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Crush the Cavaliers! (Auburn vs. Virginia, Final Four Open Thread)

By on April 6th, 2019 in Basketball Comments Off on Crush the Cavaliers! (Auburn vs. Virginia, Final Four Open Thread)

This is rarefied air for the Auburn Tigers!

     War Eagle, everybody! For the first time in Auburn history, Auburn will play a 5th game in the NCAA basketball tournament. Auburn will face the number-one seeded Virginia Cavaliers in US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN in the Final Four. The winner goes on to the national title game.

     Virginia is a great shooting team that likes to milk possessions down to the end of the shot clock and limit opponent’s opportunities. Auburn faced a team like this earlier in the season and lost both games to Ole Miss. On defense, Virginia runs the notorious Pack-Line defense, designed to protect the rim and limit three-point shots. Where it is weak is protecting drives off the dribble, and Auburn has one of the best point guards in the country in Jared Harper at doing that. I expect that the Cavs will have to adapt and try to double-team Harper. The key for Auburn is going to be passing the ball to secondary offensive players and knocking down open shots.

     This game tips off at 5:09 PM, Central Daylight Time, in Minneapolis. It will be televised on CBS. 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 its offense! I will more be exclaiming on big plays, relating the score, and doing color commentary. War Eagle, and let’s beat the Cavs!

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…..War Eagle, and to all a good night! It is great to be an Auburn Tiger!

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…..My hat is off to the greatest Auburn basketball team in history.

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…..I can’t be too sad. We were in the Final Four, with a team no one thought could do it.

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…..In defense of the ref, there was slight contact. Certainly not foul-worthy, though.

Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger April 6, 20198:23 pm

What a great year for our team. So very proud of them!

Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger April 6, 20198:22 pm

Terrible to be robbed by officials. Game should not have come down to officials. Even if it was reversed and UVa was the one robbed. Terrible, just terrible job by the refs!

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…..Lost connectivity. Auburn was called for a foul at the end, and 3 free throws by Virginia win it, 63-62. Terrible call, on the foul.

Squeakywheel April 6, 20198:11 pm

Wow

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20 seconds remain, Auburn has it, shot clock is off, and it is 59-57 Tigers!

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…..Auburn calls time, as a jump ball was coming!

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…..Clock winding down. Jerome, misses! Auburn has it!

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……Brown for three, misses badly.

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…..Missed a three, Purifoy with the board!

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59-57.

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…..2 minutes left. Harper for threee, GOOOOOD!

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…..MIssed ’em both, Auburn up the floor.

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…..First free throw is missed!

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…..And a foul on Auburn.

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57-56, Cavs.

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…..Purifoy drives, and scores!

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…..Purifoy will inbound.

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…..Blocked shot, to McLemore, to Harper. Blocked, going to the rim.

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…..Brown for THREEEE!

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…..Running clock. Throws one up at the end, and no. Buzzer sounds. Auburn trails, 57-51, and has the ball, with 3:45 remaining.

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…..Bryce Brown for three!

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…..Jerome called for his 4th foul, on Harper. 57-48.

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…..Doughty misses the first, and the second is good.

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…..Doughty fouled, will go to the line.

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….Auburn calls timeout, with 5:14 left, after a Virginia 3. 57-47.

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…..Virginia takes over, blocking another shot. 54-47.

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6:16 left, Auburn trails by 5, and needs a steal.

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…..Harper shoots an airball from downtown out of bounds.

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…..Laid in at the buzzer, Jerome. 52-47, UVa.

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50-47.

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…..MIssed 3, Cavs, to Harper, nailed it!

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50-44.

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…..Second is good.

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….Purifoy misses from the line. Cold shooting, this half.

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…..Purifoy fouled on the drive.

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…..And UVa throws it away!

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…..Time winding down, on the Tigers. 50-43, with 7:52 left.

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…..Purifoy misses.

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…..And another three. Uh oh. 50-43, Cavs.

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…..Brown misses, and it goes the other way.

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…..And UVa gets a wide open three.

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…..Brown for THREE!

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…..A shot clock violation on UVa!

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…..They are gettting too many easy baskets on offense, too.

AUNation AUNation April 6, 20197:31 pm

Man this is a good defensive team. Blocks and steals, they get all ball… I think even some of their few fouls were actually clean.

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…..44-40, Cavs lead and a TV timeout, with 10:39 remaining in the game.

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…..And a foul on Purifoy on the other end.

Squeakywheel April 6, 20197:28 pm

Oy

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…..Purifoy is blocked on the baseline.

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…..Trading inside shots. 42-40, Virginia. Now 44-40, as Guy drills one.

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…..And they get another offensive board, put it in. 38- 36.

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…..Blocked, Doughty lays it in on the other end! Tie game.

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…..Harper for THREE!

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…..Clark will drill both free throws. 36-31, Cavs.

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…..Auburn is just 3 of 19 on three point attempts, for the game. 0 for 8 in the second half.

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…..McLemore called for the hack, and I think that’s 3 on him. Virginia leads, 34-31.

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…..Tipped away, a turnover.

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…..Brown misses a 3, saved by Purifoy, back to the Cavs.

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…..UVa misses, back to Auburn.

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….Dunbar misses another 3.

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…..Purifoy misses, Dunbar rebounds, no, and Auburn comes up dry again.

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…..Cavs on a 6-0 run.

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…..Harper brings it up, and loses the ball, easy layup for Clark on the other end.

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….Hunter blocks Brown on the dunk attempt.

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…..UVa takes a 32-31 lead, Hunter over Purifoy.

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…..Dunbar rims a 3 out.

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…..Hunter missed both. Auburn still leads, 31-30.

AUNation AUNation April 6, 20197:15 pm

Backdoor cuts are killing us.

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…..McLemore called for his second foul. Hunter rims the first out.

WarSamEagle WarSamEagle April 6, 20197:14 pm

How about AU creating some more turn overs too.

AUNation AUNation April 6, 20197:14 pm

Yes, UVa is a ridiculously good defensive team.

Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger April 6, 20197:13 pm

Need Harper to keep trying

Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger April 6, 20197:12 pm

Read before game they’ve been hard to penetare on all year.

AUNation AUNation April 6, 20197:12 pm

Harper started finding some success late, that’s when the fouls evened out some as well.

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…..Penetration has not worked well, thus far. They have 3 guys in the lane, usually.

AUNation AUNation April 6, 20197:11 pm

We’ve been able to drive to the basket, if we can keep them from stuffing the shot back in our faces…

AUNation AUNation April 6, 20197:10 pm

So does Bruce stick with letting them fly and hope the Tigers warm up from behind the arc, or does he start trying to penetrate more like the UK game?

WarSamEagle WarSamEagle April 6, 20197:09 pm

Auburn’s got to get hot with the 3-shot in the second half.

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…..UVa was called for 4 fouls.

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…..Auburn has been called for 5 total, 2 on Harper. That’s not bad, by tournament standards. Auburn had twice that at the half, against Kentucky.

Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger April 6, 20196:57 pm

The fouls scare me and why hasn’t Virginia’s Jerome been called on any? Com’on refs lets not be one-sided.

Squeakywheel April 6, 20196:57 pm

Nothing more demoralizing for the other team

Squeakywheel April 6, 20196:56 pm

Hope the tigers start sinking more 3s

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…..I’m remoting off the laptop, and have made a few typos.

Squeakywheel April 6, 20196:54 pm

Hope they catch on fire in the 2H

Squeakywheel April 6, 20196:54 pm

Glad you can type fast Acid! Auburn looks like they are sleepwalking

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…..Auburn’s play is encouraging, but one big issue is Ty Jerome. That Cav has 13 points, 3 assists and 4 rebounds. Has not been called for a foul.

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…..And it is halftime. Auburn leads, 31-28!

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…..Jerome keeps getting second shots, keeping UVa in it. Auburn leads 31-28, under a minute.

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…..Spencer jumper, Auburn leads!

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…..Missed shot, offensive rebound,3 for Guy. 25-24 Cavs.

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….Clock under 4 minutes in the first half.

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…..Harper drives, and scores! Auburn leads, 24-22!

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…..Virginia with a shot clock violation.

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…..I keep hitting the “q” key, along with the tab, trying to hit tab-enter to post quickly!

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…..Doughty banks it up, blocked.q

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…..And UVa throws it away!

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…..Purifoy drills one, second ties the game!

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….Purifoy fouled, will go to the line.q

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….Doughty bounces in a 3, it’s 22-20.

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…..Auburn trails 20-17, and Doughty fires up an airball, back to Virginia, and a tv timeout. 7:03 left in the first half.

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….Near 10 minutes left in the first half, and Purifoy misses.

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….Auburn continues to miss, and now Virginia leads, 16-13.

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…..Tarheels’ Guy called for a push off!

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…..The biggest worry right now is that 4 different Tigers have been called for fouls. Also, Auburn has 4 turnovers.

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…..Samir Doughty leads all Auburn scorers with 4 points off the bench.

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…..McCormick called for an offensive foul.

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…..Wiley with a block, then Harper gets it stolen. Easy layup, it’s a 13-12 Auburn lead.

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…..Spencer with a steal, then a foul. Ouch.

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…..Auburn leads after a Harper layup! 9-8!

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…..First TV Timeout. It’s 8-7, and Auburn will inbound after an offensive rebound by Horace Spencer.

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…..A barrage of points. Auburn trails, 8-7.

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…..Purifoy with the putback, it’s 3-2.

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…..3-0, with 17:55 left in the half.

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….Cavs take a 2-0 lead, after an Auburn miss. Auburn misses again, Brown in the lane. Dunbar called for a foul.

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…..Auburn will be wearing the navy blue, tonight. Virginia is in white.

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…..Horace Spencer will get a start at forward, in this game, opposite Anthony McLemore.

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…..The anthem is being sung. We are close to tipoff.

Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger April 6, 20195:23 pm

They looked alright on a twitter video dancing around on a golf cart. Hope their stamia can hold true thru out the game.

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…..And we are live! Latest news of note for the Tigers is the health of the guards. Both Jared Harper and Bryce Brown have had to have medication and shots this week, for bad colds/sinus issues. And evidently, backup J’Von McCormick has had a lesser version of this illness. Here’s hoping that Tigers are sufficiently recovered, for this evening’s matchup.

Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger April 6, 20194:44 pm

So excited about this game.
War Eagle!

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