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Tigers Back on Track

By on January 23rd, 2018 in Basketball, News 2 Comments »

Bryce Brown scored 28 points to lead Tigers over Georgia (photo: Julie Bennett /

Make no mistake, the defeat by Bama last Tuesday was disheartening. Auburn was riding the nation’s longest winning streak and playing a Bama team missing one of the SEC’s best players. They dropped the contest in Coleman Coliseum and did so in a messy affair that made the Tigers look the part of one of the nation’s youngest teams. 

On Saturday the Tigers welcomed their other traditional rival, the Georgia Bulldogs (12–6, 3–4) into Auburn Arena to play in front of a packed house. Early in the game, the fans were treated to much the same show that they saw early in the week. The Tigers couldn’t buy a bucket, and UGA jumped on Auburn and led by as many as 16 points just before half. And, the Dogs did it with Auburn limiting senior forward Yante Maten to just a pair of buckets, a solid feat against a player who averages nearly 20 points a contest.

However, just as the Tigers have done multiple times this season, Auburn showed that it is a second-half adjustment team that goes on can’t-miss streaks. 

Auburn erased Georgia’s 14-point halftime lead and rolled to a 14-point win as Bryce Brown piled up 28 points on 5–9 three-point shooting, including a critical three-point play on a steal. It was Mustpha Heron’s steal, dish to Jared Harper, and then a no-look feed on the baseline back to Heron, who tomahawked it home to finally take the lead 43–41. The Jungle went absolutely bonkers, and Auburn rolled. Heron bounced back in a big way from perhaps his worst game against Bama to kick in 14 points.

Perhaps the biggest return was Anfernee McLemore, who after struggling the last few games to be relevant, was up to his old blocklemore ways, adding three more swats for the Tigers. That puts the young player up to 55 total for the year, ranking him 14th in the nation. He also kicked in ten points and a steal. Jared Harper did the remainder of the damage with thirteen points, making him the fourth player in double figures. 

The Tigers hit an astounding 21 of 23 free-throws while hitting nearly 40 percent of the long balls. Offensive rebounds remain huge for second attempts, and the Tigers grabbed nine.

After a poor first half showing Yante Maten led the Dogs in defeat and ended up with 17 points. The Tigers took a 79–65 win. 

Missouri is up next for Auburn. The Tigers on Tigers matchup goes down in Mizzou Arena on Wednesday. Missouri is 13–6 overall and 3–3 in conference play. The black and gold Tigers are coming off a thumper of a loss to Texas A&M just days after a great win against 23rd ranked Tennessee. Yet the ESPN Matchup Predictor gives Mizzou a 60 percent chance to win the game against the 14th ranked Auburn Tigers.

Mizzou is led by a tandem of players in Kassius Robertson and Jordan Barnett, who are good for 15 and 14 points per game. Both of the seniors hit over 40 percent of their long balls and Barnett, the forward, hits 90 percent of his free throws, so Auburn can’t afford to put either him or Robertson, who hits over 80 percent, on the line. 

This game will be played at 8:00 PM central on the SEC Network. Make sure to follow me as I live tweet game action @Best5Zach

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Monday Musings from The Plains

By on January 22nd, 2018 in Basketball, News 5 Comments »

From a hot basketball team to a new Auburn Athletic Director to where Auburn stands in recruiting and more in this edition of Monday Musings.

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Alabama Ends Auburn’s Winning Streak

By on January 18th, 2018 in Basketball, News 7 Comments »
667_a220180117__ala_bkc_aub__042__vh It was a clunker of a game by the Auburn Tigers, no doubt about it. Auburn traveled to Tuscaloosa to take on an Alabama team that has largely underachieved this year under Avery Johnson but was still viewed by most basketball aficionados as a bubble team for the NCAA tournament. On the other hand, the Tigers were regarded as on... Read Full Story

Auburn Hires New AD

Auburn Hires New Athletics Director

New AD to replace Jay Jacobs

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A Critical Time to be Searching for Offensive Line Coach at Auburn – (Update: Grimes Returns)

By on January 17th, 2018 in Football, News 10 Comments »
635941715050755674-83d8add3-2f4b-4f7f-a3d2-654a1bd1f7b6 Auburn assistant coach Herb Hand is leaving the Plains for the brown, brown grass of Texas. It was announced on Tuesday that the offensive line coach will join the Longhorns as co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.While coaching turnover is part of the game, the timing of this move is not good for the Tigers with ju... Read Full Story

The Passing of a College Football Icon

By on January 16th, 2018 in Memories, News 5 Comments »

When great moments in the sport are remembered Keith Jackson’s voice is remembered more than any other. From the Iron Bowl to the Rose Bowl, he called them all including Bear Bryant’s last Iron Bowl game in 1982. Check out this video tribute to Jackson's life and career. It's a must see story for all sports fans. We include it here for our readers.

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It Feels Good to be in First Place … Auburn Basketball is Fun Again!

By on January 15th, 2018 in Basketball, News 7 Comments »
Bryce Brown (2) celebrates the win. 
Tennessee vs Auburn in Auburn, Ala. on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2016. 
Zach Bland/Auburn Athletics After starting the season with a 12–1 record, Auburn basketball received little attention from the national media. That’s changed now that the Tigers (16–1) possess the nation’s longest winning streak and are sitting in first place in the SEC with a 4–0 mark. And as Coach Pearl said Saturday, “It sure does feel good ... Read Full Story

The Defensive Year That Was

By on January 11th, 2018 in Football 5 Comments »
Defensive Review A year of passes defended!(John Reed-USA TODAY Sports)     War Eagle, everybody. It's time now to look back on a year that had its spectacular moments and its disappointments. I think going into this past season, most of us fans were looking to see 9 or 10 wins, or else a staff of coaches was going to get sent packing ... Read Full Story

What Can Auburn Fans Expect from Asa Martin: A Scouting Report

By on January 10th, 2018 in Football, News 7 Comments »

Asa Martin may be Auburn's highest-rated recruit this cycle and fills an immediate need at Auburn. What can fans expect?

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Auburn Extends Winning Streak

By on January 10th, 2018 in Basketball 4 Comments »
usa_today_10496083.0 Auburn overcame a 45–35 halftime deficit to remain unbeaten in the SEC and extend its winning streak to 13 games with an 85–70 victory over Ole Miss. The win also snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Rebels that dates back to the 2011–2012 season.With a top-25 ranking, the target is now on Auburn's back. Even with adve... Read Full Story

“Worst Case Scenario” Ends The 2017 Football Season

By on January 9th, 2018 in Football 18 Comments »
e5b5f92490fa7a347068c096d350a7be--auburn-game-auburn-football The 2018 football season has ended about as painlessly as ripping off that band-aid you’ve avoided doing for so long. The other team in the state of Alabama won its 17th national championship (by its measurement).  Georgia made a run for the ages and went through all of the proper playoff protocol—winning the SEC East, ... Read Full Story

Tigers Earn National Respect

By on January 9th, 2018 in Basketball, News 2 Comments »
Bruce-Pearl-Dakota-Sumpter-Auburn-Athletics-UConn_lnghjq For a stretch of two or three weeks, it seemed like the moment would never come. The wins were piling up but Auburn basketball was not receiving any national attention outside of the passing comments of how good this team could be with the two suspended players. After all, it was the team across the state that was garnering all ... Read Full Story

Monday Musings From The Plains

By on January 8th, 2018 in Football, News 16 Comments »
-1082a2621a041f29 What is normally a day of high interest in college football is a complete downer for many Auburn fans. It’s discouraging to have to watch the school’s two biggest rivals play for a national championship. It’s a feeling only exacerbated by the fact Auburn dismantled both of those teams in dominating wins during the regular ... Read Full Story

Unfinished Business

By on January 6th, 2018 in Football, News 11 Comments »

So now, the “unfinished business” is all on Auburn. You have a starting quarterback returning, some really decent recruits already signed (some of whom were able to participate in bowl practices), and some who are committed but not yet signed. Additionally, on the unfinished business list is the hiring of an athletic director to …

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Auburn Softball News and Notes

By on January 6th, 2018 in News, Other Sports, Softball 1 Comment »
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Auburn softball vs Georgia on Friday, April 22, 2016 in Auburn, Ala.  
Photo by Wade Rackley/Auburn Athletics

Auburn softball hits the diamond for practice this week. Check out some of the latest news on recruiting, signing, and future games.

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Bruce Pearl Breaks the Streaks vs the Vols

By on January 4th, 2018 in Basketball, News 7 Comments »
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Auburn has been largely ignored in college basketball ranks despite having one of the longest winning streaks in the country. That likely ended with a statement win against Pearl's old team as the Tigers knocked off the No.23 Vols in a convincing 94–84 win.

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What Can Auburn Fans Expect from Joey Gatewood: A Scouting Report

By on January 4th, 2018 in Football, News 16 Comments »

Joey Gatewood was Auburn's crown jewel for the first early recruiting period. What can fans expect from the dual-threat quarterback? Here are Zach's thoughts.

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What’s Ailing the Auburn Offense?

By on January 3rd, 2018 in Football 7 Comments »

Auburn looked lost and unprepared, once again after a layoff. And despite receiving a massive contract, coach Malzahn turned in the biggest clunker of his career.

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A Bitter End to a Remarkable Season

By on January 3rd, 2018 in Football 44 Comments »
burkett The season ends with a whimper. The team didn’t want to be there, and neither did the fans—even the ones that showed up to the game. It was pretty apparent from the minute I entered the gates which side was more grateful to be in the building that day.And frankly, I can’t blame Auburn fans. This was a season that could hav... Read Full Story

Kerryon Johnson Has Made His Decision

By on January 2nd, 2018 in Football, News 8 Comments »

KJ, you will always be an Auburn Man! (Updated to include the decisions of C. Davis, K. Pettway, and Jeff Holland.)

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Tigers Fall Flat in Atlanta (Grading Auburn’s 34–27 loss to Central Florida)

By on January 2nd, 2018 in Football 33 Comments »
Peach Final

War Eagle everybody. It’s time now for the Acid Reign Report on Auburn’s disappointing 34–27 loss to Central Florida in the Peach Bowl. Not since 2007, when Auburn dropped a 26–23 decision to South Florida in a late game at Jordan Hare Stadium, has Auburn lost to a team not currently in a Power Five conference. I suppose one could try to salve yesterday’s pain by saluting UCF as the only unbeaten team in the bowl subdivision. For this Auburn Tiger, it was a sad day where the Auburn football program dropped the ball in numerous ways.

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