Attack the Aggies! (Auburn vs. New Mexico State Open Thread)
Tigers must be on upset alert against this team
(Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports)
War Eagle, everybody! Today marks Auburn’s first game in the 2019 NCAA basketball tournament. Auburn drew a 5 seed in the Midwest bracket, and will face the New Mexico State Aggies in Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. This arena is the home of the Utah Jazz NBA franchise, and NBA players regularly complain about the lack of air in this venue as it is located more than 4200 feet above sea level.
I know that the naysayers will laugh about an apparent Auburn issue playing at altitude and will mention that New Mexico State has to play in it, too. Folks, the Aggie home court is located in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and it is 4,300 plus feet above sea level. These guys practice and play in that environment nearly every day. It’s a huge advantage. Also, Salt Lake city is a long way from Alabama. I would point out that it’s also a really difficult drive from Las Cruses through a lot of switchback Rocky Mountain roads. The Aggie home is in south central New Mexico, they have to drive from there through the Four Corners area just to get to Utah, and Salt Lake is in the northern end of the state. This whole area is very rugged and beautiful. I’ve only seen it out of airplane windows.
Auburn won the SEC tournament due to depth, having to play 4 games in 4 days. Depth won’t save Auburn against New Mexico State. Those guys regularly play 13 men. The real hope is that the Aggies do not regularly play against players that have the size and speed Auburn’s guys do. Auburn was quicker than every SEC team it faced in Nashville in the SECt tournament, and I’m hoping that New Mexico State will have a hard time adapting as well.
The game tips off at 12:30 PM, Central Daylight Time, in Salt Lake City, Utah. It will be televised on the TNT network. That’s channel 781 if you have a Charter/Spectrum box. Not sure about other TV providers. If you have to stream it, your best bet is March Madness Live. I will be here, running an open thread. This will not be a strict play-by-play as there is no way I can type as fast as Auburn runs the offense! I will more be exclaiming on big plays, relating the score, and doing color commentary. War Eagle, and let’s smash those Aggies!
…..I got to scope out a little of Kansas and Northeastern. Kansas doesn’t look like a big team, nor particularly fast. Neither team was shooting well, but Kansas was at least making their layups.
…..War Eagle! Auburn moves on to the field of 32, Saturday.
…..And now we await a game time for Saturday. Hopefully an afternoon or evening game, for my sake.
…..Foul trouble, turnovers at the end. not great shooting, not sure how we held on, really.
That was painful. Going to have to take better care of the ball and grab some more rebounds next game.
…..Auburn survives, because the Aggies shot blanks in the final seconds.
…..Inbounds to wide open three from Brown, air-ball! Auburn wins!
…..Aggies will inbound, probably right at the basketball rim.
…..Reviewing who touched the ball last. I can’t see them reversing that one, on replay.
….Nailbiter. 78-77 Auburn, 1.1 seconds left.
….No good! And they foul, no call, out of bounds on Auburn.
……Second shot is good. One point game.
…..First is no good!
We’ve done everything I can think of the last few minutes to lose this game. Let’s see if it works.
…..Terrell Brown can win it for the Aggies, as Auburn has really come apart down the stretch.
…….Bryce Brown fouls, 1.1 seconds left. They put Brown on the line, 80 percent free throw shooter, and he’ll get three for the win.
…..Second shot. He rolls it in! 78-76.
…..Doughty at the line. Off the front of the rim, no good.
…..Purifoy to inbound. To Doughty, fouled with only a fraction of a second ran off the clock.
…..That’s it for the Aggies. One Auburn timeout remains.
Timeout Aggies, 77-76.
…… Pressing, They bury a 3 with 6 seconds left. Why were we pressing, and not defending the three point shot?
….Can make it a 4 point game. DOES!
…..Harris shoots it up, and good. Second shot, missed! McCormick with the rebound, and is fouled with 12 seconds left. 75-73 TIgers.
….Harper has fouled out.
….Pressure, Harper fouls in the backcourt, 14 seconds left.
…..Second by Okeke, is good! 75-72 Tigers!
…..First is GOOD!
…..Okeke will get a one and one.
…..Okeke is fouled by McCants, with 15 seconds left.
….Queen for three, nailed it. One point game.
…..Aggies will dump it inside, and hope for another foul.
…..Auburn calls time, one left for each team.
…..Aggie ball, with 41 seconds left. They trail by 4.
….They will review, but I think Harper touched it last.
…..Okeke, to Harper, fumbled out of bounds.
…..McCants will shoot two. Missed the first! Second… good. 73-69.
…..Purifoy in for Spencer.
…..Here’s Lob to McCants, fouled by Spencer. And he’s out of the game.
…..Deflected back out by Doughty on the inbounds.
…..Bounced in to Harper, falls down, turnover.
…..This ball NEEDS to be thrown in to Harper or Doughty, not Spencer. Needs to be a shooter, because they will foul.
…..Laid in easily by Harris, and they call time with 49 seconds left. 73-68, Auburn.
…..Spencer with a one and one. 56 seconds left. Missed the front end.
…..Lobbed to Spencer, and he’s fouled immediately. Not a great choice on the inbound.
…..Tigers under pressure, leading 73-66.
…..1 minute left, and they travel!
…..Harper shoves a defender down, and it is a turnover. Plus, that’s Harper’s fourth.
….Full court pressure. Running the clock. Drives, kicks it out, to Harper, laid up, no good, and they miss the three.
…..McCants hits the second. 73-66.
…..Missed the first.
…..Missed the jump hook, and Spencer called for another foul, his 4th.
…..Free throw, banged in, 73-65 Tigers!
…..McCants with the foul, his third.
…..McCormick goes baseline, banks it in, AND an Aggie foul!
…..2:38 remaining. Free throws rattled in, it is 70-65, Auburn up the court.
…..McCormick called for a foul in the paint.
…..Aggies will inbound, no pressure.
……And Brown called for a charge.
…..Steal by Spencer, and Auburn will run clock.
….Steal, and then Auburn turns it right back over.
….Okeke misses a quick three.
…..McCants drives uncontested, two points.
…..This has been a tough, tough game. And if Auburn holds on, they likely get Kansas on Saturday.
…..Brown tries to drive, stripped, but out on AUburn. Aggies keep possession. Auburn calls time, with 4:12 left. Tigers lead, 70-61.
…..Harper again, hits this three!
…..Harper wide open, misses, Spencer controls, Okeke misses, and Auburn gets it back.
….Missed from the baseline, spencer with the block on the other end!
…..Queen buries a 3 on the other end. Lead has shrunk to 67-61.
…..12 second to shoot. Harper from way outside, no good.
…..Deflected ball, back to Auburn.
…..Lob to Okeke, stolen away. Easy layup.
…..Rattles in the first. And the second is good.
67-54 Auburn, with a TV timeout. Aggies will shoot a one + one, when we return.
…..Offensive board, and Purifoy reaches over and gets another quick foul.
…..Purifoy gets a wide-open layup, on the other end!
…..13 point lead. McCants beats Purifoy off the dribble, easy layup.
…..Brown for THREEEEEEE!
…..Dunbar misses, Bryce Brown with the rebound!
…..Second shot good. 62-52 Tigers.
…..At the line, Brown for a one and one. First is good.
…..And Purifoy called for a foul, his first.
……Harper stays in, with 3 fouls. Harper off a screen, three on the way, GOOD!
…..Brown at the line, hits both. 59-50, Auburn.
….Aggies inbound with 22 to shoot. 3 rimmed out, and Harper is called for a foul, and I’m not sure about that one. 3rd for Harper, away from the ball.
…..Auburn really needs Purifoy and Wiley to defend, for the next 5 minutes or so. The Aggies really want to get the ball to the lane, and Auburn has to stop it.
…..11 point lead, 59-48, and the Aggies call time, with 9:15 left in the game!
…..Harper for three, got it!
…..Missed running, rebound Wiley.
…..Purifoy for three misses, Dunbar tipped it around, Aggies control.
….And Queen answers, 56-48, Auburn.
……McCormick, a THREE!
…..Atmosphere? No way Harper and Brown miss 4 in a row at the charity stripe.
….Second, rims out.
…..So, it was not on the coach. Harper with the T, and missed it. Wow.
Aggies have certainly seemed to get away with more contact than us.
…..They are going a lot harder for rebounds, than Auburn is. It had to catch up to them, eventually.
Ha! Chuaha finally got called for a foul down low, then also got t’d up for running his mouth.
…..Tigers with a great chance to push this game back out to double digits. I can’t understand what the coach was upset by. That was an easy foul to call, hammering an Auburn man in the back.
…..Chuaha with a foul under the basket, and the Aggie coach comes out to the middle of the court, and called for a T!!!
….McCormick in the lane, puts it in!
…..Auburn looks gassed.
…..Blocked three, Aggies go the other way, easy layup.
…..And Okeke called for a foul, Dunbar replaces him.
…..Threes made on both ends. 51-43, Auburn.
…..Auburn starting to get in foul trouble in the paint. Spencer and McLemore both have 3, Wiley has 2.
…..Missed three, Auburn’s ball.
…..Spencer out, Wiley in.
…..Missed the front end. Doughty’s second shot is rattling out, too. Horace with a third quick foul.
…..Doughty fouled going to the hoop.
…..48-40, Auburn leads with 14 minutes left in the game.
….Aurrecoechea at the line to try for a three-point-play. Up and good.
…..And the Aggies run the floor, lay it in, and Spencer picks up his second foul.
…..Missed three, Brown, will miss on the other end.
…..Doughty, BURIES the three!
…..Thrown away under pressure! Nice trap by Auburn!
…..We have to keep turning them over. So far, the shooting is still cold for the Tigers.
Excellent start to the 2nd half.
…..Brown with a three, missed. Okeke whistled again. Now has 2 fouls.
…..At the line, Queen. Will hit. Second shot, good. 8 point game.
…..Feeds Dunbar, 3 pointer no. Okeke called for a foul.
…..Easy layup over Spencer.
…..Harris on the hard foul. Brown at the line, missed it. Auburn leads, 45-33.
….Stolen by Bryce Brown, drives, lays it in, and he’s fouled!
…..Chuaha called for the foul. Okeke is up, and good! 43-33!
…..Press, took a lot of time. Okeke drives, laid it in, and fouled!
…..Dunbar with good defense, forced the backcourt drive out of bounds!
…..Inbounds stolen, Stolen, Harper drives, and lays it in! 40-33 Tigers!
…..Dunbar called for a foul, his first.
…..McLemore hacks ’em on the arm, will have to come out. Spencer comes in. 3 fouls on McLemore.
…..Harper fires for three, misses. Rebound Aggies.
……And a turnover, Henry stepped on the line!
….35-33 Auburn. Brown, BURIES a sideways three!
….Jump hook over McLemore, good.
….Rejected a shot, McLemore called for goaltending. Dunbar with a 3!
…..Aggies will inbound, as we start the second half. Auburn is in man.
….Auburn leads the turnover battle, 8-4.
…..Auburn leading in most statistical categories, except for rebounding. Aggies hold a 20-14 advantage, there. Aggies started hot-shooting, but went cold, finishing 11 of 27 from the field. Auburn is 11 of 28. Auburn has not missed a free throw, going 7-7. Aggies have missed a couple, 5-7.
……Long three at the buzzer, short. Auburn leads at the half, 32-29!
…..5 seconds left. Okeke is up and good. Second shot, good! 32-29.
….Clock under ten. Okeke takes it to the rim, misses, but will go to the line.
….Chuaha with an easy layup, the Auburn lead has shrunk to 30-29.
…..Clock under a minute in the first half. Okeke misses a long three, and Brown misses from right in front of the basket.
…..Shot missed, rebound DOughty.
…..Harris is up and good, will get another free throw.
…..And McLemore with the foul, his second.
…..Long two, no, Auburn cold right now.
…..Second is good, as well. 30-26 Auburn lead, with 1:59 left in the half.
…..Brown rimmed up, and in.
…..Aggies Brown will shoot the one and one.
Brown couldnt throw it in the lake so far.
…..Several collisions under the basket, and officials reviewing. I think they get Doughty for blocking, hopefully not a flagrant. Tigers cling to a 30-24 lead.
….Brown shoots an air ball from behind the arc.
….Laid it in over Brown, 30-24.
….Second shot is up and good! Auburn leads, 30-22 with under 4 minutes in the half.
….Make that Brown, with the free throws. Up and good!
…..McCants with the foul, Auburn is in the bonus. McLemore will shoot a one and one.
…..A bad pass, and the ball goes back to the Aggies.
….Brown from way outside, rebound McCants, stepped on the line, turns it over to Auburn!
…..McCants hits the free throw, and now it is 28-22 Auburn.
…..3 straight offensive rebounds, they get a layup, and a foul on top. Auburn just not rebounding well.
…..Wiley called for a foul under the basket, over the top.
…..Auburn leads, 28-19, with a chance to take a double digit lead!
…..Missed three, and we get a foul away from the basket. On the Aggies! TV timeout, this time.
…..Okeke left wide open, nails the three!
…..Blocked shot by Spencer, then the rebound.
…..Aggies will inbound, trailing 25-19.
…..6:22 left in the half. Auburn is up by six.
…..Aggies call timeout.
…..Purifoy with a layup! They are just conceding the lane, trying to prevent Auburn from putting up 3’s.
…..Another flurry of offensive rebounds, but the Aggies can’t score, Auburn goes the other way.
…..No over and back call? Another missed 3. McCormick gets it to the lane, but misses a layup in traffic.
…..A steal, and McCormick with an easy layup!
…..Missed a three, and McLemore called for a foul, a 4th.
…..Brown misses a jumper, it goes the other way.
…..Reviewing. McCormick did back into it a bit. Common foul on the Aggies, it is ruled, their 5th.
…..That has to be a flagrant foul, right?
…..A big foul, on the Aggies on a rebound! Climbed over McCormick’s back!
…..Second shot, good! Auburn leads, 21-19.
….Dunbar will shoot 2. First is good!
…..Dunbar drives, misses the shot, but a foul called.
9:27 left in the first half.
…..Three offensive rebounds, missed shots, and Auburn has it! Game tied at 19.
Aggies won’t shoot 80% from the field the whole game. The fact that we are tied is encouraging.
….Floater by McCormick, good! Stolen by Brown, a 3, no.
…..First miss, over the backboard to Auburn. Aggies are 7-9 from the floor.
…..Harper takes a seat.
….McCormic with the reverse layup! Harper with a second foul.
Yes! Need to put it in the paint with Wiley and Okeke more.
…..And they answer with a three.
…..Wiley inside, laid it in! 16-15, Aggies.
…..Auburn trails, 16-13.
…..Doughty tripped and hits the deck. No call? Timeout Auburn.
…..Alley-oop dunk for the Aggies.
…..Harper will shoot, and score! 14-13.
…..Harper drives, hammered, foul.
…..Shot clock violation by the Aggies. Good thing, too. They are 6 of 7 shots from the floor. Auburn trails, 14-10, and has the ball.
…..Wiley banks one it! 14-10.
…..They bank in a 3, with the buzzer going off. 12-8 Aggies, a missed 3, and another fast break layup.
…..Brown from the back side, laid it in!
…..Another turnover. Brown gets it stolen away, Spencer with the block, and a bad goaltending call. 9-6 Aggies.
….Doughty off the bench, misses a layup.
…..Auburn missing shots, but good defense forces another turnover.
….Tigers trail, 7-6, at the first TV timeout.
…..gave up another layup, then a missed 3 by Brown. However, the Aggies called for their first foul.
…..Brown hits a 3, and a foul on Horace Spencer. Illegal screen, take the points off the board.
……Okeke, with the THREE! Nice assist by Harper. 6-4 AUburn!
….And Dunbar throws it away.
….Shot clock winds down, and the Aggies throw it away!
…..McLemore for 3! 4-3 Aggies.
…..A layup by the Aggies, 4-0 lead.
…..Tigers have missed 2 wide open layups, but a steal. Then an air-ball 3 by Dunbar.
….Jump hook, and NMSt leads 2-0.
….And missed the layup.
…..We tip it off, and Auburn controls.
Excited about this team! We are playing really well at just the right time. Hopefully that travels to Utah. With our D, I think we win if we get to 65.
…..And we are live! We’re about 30 minutes from tipoff, and I can hear the Auburn pep band tuning up. This is an interesting arena, with tons of video boards.
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