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I Believe In Auburn and … I Believe In Auburn Basketball

By on January 24th, 2018 in Basketball, News 26 Comments »

Auburn bench celebrates a basket during the Tigers comeback victory over Georgia Jan. 20, 2018 (photo: Julie Bennett/al.com)

In speaking with reporters Tuesday at the Senior Bowl, Auburn Coach Gus Malzahn announced the date for the start of spring practice. And for the second consecutive year the Tigers will begin practice in February with the finish coming at the April 7 A-Day game.

Normally I get excited when Auburn announces the date of spring football. However, with the basketball team undefeated at home and on a tear in its SEC schedule, all my interest is focused on whenever the Tigers take the court. 

Not since the days that Cliff Ellis roamed the sidelines (1994–2004) has there been so much excitement around the roundball sport on the Plains. Ellis won an SEC Tournament Championship and took the Tigers to three NIT’s and three NCAA Tournaments, reaching the sweet sixteen twice.

But he did it with players like Wesley Person, Doc Robinson and SEC Player of the Year Chris Porter. There are no stars like that on this undersized Auburn team. And that’s one of the things that make following this bunch so exciting. The fans recognize that and have made the Auburn Arena a very difficult place for opponents—a true jungle of horrors.

In addition, no Auburn coach has ever connected with the fans like Bruce Pearl. His persona has as much to do with the rocking Arena as the performance of his team. He’s one part coach, one part showman, one part cheerleader, and one part magician. That’s a combination that has made him probably the most popular Auburn basketball coach ever, at least with the students.

Pearl started this year with a depleted bench but has made a believer out of not only Tiger fans but those opponents who have fallen in the wake of Auburn basketball’s resurgence.

It’s hard to temper my enthusiasm for what we are witnessing. I know with the Tigers at 17–2 overall and 5–1 in the SEC, there’s still a lot of basketball left to play, but don’t wake me up from this dream just yet. I want to see the Tigers repay the Tide when they come to the Arena February 21. I want to see Bruce Pearl cutting down the net after winning a championship. And I want to see Auburn return to the Big Dance.

Lofty dreams? Yes, but I believe in Auburn and …

I believe in Auburn Basketball!

26 Comments

  1. GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

    The possibility of an SEC Championship, who would have thought it?

    Good article ATM!

  2. audude audude says:

    Well written ATM. Thanks for keeping me informed of AU round ball!

    WDE

  3. hello2196 says:

    I believe – I believe!

  4. ABQA says:

    Everyone needs to let the AU President and new Athletics Director know that Coach Pearl is not a scapegoat pawn. If he is fired AU basketball will never recover. He is the best Ambassador that Auburn has every had. I believe in Coach Pearl !

  5. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..I have to stick with Pearl, as well. We can’t get rid of this man!

  6. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Midway thru the first half, Auburn leads, 17-15. But the Tigers have been called for seven fouls…

  7. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …Five minutes left in the half. Auburn holds a 31-25 lead in Columbia!

  8. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Auburn Tigers hanging tough! They lead Mizzou in Columbia, 41-36 at the half!

  9. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Tigers putting the pop on, at Mizzou! Auburn leads, 70-54, with about 8 minutes left!

  10. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Mizzou looks tired. Auburn is converting running layups, at will! War Eagle!

  11. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Laid up, and INNNN! Mustapha Heron gives Auburn a 74-54 lead, with 7:08 left!!!!!

  12. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….Jarred Harper FOULED, with 2:27 left. Auburn trying to hang on, up 82-67!

  13. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….We have 17 seconds left, and Auburn leads 89-73, and is fouled in transition!

  14. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Foul at your own risk, Mizzou. Auburn is deadly at the line, this year!

  15. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..It is OVER! Auburn picks up a BIG road win in Columbia! Auburn 91, Missouri 73! War Eagle!

  16. hello2196 says:

    I BELIEVE, I BELIEVE, I BELIEVE !!!

    WDE !!!

  17. aubieg says:

    Did everyone hear the home team chanting FBI, FBI during the game. Similar to this years football game in Columbia. As we walked to the stadium fans were chanting Roll Tide to us…. Pathetic really. Having visited every SEC campus numerous time (Mercy I miss Gainesville), it is my opinion that Mizzou is has the worst facilities of all the SEC. Great Article ATM. I always enjoy your thoughts.

    • audad says:

      Living in the St. Louis area, I was able to make the football game last fall in Columbia but unfortunately not last night’s b’ball game. Would have been great to see us embarrass one of their athletic teams for the second time in five months. AU teams in recent years would have probably wilted in the 2nd half when Mizzou made their run and got within 1 and had the crowd really into it. Not this group. They promptly went on a nice run to put the game away and silence the annoying student section. Was good to see the place empty with a few minutes left. Just like the football stadium was last Sept. for most of the 4th qtr. Will look forward to Cole’s column on last night’s game. Would imagine he was there.

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      Appreciate that AUbieg.
      Glad you take the time to stop by and read TET..

  18. sparkey sparkey says:

    I have been thrilled to be wrong about this team. You can never truly measure a team’s heart. They make up for any weakness they have through hustle mainly.

  19. BirminghamEagle says:

    Exciting bunch, big heart, never to yield!
    Good read ATM.

  20. AtkinsonTiger AtkinsonTiger says:

    Good stuff. .. WDE!

  21. AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

    Thanks to all for the kind words and I hope Bruce Pearl takes them all the way to The Dance.

  22. easyedwin easyedwin says:

    Please make the NCAA tournament!!
    That is all.

  23. ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

    We have football friends with whom we tailgate that could not attend last night. So the wife and I used their tickets and, my gosh, what a game to behold!!

  24. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..The game was a ton of fun to watch. Someone evidently told the LSU brain trust that Auburn had a lot of hot dogs that like to throw up threes, or drive thru traffic. LSU went with a 1-3-1 zone trap plan, to try and trap/double-team the Auburn man on the dribble. Auburn consistently beat that press, and found the open man for easy baskets. It was a great team effort, and showed good unselfish play.