It’s a Big Day on The Plains for Auburn Basketball—Update: Tigers Win!
Bruce Pearl will be pumping up the crowd today as the Tigers play for the SEC Championship (photo: USA TODAY)
Auburn has a chance today to win its first SEC Championship since 1999. Currently, the Tigers are tied with Tennessee for first place in the conference. If Auburn beats South Carolina it will wrap up at least a portion of the title should the Vols beat Georgia in Knoxville.
While No. 14 Auburn and No. 16 Tennessee will be co-champions if they both win or both lose, the Tigers could win the title outright with a Tennessee loss and an Auburn victory.
Auburn (24–6, 12–5) lost to the Gamecocks (16–14, 7–10) a little over two weeks ago, but you’ve got to like the Tigers’ chances with a 14–1 home record. The Tigers are averaging beating their opponents at home by 17 points.
The fans have been a big part of that home record, bringing an atmosphere that has made the Auburn Arena one of the toughest venues in college basketball. And you can bet the house will be rocking from the tip off. If the Tigers can get off to a fast start, the crowd will make it difficult for the Gamecocks to compete.
If they do, it will be the first time the nets have been cut down since Chris Porter helped coach Cliff Ellis do it in 1999. Hopefully we’ll get to see Bruce Pearl and Bryce Brown do the same today. Pearl said, “It’s something you dream about.”
May the dream come true today!
Fans that can’t make it to the game can catch the 2:30 CT Tip off on the SEC Network. And legendary Auburn coach Sonny Smith will join Rod Bramblett on 93.9 FM and online at AuburnTigers.com.
Tigers won their 3rd SEC regular season championship with a 79–70 victory over South Carolina. Bryce Brown had a game-high 29 points with eight 3-pointers to propel the Tigers to the victory. Now if Georgia upsets Tennessee, the Tigers will have sole possession of the title.