the home Tigers.

     After Alabama shot a record 59 3-point attempts, Missouri’s 3-guard lineup is concerning. They will occasionally get hot and keep Missouri in the game. Dru Smith is the best of the 3 and leads the team in assists and steals. He is also, incredibly, 2nd on the team in rebounds.

     Missouri’s forwards are not big scorers but will fight and play scrappy defense. Expect to see some mix of Torrence Watson, Reed Nikko and freshman Kobe Brown on the floor. Watson in particular is a guy that can occasionally step back and hit a big 3-point shot.

     On paper, Auburn should win this game, but it is on the road, and Missouri plays better at home with a 9–3 record. Auburn’s played a number of close games lately and might be due for a letdown. On the other hand, you can’t count out how tough Auburn has been in the closing minutes in those games. I think Auburn will hold on and win this game, but it likely won’t be pretty.

     This game tips off at 5:00 PM today and will be televised on ESPN-2. I’m going to put an open thread on this post, and I’ll try to fire off updates. I won’t be able to do a full play by play, but I will be watching.

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Auburn Baseball is Back – Tigers Win Opening Game in Front of Sellout Crowd

By on February 14th, 2020 in Baseball, News 1 Comment »
With chilly mornings and frost still on the ground, it’s hard to believe it's that time of year again. Yes, it’s time for America’s sport, at least on the college level. Baseball is back on the Plains. Auburn opened the 2020 season Saturday with a 5–3 win over Illinois-Chicago in front of a full house. Tanner Burns and... Read Full Story

After Buzzer Beater Comeback against LSU, Auburn Looks for Payback against Tide

By on February 11th, 2020 in Basketball, News 3 Comments »
There was a different feeling from Auburn basketball’s showdown versus LSU than last week’s take down of the Kentucky Wildcats. The showdown with Kentucky brought fanfare that accompanies blueblood teams and with it came College Gameday, a first for Auburn. The Kentucky game was the prime-time event, and though it was a hard... Read Full Story

A Football Look Ahead

By on February 7th, 2020 in Football 6 Comments »
What Will Auburn's Playing Rotation Look Like in 2020?     War Eagle, everybody! National signing day has come and gone once again, and Auburn's roster for the season is now close to being set. In addition, this morning Auburn announced the hiring of Al Pogue as a defensive backs coach, so we now have a good idea who the on-... Read Full Story

Auburn Looks to Cap Off Strong Class on National Signing Day

By on February 5th, 2020 in Football, News 17 Comments »
Today is National Signing Day (NSD). Before 2017 it was a day of anticipation and even excitement for college football fans hungry for some football news in the offseason. That was before the NCAA instituted an early signing period. There is little doubt the drama has all but disappeared with the majority of top players on the b... Read Full Story

Tigers Put the Brakes on Kentucky!

By on February 2nd, 2020 in Basketball 4 Comments »
Danjel Purifoy on the Defensive End(John Reed, USA TODAY Sports)     War Eagle, everybody! The Auburn Tigers' mens basketball team got their first win over a top-25-ranked opponent yesterday, defeating the 13th-ranked Wildcats, 75–66. The win moved Auburn to 19–2 on the season, and the Tigers picked up a big signature wi... Read Full Story

Monday Musings From The Plains

By on January 27th, 2020 in Basketball, Football, News 7 Comments »

From ESPN's College GameDay first ever visit to campus to Auburn's fifth consecutive year to be represented in the Super Bowl to Auburn Football's chances at a championship in 2020 and more in this edition of Monday Musings.

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Tigers Drop Two, South Carolina Comes to Auburn Arena

By on January 22nd, 2020 in Basketball, News 1 Comment »
Auburn was soaring to the top of college basketball when it traveled to Coleman Coliseum to take on the Crimson Tide. The Tigers were ranked in the top five and were one of two unbeaten teams in America. There is nothing that Auburn fans love more than to beat Alabama, which Auburn has done fairly regularly since Bruce Pearl cam... Read Full Story

Malzahn Ready to Turn Chad Morris Loose With Offense

By on January 21st, 2020 in Football, News 3 Comments »

Many see the rise of Dabo Sweeney at Clemson being directly related to Morris’ ability to coach record-setting QB Tajh Boyd, recruiting Deshaun Watson and installing an offense that is still, for the most part, run by the Purple Tigers today.

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A Look Back, and Ahead

By on January 17th, 2020 in Basketball, Football 12 Comments »
There is some apprehension about the year ahead(Photo by Acid Reign)     War Eagle, everybody! As the bleak midwinter settles in with frost and northern winds, it is time to assess recent events in football and beyond. A year of excitement and disappointment in football has passed. Despite a loss last Wednesday at Tuscaloosa... Read Full Story

Midweek Ramblings From The Plains—Coaching Changes Edition

In 2018 Auburn hired former Auburn great and MLB star Gabe Gross to be its hitting coach, and the move has paid dividends. In two seasons with Gross as the hitting coach, the Tigers have had back-to-back years with the highest run totals in 10 years. The Auburn legend helped the Tigers make it to the College World Series in 1997... Read Full Story

SEC’s Coaching Carousel May Prove “Who Auburn Could Have Hired”

By on January 14th, 2020 in Football 10 Comments »
A few days ago, we discussed whether the current average losses per year under head coach Gus Malzahn were acceptable. Auburn has historically been an 8-win-per-season team with a sprinkling of a few great years. This has been the case under every great Auburn coach, and is one of the reasons that so many Auburn fans cling to Gu... Read Full Story

Few Things in Life Feel Better Than Beating Georgia … Auburn 82–UGA 60

By on January 12th, 2020 in Basketball, News 3 Comments »
There was thunder in Auburn Saturday, but it didn’t come from the strong storms that swept through the Plains. It was the roar of the sellout crowd inside Auburn Arena as the Tigers dominated their oldest rival in a a 82–60 blowout victory over Georgia.After the Bulldogs (10–4) scored a big road victory against Memphis las... Read Full Story

Auburn Basketball at 13–0 Is One of Only Two Undefeated Teams in the Nation

By on January 5th, 2020 in Basketball, News 6 Comments »
Auburn basketball went into Mississippi State’s basketball arena Saturday and defeated the Bulldogs 80–68. It was no small victory because wins in Humphrey Coliseum are hard to come by. In fact, the Tigers only have two other road wins in Starkville since 2001.To be sure it was a strong test for the No. 8 Tigers. With Guard ... Read Full Story

Is a Four-Loss Season Average Satisfactory at Auburn?

By on January 3rd, 2020 in Football 10 Comments »
Following the Outback Bowl loss, the same questions began to surface on social media between two factions. There were fans who wanted Gus Malzahn gone. The other group, which has seen its ranks shrink over time, aired the same responses they have leaned upon for almost half a decade. Those folks make some salient points. Malzahn... Read Full Story

Exterminate the Gophers! (Auburn vs Minnesota Open Thread)

By on January 1st, 2020 in Football 2 Comments »
It is Outback time, once again! Here is praying that we don't have copious rain, missed ref calls and missed overtime field goals     War Eagle, everybody! This afternoon Auburn will play once again in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida. The Tigers have faced a lot of adversity here in the past. I can point all the way back ... Read Full Story

Happy New Year from Track ‘Em Tigers

By on December 31st, 2019 in Memories, News 5 Comments »
Happy New Year, folks, from the staff here at Track ‘Em Tigers! Tomorrow, we look forward to Auburn's Outback Bowl date with Minnesota, but for this moment we want to wish all our readers a Happy New Year. May 2020 bring all of you happiness, good health and prosperity. Be sure to check in with Acid Reign tomorrow as he has hi... Read Full Story

Tigers Remain Unbeaten, SEC Play Starts January 4th

By on December 30th, 2019 in Basketball, News 2 Comments »
A feisty Lipscomb team came into Auburn Arena and stuck with coach Bruce Pearl's Tigers for the better part of a half. When time expired, the Orange and Blue had run away with an 86–59 win to remain unbeaten. Auburn is now one of only two teams in the country to be perfect on the season. The Tigers had five different players s... Read Full Story

A Week Crammed Full of Bowls!

By on December 27th, 2019 in Football 9 Comments »
The Minnesota Gophers Look to Make a Statement (Jesse Johnson/USA Today Sports)     War Eagle, everybody! SEC bowl season is here and begins tonight in Houston, Texas. This is my favorite time of year, when I can sit back and watch lots of good teams from around the country and see matchups of the sort I normally don't get t... Read Full Story

TV Broadcast Schedule for College Football Bowl Season 2019—2020

By on December 26th, 2019 in Football, News 2 Comments »

Fans have the ability to pick and choose from a variety of interesting contests to watch on television, including No. 12 Auburn’s matchup with No. 18 Minnesota in the Outback Bowl. We've also listed the broadcast schedule for all 28 games for the next 18 days leading up to the CFB National Championship Game.

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Merry Christmas From Track ‘Em Tigers

By on December 24th, 2019 in Football, Memories 2 Comments »
As our thoughts move away from football and basketball for a few days and toward our family and friends, we want to take a moment to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas. I know I speak for the entire staff when I say that our best wishes and prayers are with all of you this holiday season.As we share time with the people who ... Read Full Story
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