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Auburn Dominates No. 25 Washington, Looks to Maui

By on November 14th, 2018 in Basketball, News 24 Comments »

Chuma Okeke was named SEC Player of the Week for his performance through two games (photo: USA TODAY Sports)

Auburn may have some business to attend to when it takes on Mississippi College tonight at 7:00 p.m., but all eyes are on the Maui Invitational, the premier kickoff tournament in college basketball.

But before all of this, a look back at the first week of Tiger basketball is in order.

Auburn destroyed South Alabama when it dropped in 101 points. However, the real test was against the No. 25 Washington Huskies, who were set to visit Auburn Arena and witness the madness of The Jungle. This event was rarefied air because it was a Top 25 matchup with Auburn sporting a No. 11 ranking. Top 25 battles inside the Arena are something new. That’s partly because the Arena is fairly new, but it is also because Auburn hasn’t been a legit Top 25 program for some time.

Make no mistake, there are Auburn fans, and there are Auburn basketball fans. Auburn fans may have seen this as another chance for Auburn athletics to come out flat when the nation expected them to be elite, similar to what has happened this year with the football program. When it became obvious that big man Austin Wiley wasn’t quite ready to be a starter, many fringe fans assumed that might not work out in the Tigers’ favor. Adding to the anxiety was the fact that Danjel Purifoy isn’t eligible to return to play for eight more games.

However, the display that Bruce Pearl’s squad put on against Washington was nothing short of amazing. It was eye opening. Auburn made a statement by destroying the Huskies. Sure, it wasn’t the 101–58 score the Tigers put on South Alabama. But it was 88–66, and in reality the final score was as close as the Huskies got after the first few minutes of the game. 

Here’s the thing. Auburn’s studs didn’t play well. Wiley looked lost in his first minutes on the hardwood in over a year. In fact, Auburn looked slower and more vulnerable with him on the floor. The five-star finished with a measly five points. The guys expected to back him up, Anfernee McLemore and Horace Spencer, added only eight points. 

Bryce Brown, the man who will own almost every single long-ball shooting record at the end of the year, wasn’t terrific, but he was good. He and fellow guard Jared Harper each finished with 13. They played well, but it was necessary to score a lot more to beat a top 25 team by 20-odd points.

The guys who shined were those who were expected to come off the bench, at least before the season began. Chuma Okeke made a case to be a starter last season when McLemore went down with an injury. Okeke earned SEC Player of the Week honors with his game-leading 19 points. He added 10 rebounds to finish with a double double. He’s a hybrid player for sure. But, man, he is good.

Who else is good?

Samir Doughty. With the talent and experience on this team, the VCU transfer wasn’t expected to be a real contender as a starter. But Doughty has done everything he’s needed to do with his performance. He kicked in 18 points for the Tigers. 

Outside of those two players, Auburn was sloppy at times, and many vets didn’t play up to expectations. Still, the proof was in the final score. Auburn is really, really good. 

Pearl has something special taking place on the Plains. His Tigers dominated from start to finish against a good opponent, and they did it without Purifoy and with Wiley being extremely limited. Pearl wasn’t happy with the win, especially with the end of the game. That’s what makes him special. He wasn’t pleased with the Tigers winning by 30 or more for much of the game only to end with a 22-point win. He  wants more. He demands more. 

Let’s see what happens this week. 

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Tiger-Eye Review–Prometheism Edition

By on November 14th, 2018 in Football 7 Comments »

The numbers in this week's statistical analysis of each SEC team addresses what impact coaching changes have had on the conference in the last five years. Some might be surprised by the results.

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Tommy Tuberville Says He Knows What Auburn Needs to Right the Ship

By on November 13th, 2018 in Football 30 Comments »

Monday Tommy Tuberville penned an exposé in The Athletic about what he thinks the problem has been and what Gus Malzahn needs to do to return the program to being a contender in 2019. The former Auburn coach said a major turning point could be ...

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TET College Pick’Em Results–WEEK 11

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Gut Check Time for Gus Malzahn

By on November 12th, 2018 in Football 20 Comments »
For 10 glorious minutes Saturday night, Auburn fans were living in a dream world. The offense was clicking on back-to-back possessions and the defense was nasty again. Then, like so many things this season, it just went away. Such is life under Gus Malzahn: a couple of nice peaks combined mostly with valleys that never seem to e... Read Full Story

Auburn Tumbles Against the Bulldogs (Grading Auburn’s 27–10 Loss at Georgia.

By on November 11th, 2018 in Football 12 Comments »
Auburn had little leverage on Georgia backs (AP Photo/John Bazemore)     War Eagle everybody. It's time now for the Acid Reign Report on a disappointing Auburn day, visiting the Georgia Bulldogs. The offensive line had little success moving the Georgia front, and a tendency to run the ball away from any lead blocking continu... Read Full Story

Bash the Bulldogs! (Auburn at Georgia Open Thread)

By on November 10th, 2018 in Football 3 Comments »
Auburn takes on the SEC East Champs tonight (Photo by Acid Reign)     War Eagle, everybody! This evening, the Auburn Tigers travel to Athens, Georgia to take on the Georgia Bulldogs in a cross-conference showdown. It's time for the deep South's oldest rivalry between the hedges in Georgia's Sanford Stadium.     This game... Read Full Story

College Football TV Broadcast Schedule for Saturday 11–10–18

By on November 9th, 2018 in Football, News 1 Comment »
The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry will be renewed Saturday as No. 24 Auburn takes on No. 5 Georgia in Athens. Although Georgia (8–1) is a two score favorite, it’s really hard to predict the outcome of a heated rivalry game. In fact there have been several games in the series where the underdog has come away with an upset. Th... Read Full Story

Auburn Visits the Bulldogs

By on November 9th, 2018 in Football 5 Comments »
Tigers face off against the SEC East champ in its own building(Photo by Acid Reign)     War Eagle, everybody! This week, the Auburn Tigers visit the Georgia Bulldogs in Athens, Georgia. There should be little pressure on Auburn as the pundits have made Auburn a double-digit underdog, and Georgia has already clinched the SEC ... Read Full Story

Track ‘Em Tigers TV—Previewing Auburn vs. Georgia

Join Coach Nelson and me as we look back at the Texas A&M game and preview the 126th edition of the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry.... Read Full Story

Tiger-Eye Review—Final Stretch Edition

By on November 7th, 2018 in Football 4 Comments »
Three quarters of the season is in the history books of the Southeastern Conference, and the championship game is set between the two division champions. But this does not mean the season is finished in terms of emotion, drama or excitement. The teams still have important games to play that will have national importance and impa... Read Full Story

TET College Pick’Em RESULTS—WEEK 10

By on November 6th, 2018 in Football Comment »
A big War Eagle! A much needed win was achieved by our boys in the Orange and Blue, and with that the hopes of a momentum swing to finish out the year is what is needed.  No one really expects much more as we play two top-5 teams, but when Auburn is seen as the underdog, that seems to motivate the Tigers to get the job done!  ... Read Full Story

Upon Further Review: Too Little Too Late for Gus?

By on November 6th, 2018 in Football 14 Comments »

Auburn fans stuck around inside the stadium. The fans at home didn’t turn the TV off, including yours truly. Why? Because it would be a totally Gus thing to somehow pull this off, and he did just that.

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Malzahn Survives. Will He Regret It?

By on November 5th, 2018 in Football 32 Comments »
Two days later and I still can’t explain it. Or understand it. How this Auburn team found a way to win a football game with only 19 yards rushing is the most mystifying thing I’ve witnessed in more than 40 years of watching football. Few people get to witness their own death and live to talk about it. Count Gus Malzahn among... Read Full Story

Auburn Rallies Against the Aggies! (Grading Auburn’s 28–24 Win Over Texas A&M)

By on November 4th, 2018 in Football 6 Comments »
Miracle grabs save the Tigers!(AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)     War Eagle everybody! It's time now for the Acid Reign Report on a shocking Auburn day, hosting the Texas A&M Aggies. The offensive line had little success moving the Texas A&M front, and as a result Auburn was historically bad running the football, picking up... Read Full Story

Attack the Aggies! (Auburn vs. Texas A&M Open Thread)

By on November 3rd, 2018 in Football Comment »
Can Auburn defeat Texas A&M?(Photo by Acid Reign)     War Eagle, everybody! This morning, the Auburn Tigers will host Texas A&M, taking on the Aggies in an important SEC Western Division battle. The winner of this game likely will head to one of the better mid-level bowls, while the loser will likely end up in a bott... Read Full Story

College Football TV Broadcast Schedule for Saturday 11–3–18

By on November 2nd, 2018 in Football, News Comment »
War Eagle folks. It’s another football Saturday on the Plains as Auburn will face No. 20 Texas A&M in Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Tigers showed a lot of improvement in their last outing, beating Ole Miss 31–16 on the road. Quarterback Jarrett Stidham completed 13 of 22 passes for 215 yards and one touchdown. The Tigers also... Read Full Story

Auburn Recruiting Update 2019

By on November 2nd, 2018 in Football, News, Other Sports 8 Comments »
The early signing period is only about two months away, and while this has stolen some thunder from the real National Signing Day, it is not too early to take a look at Auburn’s current recruiting class to see what may be in store.None of these have signed yet, so anything can still happen, but based on an average of the most ... Read Full Story

Track’Em Tigers TV—Previewing Texas A&M

Join Coach Nelson and I as we look back at the Ole Miss game and preview Texas A&M.

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Auburn Hosts the Aggies

By on November 1st, 2018 in Football 8 Comments »
Auburn is looking for its first ever home win against Texas A&M(Photo by Acid Reign)     War Eagle, everybody! Auburn comes off a much-needed bye week Saturday and takes on Texas A&M in another early kickoff at 11:00 Central Time. Auburn comes into this game looking for a 6th win to improve bowl position and is a sli... Read Full Story

Tiger-Eye Review—Covering the Spread Edition

By on October 31st, 2018 in Football 4 Comments »
While the East battled, the West rested. While the outcomes were for the favored team in nearly every case, it seemed the victor in nearly every contest struggled to make the margin large enough to satisfy Las Vegas. While this was seemingly unexpected, especially in some of the lower tier games, it does illustrate an interestin... Read Full Story