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Monday Musings from The Plains

By on January 22nd, 2018 in Basketball, News 6 Comments »

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It’s a great time to be watching Auburn basketball.

Auburn fans had to wonder how Auburn basketball would respond after a disappointing road loss in Tuscaloosa. But it appears it was just a speed bump on the way toward what looks like a probable berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers rebounded in a big way dominating their oldest rival, the Georgia Bulldogs 79–65 Saturday night.

After falling behind by 14 at the half Auburn came storming back, going on a 31–4 run led by Bryce Brown. Scoring 25 of his 28 points in the second half, he’s been the catalyst to Auburn’s making four double-digit comebacks in SEC play this season. Bruce Pearl gave the junior high praise after the game. “Bryce Brown has gone from one of the best defensive guards in the league to being one of the best guards in the league.”

Even with Brown leading the way, it was a team effort as the Tigers forced 19 turnovers that led to 27 points. The Tigers now lead the league in steals at 14 per game. And once again, Auburn was hot at the foul line, hitting 21 of 23 free throws.

It was another fun game to witness. UGA coach Mark Fox said the crowd was a big factor in disrupting the Dogs’ play as the Auburn Arena was absolutely rocking. If you haven’t been to a basketball game this year, you owe it to yourself to attend.

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New Auburn Athletic Director

It’s a new day for Auburn athletics as Auburn welcomed Allen Greene, Jay Jacobs’ replacement, in a press conference Friday. The 40-year-old former Notre Dame baseball star and University of Buffalo AD was full of hope and enthusiasm as he addressed a room full of supporters.

“Our quest for championships will be unwavering,” said Greene. “Our mission is to provide you as student-athletes and our coaches every opportunity to win conference and [national] championships.”

One of the first things on his plate will be assessing whether the school needs to build a new standalone football facility to keep from falling behind in the arms race.

By all accounts he won the press conference, now we get to see if he can keep Auburn on an upward path in the arms race and in winning championships. It’s a bigger stage than he’s ever been on before but those who know him well, say he’s up to the challenge.

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I’ve always been a fan of

Auburn analyst and former offensive coordinator Al Borges. His impact on the 2004 undefeated team is unquestioned. That team’s entire backfield was first-round draft picks. It was good to see him be named the offensive coordinator at UTSA. 

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Recruiting

With less than two weeks to National Signing Day, Auburn’s 2018 class is ranked at No. 3 in the SEC and No. 10 nationally. Thus far the Tigers have 15 signees and seven verbal commitments. However, there are a couple of spots that need shoring up, most notably the secondary and the offensive line.

With the graduation of four seniors and only two offensive line signees so far in this class, Auburn needs to sign at least a couple more linemen. A good prospect could be OT Dylan Wonnum, from Tucker, GA. And on the defensive side of the ball, Auburn has interest in four star cornerback Taiyon Palmer from Lawrenceville, GA. We’ll try to keep you posted here at Track ‘Em Tigers on developments on these and other prospects in the final days leading up to National Signing Day.

As usual Atl_AU_Fan will have an open thread up on that morning. So be sure to check in with us and join the discussion as the National Letters of Intent coming faxing in to the athletic office. Until next time …

War Eagle!

6 Comments

  1. GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

    Yep, it's a great time to be watching the Tigers. I got a couple of tickets from a friend and what fun it was – 2nd half was electric! Tigers fell to No.19 after the bama loss but still are highest ranked SEC team. Here's to hoping they go all the way to winning the SEC.

  2. WarSamEagle WarSamEagle says:

    The more I read about Allen Green the more I like the hire. He looks like a man with a lot of energy. I’m hopeful he can bring new positives to Auburn athletics.

  3. audude audude says:

    I echo ATM’s comment ” you owe it to yourself to go see” this team is the most exciting team I’ve seen since the round mound of rebound roamed the plains. I like college basketball. This team is fun to watch.

    WDE

  4. auhousefly auhousefly says:

    I believe Bryce scored 25 in the second half matching Uga’s total.

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      I believe your right Housefly… he did put up '25' in the second half. I've made the edit.

      Thanks for the catch.