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A Rough Matchup Ahead.

By on March 15th, 2019 in Basketball 97 Comments »

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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SEC Tournament Dates, Times, Streaming, and Broadcast Schedule

By on March 13th, 2019 in Basketball, News 7 Comments »
When the Auburn basketball team upset No. 5 Tennessee 84–80 Saturday, it marked the most SEC wins (24) over a two-year period in school history. It not only was the first win over a top-5 opponent in 24 years, but it solidified Auburn's position in the NCAA Tournament for a second consecutive season, a feat that hasn’t occur... Read Full Story

Could This Be Chuma Okeke’s Last Season on The Plains?

By on March 13th, 2019 in Basketball, News 4 Comments »
Auburn sophomore Chuma Okeke made a a personal statement in Auburn’s upset win over No. 5 Tennessee. His 22 points wasn’t his career best, but it was the biggest game of his career. Going back to the preseason, the question was how Okeke would fit into the grand scheme of things with Austin Wiley, Danjel Purifoy, and Anferne... Read Full Story

Upon Further Review: Auburn Basketball Back on Track

By on March 12th, 2019 in Basketball, News 5 Comments »
Life under Bruce Pearl has been one strange, crazy, exasperating, frustrating, but ultimately rewarding ride. This season has just been another one of those years. Just when the Tigers looked to underachieve the lofty goals of which the entire country believed Auburn was capable, Pearl's squad ended the regular season at home wi... Read Full Story

Auburn Earns Most Important Win in Auburn Arena With Upset of No. 5 Tennessee

"Everybody in the country recognizes Tennessee is a Final Four team, [and] everybody in the country recognizes Auburn is capable of beating, and in fact just did beat, a Final Four team," said Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl after his Auburn Tigers beat No. 5 Tennessee, 84–80. It was a meeting between last year’s regular seas... Read Full Story

Auburn Women Lose Heartbreaker to Texas A&M; Look Toward Selection Sunday

By on March 9th, 2019 in Basketball, News 2 Comments »
The Auburn women bowed out of the SEC Tournament Friday night, losing a heartbreaker to Texas A&M, 64–62. The Tigers (22–9) fought hard in a game that saw nine lead changes and 10 ties. With less than 30 seconds to go and the game tied at 62-all, the Aggies' Kayla Wells hit a jumper at the five second mark to give No. 1... Read Full Story

Auburn Women Beat Alabama for Third Time This Season to Advance in SEC Tournament

The Auburn women’s basketball team won a dramatic victory over arch rival Alabama Thursday night in the second round of the SEC Tournament. Down by seven points in the fourth quarter, the Tigers forced five turnovers to beat the Tide 53–52.It was the third time this season the Tigers (22–8) beat Alabama (14–17). The last... Read Full Story

Weird Win for Tigers Sets Up Final Week of Regular Season

By on March 5th, 2019 in Basketball, News 5 Comments »
It was a weird game and a weird win for coach Bruce Pearl's Tigers. Saturday afternoon, Auburn welcomed Mississippi State to Auburn Arena for yet another important game. Simply to talk about a must-win game for Auburn at this point is weird enough. Yet, Auburn had to win this game to avoid becoming a bubble team.Of course, to ta... Read Full Story

Monday Musings From The Plains (Winning-20-Games Edition)

From Auburn men and women Basketball finishing 20 win seasons to the Baseball team getting their first sweep of the season to Softball proving they belong among the nation’s best to thoughts on tornadoes that hit Lee County Sunday, and more.

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An Electric Evening in Atlanta!

By on March 2nd, 2019 in Football 3 Comments »
The Tigers set records in an SEC Title Game win in 2013 (Photo by Acid Reign)     War Eagle, everybody! This week, we'll take a look back to a magical game, when Auburn last won the SEC title. Not much was expected of the Tigers in 2013 after the team had lost all 8 of its conference games the year before. The average score ... Read Full Story

Okeke to the Rescue (Auburn 78, Georgia 75)

By on February 28th, 2019 in Basketball, News 2 Comments »
Auburn won an important basketball game in Athens Wednesday although the Tigers made it a little scary by allowing Georgia to close a 14-point gap before Atlanta native Chuma Okeke netted a 3 pointer with 24 seconds left to beat the Dogs in their house 78–75.Okeke has been a consistent offensive weapon lately, scoring in doubl... Read Full Story

Auburn vs. Georgia Could Have Big Impact on Tigers’ Postseason Destination

By on February 27th, 2019 in Basketball, News 4 Comments »
In a season filled with big games, the Auburn men’s basketball team faces another must win tonight at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Georgia. The preseason goal of winning back-to-back conference championships has evaporated, yet the Tigers are still in contention for a berth in the NCAA Tournament.  The outcomes of the next 10... Read Full Story

Monday Musings From The Plains (Auburn-Georgia Schedule Edition)

Finally, something has been done about the huge inequities in Auburn’s football schedule. No one else in the league has to play both Georgia and Alabama year in and year out. And having to play them both a week apart in November just added insult to injury. Now if the league would just ...

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Auburn Thoughts for a Rainy Day

By on February 22nd, 2019 in Basketball, Football 5 Comments »
Tigers ran wild over Arkansas (John Reed/USA Today Sports)     War Eagle, everybody! A long, wet football offseason continues here in the Deep South. This week, we received a nice spark from the Auburn basketball program as the men rode a hot start out to a 30-point lead at home against Arkansas and flattened the Hogs, 79–... Read Full Story

Tigers Go 4–1 in Busy Softball Weekend

By on February 20th, 2019 in Other Sports Comment »
Auburn softball hosted UAB, Furman, Drake and Texas Tech in this past weekend's Plainsman Invitational, a fan-favorite event. Fans were able to get a two-for-one on Saturday and Sunday as one ticket was good for both games. The schedule was moved around slightly as weather postponed Auburn's second game on Friday with Furman, bu... Read Full Story

What Are Auburn’s Chances to Make Back-to-Back NCAA Tournament Appearances?

By on February 18th, 2019 in Basketball, News 6 Comments »
The Vanderbilt basketball team is winless in SEC play, yet Auburn’s 64–53 basketball victory Saturday may have been the most important game of the year for the Tigers. Reeling from an unexpected loss to Ole Miss at home made Auburn’s game in Memorial Gymnasium a must win. And not because it was a road win or because it was... Read Full Story

Is it Panic Button Time for Auburn Basketball?

By on February 15th, 2019 in Basketball, News 5 Comments »
It was the year of high expectations. Auburn started out highly ranked, but after out-of-conference play, the Tigers looked less and less like a contender and more like a pretender. That paragraph could be applied to two different Auburn teams this year. While failing to meet expectations is something very familiar to Auburn foo... Read Full Story

Time For Some Peanuts and Cracker Jacks at Plainsman Park

By on February 14th, 2019 in Baseball, News 6 Comments »
With chilly mornings and frost still on the ground, it’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again. It’s time for the game that has been called “America’s pasttime.” Some might want to debate that label today, but there’s no denying the sport is the nation’s oldest, having been played since 1839.On the college... Read Full Story

Uneven Opening Weekend for Auburn Softball

By on February 12th, 2019 in News, Other Sports 1 Comment »
Coach Mickey Dean’s second Auburn squad came out crushing the ball in Gulf Shores on Friday afternoon. Readers may recall from last week’s season look ahead  that situational hitting had to improve if Auburn wanted to succeed this season. Though hitting has declined over the last couple of years, improvements are expected t... Read Full Story

Monday Musings From the Plains

By on February 11th, 2019 in Baseball, Basketball, Other Sports 2 Comments »
Auburn basketball swept through three SEC opponents at home last week but couldn’t quite push the momentum over to a road win Saturday. Despite a valiant effort the Tigers fell to LSU 83–78. Outmanned in height the Tigers fought hard in a see-saw battle that came down to a one-point game. With 20 seconds left Jared Harper an... Read Full Story

Post Signing Day Musings

By on February 8th, 2019 in Basketball, Football 6 Comments »
A new crop of young men brings optimism (Photo by Acid Reign)     War Eagle, everybody! National Signing Day has come and gone, and thanks to the new early signing period, it was a bit anti-climactic for Auburn fans. The Tigers acquired most of their new players way back in December but shored up a decent offensive line clas... Read Full Story