AuburnFamilyNews.com: January 2017

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

2017 Auburn Football National Signing Day Story Stream

Here is your one-stop shop for Auburn's 2017 recruiting class.

It's Signing Day! This will be our signing day headquarters article for all of your needs. This article will be your one-stop shop to quickly click a link to a recruit and read the article on their signing. The information will also all be contained in a story stream for your convenience, too, but it's good to have everything in multiple places!

So, without further ado, here is where to find the info on the newest Auburn Tigers. When a player signs, we'll move his name from "Committed" to "Signed" and link the article. That won't happen until we get the official word that the LOI has been received by Auburn. We don't want repeats of the Byron Cowart saga.

Signed and Enrolled:

4* QB Jarrett Stidham (JUCO)
3* TE Salvatore Cannell (JUCO)
4* LB Kenny Britt
4* ATH Malcolm Askew
4* OG Nick Brahms
3* QB Malik Willis
3* LB Chandler Wooten

Signed:

Committed:

5* OT Calvin Ashley
4* LB Tadarian Moultry
4* OT Austin Troxell
4* RB Devan Barrett
4* RB/ATH Alaric Williams
4* WR Noah Igbinoghene
3* S Carlito Gonzalez
3* RB Octavius Matthews (JUCO)
3* DT Alec Jackson
3* CB Traivon Leonard
3* S Jordyn Peters
3* PK Anders Carlson
3* LS Bill Taylor (Blue Shirt)



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2017 Auburn Football Recruiting Class

Here is your one-stop shop for Auburn's 2017 recruiting class.

It's Signing Day! This will be our signing day headquarters article for all of your needs. This article will be your one-stop shop to quickly click a link to a recruit and read the article on their signing. The information will also all be contained in a story stream for your convenience, too, but it's good to have everything in multiple places!

So, without further ado, here is where to find the info on the newest Auburn Tigers. When a player signs, we'll move his name from "Committed" to "Signed" and link the article. That won't happen until we get the official word that the LOI has been received by Auburn. We don't want repeats of the Byron Cowart saga.

Signed and Enrolled:

4* QB Jarrett Stidham (JUCO)
3* TE Salvatore Cannell (JUCO)
4* LB Kenny Britt
4* ATH Malcolm Askew
4* OG Nick Brahms
3* QB Malik Willis
3* LB Chandler Wooten

Signed:

Committed:

5* OT Calvin Ashley
4* LB Tadarian Moultry
4* OT Austin Troxell
4* RB Devan Barrett
4* RB/ATH Alaric Williams
4* WR Noah Igbinoghene
3* S Carlito Gonzalez
3* RB Octavius Matthews (JUCO)
3* DT Alec Jackson
3* CB Traivon Leonard
3* S Jordyn Peters
3* PK Anders Carlson
3* LS Bill Taylor (Blue Shirt)



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M. Basketball. Jared Harper's hot shooting not enough for Auburn against Tennessee

Harper hit early, often and deep, making five 3-pointers and scoring 21 points, but it wasn't enough Tuesday in Auburn's 87-77 loss to Tennessee.

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Auburn Falls to Tennessee 77-87

It could have been much worse, believe it or not.

With the way this game started, Auburn is lucky that the final score was only 10 points. Of course, by that same token, Tennessee is lucky that the game started the way that it did, which was the difference in the game.

The Vols jumped out to big leads early in this one, but Auburn battled back a few times thanks to the shooting of Jared Harper. Auburn only scored 30 points in the first half, and Harper had 18 of them. The freshman was just about Auburn's entire offense.

Unfortunately, the rest of the team was taking single shot possessions, rebounding poorly, and letting Tennessee connect on open shots time after time. The result was a 46 - 30 halftime lead.

The second half was a bit more of a contest, as Auburn battled back and at times looked like it may make an exciting game of it in last period. Every time it happened, though, UT would milk the clock and then drain a crushing basket to re-extend their lead.

In the end, the Tigers just didn't have enough for the Vols. It took too long for Auburn to adjust to the physicality of Tennessee and Rod and Sonny Smith were pointing out that in the first half it looked like Tennessee was playing a half step faster in every facet of the game.

For Auburn, the highlights of the night were Harper and Mustapha Heron - once again in the double-digits - along with Ronnie Johnson scoring. TJ Dunans had yet another game with few points but still played well with attempting to get the ball to the shooters. Auburn finished with only 7 assists on the night, though. Over the course of this season, the magic number for the Tigers seems to be 10. Get to 10 assists and they're almost assured a victory. Fail to do so and they're guaranteed a defeat.

This was a tough loss, but not a back-breaking one. If the course of the game had continued as it was going at the end of the first half, it very well could have been. The final result, however, was a bit more encouraging. The Tigers will attempt to take what they learned in this one and take it to Tuscaloosa this weekend to face an Alabama team that certainly wants revenge for the thrashing they suffered in Auburn two weeks ago.

The Tigers and the Tide  will square off Saturday evening at 7:30pm. War Eagle!



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See Cam Newton as pee-wee QB in Super Bowl ad

Last year, quarterback Cam Newton led the Carolina Panthers to Super Bowl 50 as the NFL's MVP for the 2015 season. The Panthers didn't make it to the NFL's championship game this year, but the former Auburn star still will be seen during Sunday's Super Bowl LI - in a commercial.

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See Cam Newton as pee-wee QB in Super Bowl ad

Last year, quarterback Cam Newton led the Carolina Panthers to Super Bowl 50 as the NFL's MVP for the 2015 season. The Panthers didn't make it to the NFL's championship game this year, but the former Auburn star still will be seen during Sunday's Super Bowl LI - in a commercial.

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Jared Harper's 21 not enough as Tennessee cruises past Auburn

Jared Harper can do many things, but Auburn's true freshman point guard cannot single-handedly defeat a team as capable as Tennessee.

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2017 National Signing Day Running Post

For the EIGHTH consecutive year, War Blogle will be THE PLACE to get all of the no-frills Auburn info on National Signing Day. For most outlets, this day is like Christmas and they have a shiny new pet full of all the bells and whistles ready to overload your brains with every signing announcement. Who cares, right? That’s why I’m here.

Keep hitting refresh on this post and you’ll see who signed when and where and maybe even a few predictions and rumors. It’s simple. It’s straight-forward. It’s all you need.

As has become custom for the seven previous years of the National Signing Day Running Posts, I’ll be pulling together all of the best news, pictures, videos, rumors, etc. and putting it all right here. There’s no need to sift through 5,000 tweets to read about a guy signing on the dotted line. I’ll do it for you. All right here. It’s cozy. Stay a while.

In fact, I’ve already got all of Auburn’s early enrollees, hard commitments, and hopeful targets that will pick up a hat at some point listed below. Note: don’t expect many Auburn hats. This class is already pretty much wrapped up. Ain’t no drama, mama. Either way, as the faxes roll in throughout the day, I will post updates here in reverse order to make it easier for you.


To start it off, these guys are already enrolled at Auburn, but they are part of the 2017 class. They are just as important as any guy who puts on an Auburn hat on National Signing Day. In fact, they’re technically better because they’re already going through workouts and will participate in this year’s Spring practice.

Also, as you look at the recruiting rankings throughout the day, remember that the JUCO guys won’t be factored in. So wherever Auburn ends up at the end of Signing Day, just know a few of these would move the Tigers up a spot or 10.

These guys are currently committed to Auburn. Most have been committed for a good while and show no signs of wavering. By the time most of you read this, most guys will have already faxed in their letters.

You’ll notice there are 20 names up there. That’s a pretty full class, but still there are a few guys that Auburn may need to pull in that feel the need to be a little dramatic. I get it.

I don’t believe any of these guys will announce on TV, but we do know some times, so stay here and hit refresh and find out. I’ve also listed my predictions, which are based on next to nothing.

  • Tyler Taylor (4-star LB – Sugar Hill, GA)
    • Teams: Auburn, LSU
    • Prediction: Auburn
  • Markaviest Bryant (4-star DE – Cordele, GA)
    • Time: 10:30 am
    • Teams: Auburn, Georgia, LSU
    • Prediction: Georgia
  • Markail Benton (4-star LB – Phenix City, GA)
    • Teams: Auburn, Alabama (committed)
    • Prediction: Alabama
  • Tyrone Truesdell (3-star DT – Augusta, GA)
    • Teams: Auburn, Florida
    • Prediction: Auburn
  • Matthew Tanner (3-star OL – Jacksonville, FL)
    • Teams: Auburn, Bowling Green (committed)
    • Prediction: Auburn

These are the current rankings from the recruiting services before any signatures have been put to paper. They are just based on current commitments (again, not including JUCO transfers).

ESPN – 12th nationally, 5th in SEC
Rivals – 16th nationally, 6th in SEC
Scout – 9th nationally, 5th in SEC
247 Sports – 9th nationally, 4th in SEC

There will be a live chat at some point later in the day (follow me on Twitter to get updates on that), but feel free to talk about it all in the comments below or over in The Barn. Just for nostalgia, here’s how things went in past years: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 20142015, 2016.



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Auburn basketball vs. Tennessee live score updates, analysis

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National Signing Day – Track ‘Em Tigers Primer

Ready and Waiting

Hello again and War Eagle!  Here is a bit of a National Signing Day primer where we re-visit what we know along with a couple of new developments that have occurred during the past 24 hours. 

Track ‘Em Tigers will be hosting the NSD Live Open Thread starting at 7:00 CT and will be providing updates all day until all is said and done. We enthusiastically encourage you to sign on and join in with your thoughts and comments. And I will make an indefatigable effort not to let you down!

Within the past 24 hours Auburn lost DL Ryan Johnson to Stanford and OG Matthew Tanner went from “99%” to “very likely” to “gone” as the JUCO transfer has now committed to Bowling Green.

Taking the above into account, and averaged across six nationally recognized recruiting sites, places Auburn’s current rank at #12 nationally and 4th in the SEC with room to move either way depending on NSD outcomes.

Who to watch:

Tyler Taylor – 6-2 230 ILB is set to announce at 7:45 AM CT and it now appears he will choose between Auburn, LSU, and OK.

Markaviest “Big Cat” Bryant – 6-4 226 DE is set to announce at 10:30 AM CT and lists Auburn, LSU, and UGA as his top three.

Tyrone Truesdell – 6-3 325 DT has not set a time to announce but it appears he is down to either Auburn or Florida.

The remainder of those committed to Auburn as well as those already enrolled follow…

 

 Those committed who seem to be “solid” are:

  • Calvin Ashley OT 6-6
310 Commit
5/30/2015
  • Tadarian Moultry ILB
6-2
225
Commit
5/6/2016
  • Devan Barrett RB
6-0
190
Commit
7/21/2016
  • Austin Troxell OT
6-7
335
Commit 6/18/2016
  • Alaric Williams ATH
6-0
195
Commit
7/25/2015
  • Noah Igbinoghene WR
6-0
190
Commit
11/24/2016
  • Carlito Gonzalez S
6-0.5
190
Commit
8/8/2015
  • Alec Jackson DT
6-5
270
Commit
12/25/2016
  • Jordyn Peters S
6-2
185
Commit
8/19/2016
  • Traivon Leonard CB 6-0
188
Commit
12/12/2016
  • Anders Carlson K
6-3
185 Commit
6/25/2016
  • John Samuel Shenker TE
6-3
245
Commit
1/29/2017
  • Bill Taylor LS
6-4
235
Commit 6/13/20164

Those not just committed but already enrolled and on campus are:

  • Jarrett Stidham DUAL
6-3
210
Enrolled
1/9/2017
  • Nick Brahms OG
6-4 285

Enrolled
1/9/2017
  • Malcolm Askew ATH
5-10.5
183

Enrolled
1/9/2017
  • Kenney Britt ILB
6-0 232
Enrolled
1/9/2017
  • Salvatore Cannella TE
6-6
230
Enrolled
1/9/2017
  • Chandler Wooten OLB
6-2.5
227
Enrolled
1/9/2017
  • Malik Willis ATH
6-2
188
Enrolled
1/9/2017

So, now we are down to National Signing Day where we wait and see who announces their commitment and who gets their Letter of Intent sent to via fax to the Auburn Athletic Department.

Again, we invite you to join us starting at 7:00 AM CT Wednesday for our Open Thread with live updates all day long.

Until then, thank you, and…

WAR EAGLE 

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National Signing Day revisited: Auburn's 2016 recruiting class

A look back at Auburn's 2016 recruiting class, which was ranked No. 9 nationally and No. 5 in the SEC

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A look back at Auburn's 2016 recruiting class, which was ranked No. 9 nationally and No. 5 in the SEC

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T-Minus Ten Days

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It’s been six months since Track ‘Em Tigers wrapped up the 2016 softball season which ended in a heartbreaking scene for the Auburn softball team and their fans. The matchup between Oklahoma and Auburn featured a contrast of styles. The Sooners were a team anchored by an ace pitcher and a fantastic defense among the very top in defensive efficiency. On the other side was a team with a “pitch by committee” approach, who made occasional mistakes in the field, but could hit the ball like few other teams. On that day, the former won out. 

While Oklahoma players stormed the field for yet another Women’s College World Series Championship, the Tigers wrapped their arms around freshman Courtney Shea. The young player, with tears streaming down her face, offered a tear-soaked apology after she grounded the final out in a pinch at-bat with two outs. Even as the Sooners  celebrated, it was the Auburn team that most every follower of the game said “watch out for that team next year.” 

In 2017, fans will see the combination of coach Clint Myers’ coaching and recruiting for truly the first time. While he and his staff have done a tremendous job at coaching the previous staff’s players which include Rhodes, Carosone, Howard, and All-World Kasey Cooper, it will be the development of his recruits such as Shea that will be on display this year. He wasn’t shy about throwing the young players into the fire last season and while the outgoing 2016 Tigers’ season will become folklore, it will be the innings played and the at-bats for the young players throughout that season that will pay massive dividends in the future. 

The words “can’t miss softball” are not frequently uttered, yet they should be. In a world where opening weekend neutral site football games for premier programs is all the rage, softball has done its best to capture that same atmosphere.

In T-Minus Ten days, softball fans are going to get just that. It begins against the very team where the last Tigers left off: the Oklahoma Sooners. The two teams will square off on February 9th in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. As mentioned, the book is out on the Sooners, and that book is very good thanks to the superb coaching of  Patty Gasso. Not so for the Tigers.  

Other than Kasey Cooper playing third, not much is known about the Tigers and it isn’t because of talent. Starting just to Cooper’s left, there will be a big-time battle between Haley Fagan, who missed most of the year due to injury and her 2016 replacement Whitney Jordan. Late in the season, Fagan’s bat earned her the designated hitter spot, but that isn’t necessarily the case this year as Auburn is loaded with hitters thanks to the return of Cody Myers, who spent last season with the San Diego Padres. In his absence Auburn’s hitting slumped from .339 to .317 as a team. 

For an even more deeper look at the depth, look no further than catcher. On most teams, Carlee Wallace would be a no-questions starter. Yet Courtney Shea has been a big stick at the plate in limited opportunities, hitting .225 while belting eight homers and has perhaps more upside from inside the box than Wallace who hit .287 with five homers.

There will also be positional battles everywhere on the field, including in the circle where freshman ace Ashlee Swindell will make the rest of the pitching staff fight for appearances, although fellow pitcher Kaylee Carlson is listed as one of the ten juniors to watch this season. Other questions remain: who will lock down the vacated 2nd base left by Carosone? Will senior Jenna Abbott find a place on the field? 

“It was interesting, the four coaches on Thursday submitted lineups, if we started today, what your lineup would be,” Myers said. “And we had four different lineups. We couldn’t agree on nine players.” Coach went on to say “If somebody doesn’t do the job, if we’re not mentally in to the process of execution, somebody else may be given [the start] because they’ve had a good week of practice.” That’s a great problem to have and it will likely be on full displace on February 2nd at 1PM on ESPNU. Make sure to follow me on Twitter as I live tweet reactions to the game. 

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Football. Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey ready for 'the next chapter'

Chip Lindsey’s job description as the head coach at Colbert Heights High School in 2005-06 will sound familiar to anyone who’s ever coached at a smaller school.

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Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey ready for 'the next chapter'

Chip Lindsey’s job description as the head coach at Colbert Heights High School in 2005-06 will sound familiar to anyone who’s ever coached at a smaller school.

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Tuesday Football & Basketball Tiger Tidbits

News and notes on Auburn football, football recruiting, basketball, baseball and softball are featured in Tuesday's edition of Tiger Tidbits.

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Auburn Football Recruiting: National Signing Day Tracker

Here we take a look at the list of uncommitted recruits as well as recruits who have already committed to the Auburn Tigers. With National Signing Day coming tomorrow, Feb. 1, here is the list of uncommitted and committed players that Auburn football looks to add onto the roster for next season. This list will […]

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How to Watch Auburn vs Tennessee Live Online, Time, TV Schedule, and More

The Tigers welcome the Vols to Auburn Arena

The Tigers return home to Auburn Arena tonight to face the Tennessee Volunteers. Auburn is fresh off a big win over TCU in Ft. Worth as well as a dominating home victory over the Tide. Oh, and there was that whole South Carolina game sandwiched in between.

Tennessee has had quite the three-game streak. They've knocked off Mississippi State, #4 Kentucky, and then Kansas State in the Big XII / SEC Challenge. Their SEC slate didn't start out that way, though, with losses to Arkansas, Florida, and South Carolina. Those are not three teams who any team should be ashamed of losing to, though.

So which Auburn team will show up to face the Vols? They're led by senior guard Robert Hubbs III, averaging 15 points per game. They also have their own freshmen stars in Grant Williams, Lamonte Turner, and Jordan Bowden.

The Vols are averaging 77.6 points per game and giving up 73.6. That compares to Auburn averaging 79 points per game and allowing 76.6. With that, it's easy to see why this game is a push. The two teams are evenly matched in almost every statistical category.

The one big advantage Auburn does have is height (when was the last time THAT was the case in a SEC game?). Tennessee only has one player over 6'7, and he doesn't get that many minutes. Auburn has a number of big men who could cause havoc for the Vols.

The Tigers have their freshmen getting better with each game and the supporting cast finding their way, as well. TJ Dunans didn't score that many points in the victory over TCU, but he was a force in that game, nonetheless. Mustapha Heron and Jerod Harper are continuing their level of play. Danjel Purifoy has been limited while coming back from his ankle injury.

Meanwhile, there's Austin Wiley. He's become a beast for the Tigers under the bucket and just gets better with every passing game. Here's to hoping that continues with a game here at home in Auburn Arena.

The Tigers are still fighting for a post-season spot. They were even mentioned in the "others receiving votes" category of some of the polls this week! Knocking off the Vols before heading to Tuscaloosa this Saturday would go a long way to reaching that goal.

Go get 'em, Tigers!

How to Watch, Stream, and Listen

Time: 8:00pm Central

TV: SEC Network

Stream: WatchESPN

Listen: Auburn Sports Network



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What are Auburn's best- and worst-case scenarios for National Signing Day?

A look at where Auburn stands on the eve of National Signing Day and what the Tigers' best- and worst-case scenarios when all faxes are received.

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What are Auburn's best- and worst-case scenarios for National Signing Day?

A look at where Auburn stands on the eve of National Signing Day and what the Tigers' best- and worst-case scenarios when all faxes are received.

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Could Auburn flip Alabama commit Markail Benton? His coach weighs in

Benton (6-1, 237) created a stir in the recruiting world over the weekend when multiple reports indicated he was taking an official visit to Auburn.

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Could Auburn flip Alabama commit Markail Benton? His coach weighs in

Benton (6-1, 237) created a stir in the recruiting world over the weekend when multiple reports indicated he was taking an official visit to Auburn.

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Auburn Baseball: Where Are They Now? Tim Hudson

Here we discuss former Auburn baseball player Tim Hudson, who was a member of the Tigers’ last trip to the College World Series. Tim Hudson came to Auburn University in 1995 after two years of community college baseball at Chattahoochee Valley Community College and was part of the College World Series team in 1997, the […]

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Sammie Coates has surgery for hand injuries

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Sammie Coates had surgery on Tuesday for the injuries that wrecked his 2016 NFL season.

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Sammie Coates has surgery for hand injuries

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Sammie Coates had surgery on Tuesday for the injuries that wrecked his 2016 NFL season.

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Live coverage of National Signing Day 2017 on AL.com

It's one of the most unpredictable, exciting and important days of the year for college football fans and AL.com will have you covered all day with our live National Signing Day 2017 coverage. Here are just a few of the...

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Live coverage of National Signing Day 2017 on AL.com

It's one of the most unpredictable, exciting and important days of the year for college football fans and AL.com will have you covered all day with our live National Signing Day 2017 coverage. Here are just a few of the...

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Softball. Tigers Open 2017 at No. 2 in the Nation

Tigers' No. 2 ranking is highest preseason mark ever and is the same position in which they closed 2016

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Auburn's 2017 Class: Where Things Stand

Taking a look at Auburn's football recruiting class with just a day left until National Signing Day.

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Dye-Gest: Talking Super Bowl & AU Hoops

College Football Hall of Fame coach Pat Dye gives his take on the Super Bowl and several Auburn teams in this edition of his Dye-Gest column.

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Auburn softball ranked No. 2 in preseason coaches poll

Auburn opens the 2017 season in the same position as it ended 2016: ranked No. 2.

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National Signing Day predictions for Auburn's remaining targets

Take a look at which recruits remain on Auburn's board and where we think they'll sign

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National Signing Day predictions for Auburn's remaining targets

Take a look at which recruits remain on Auburn's board and where we think they'll sign

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Tigers Preparing for Physical Volunteers

The Auburn basketball Tigers will try to earn a fourth SEC win of the season when the Tennessee Vols visit Auburn Arena.

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News and notes from the Auburn corners of the Internet

SUPER BOWL

Auburn has more of a connection to the Super Bowl than just a few players playing in it. There is also one of Auburn's primary grounds people helping to make sure that the turf in Houston is in perfect shape for the game. That's pretty cool and also very justified when you consider how beautiful Jordan-Hare Stadium looks every game.

BASKETBALL

The official site has a feature on Mustapha Heron and his improved defensive play as part of the Tigers' recent success. Heron really is the complete player.

The Tigers are playing a Tennessee team who is coming in hot off a few very good victories. Bruce Pearl knows that and is preparing his team for the challenge.

FOOTBALL

Normally I like Wesley Sinor and his Auburn stuff. In another example of "AL.com Headlines," though, there's this one: "Auburn JUCO Target Commits to Bowling Green." He didn't have a committable offer from Auburn, so a headline that makes it sound like someone Auburn wanted instead went to Bowling Green is more than a little misleading.

Sorry for the lack of stuff, here, but I've been swamped getting signing day pre-writes done as well as preparing other things I've got going on, and there also just weren't that many stories out there. So, this is all ya get today until the "How to Watch and Preview" post goes up for the Basketball game this afternoon.



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Auburn Scores Huge Road Win, Vols Come to the Plains

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The fourth annual SEC/Big XII Challenge tipped off this past week and the SEC was 0-3 n the series causing many to speculate that it was now or never for the SEC to change the perception of the league. After all, the SEC has reloaded with quality coaches over the last three years. As had been typical, the SEC dropped the first two games but rattled off four straight wins, putting them on the cusp of beating a powerhouse basketball conference. All that remained was the SEC’s blueblood, Kentucky, and one of its resident dumpster dwellers, Auburn. 

Auburn was playing in Fort Worth against a team that many believe will make the Big Dance – the TCU Horned Frogs. Few gave the Tigers any chance of winning, especially considering the 98-69 slaughter that Auburn had endured just days before to South Carolina, a team also headed to the NCAA tournament. 

Before a sold-out crowd at Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena, the nearly all freshman Tigers controlled most of the first half, leading by as much as eight points before setting for a 45-43 halftime score, despite the fact that TCU’s 6-11 forward Vladimir Brodziansky was nearly perfect from the floor. Auburn seemed to have no answer for the big man, but the truth was that it wasn’t nearly about his talent than Auburn’s defense being completely out of position for much of the half. TCU’s Alex Robinson and JD Miller continued to sneak passes around Auburn’s defense in the paint, leading to some very easy buckets.

Despite the nearly perfect start for Brodziansky, who finished 7-9 from the floor for 19 points, Auburn’s offense covered up for the young team’s defensive woes. Mustapha Heron had another double-digit scoring performance extending his own record, as he was 7-11 from the field including 1-1 from beyond the arc, on his way to 17 points. And Auburn got another terrific outing from Jared Harper, who finished with 13 points and four assists. 

However, the star of the game was easily Austin Wiley, who had a game that destroyed the expectations fans had come to hold of the young player. Everyone expects the young man to become a great player for Auburn, but most had seen his struggles, especially with the physicality that comes with the college game. The player who has been out of highschool for mere weeks and should be attending his senior prom in the next few days has struggled at finishing buckets when he knows he is going to be fouled. Additionally, he has been out-muscled down low – Not this game.

Wiley wanted the rock on the blocks and when he was guarded, he went up with authority time and time again. This time, instead of tossing an errant shot to draw two free throws, No. 50 went up strong and finished the play. Wiley scored 25 points, a career high, and added four offensive rebounds. 

As a team, the Tigers seemed to transform in front of their fans. The perimeter shooting team that couldn’t rebound finished the game with 13 offensive rebounds while shooting under 30% from long distance and over 50% elsewhere. Still, the team wasn’t very good elsewhere, finishing at 60% from the charity stripe and 19 turnovers. 

Typically, the play of one player isn’t enough to overcome those numbers. Enter Anfernee McLemore. The oft-forgotten freshman had struggled to see the floor early in the season as he played fourth fiddle to the rotation of Horace Spencer, Austin Wiley, and LaRon Smith. With Smith fading from the picture and a new lineup that features Spencer and Wiley playing together, McLemore has begun to log more and more minutes. McLemore struggled early in the season, due to a lack of minutes, though his athleticism and effort were hard to ignore. However, in the last three games, McLemore has found a good groove. McLemore was quietly 6-6 from the field, scoring 13 points, a block, a steal and, most importantly, three offensive rebounds. He did all of this in just 18 minutes of play. 

Not to be forgotten, slasher T.J. Dunans didn’t have a very good night shooting the basketball, but he added seven rebounds and a whopping seven assists. 

The Tigers led by as many as 21 points in the second half, but youth caught right back up to them. Exceedingly poor play down the stretch allowed TCU to turn that deficit into a manageable game very late. Still, Auburn left Ft. Worth with a much-needed 88-80 win. It cannot be overstated just what a road win against a good team means with this young team. The win by Auburn insured that, for the first time, the SEC would not lose this challenge. Unfortunately, Ole Miss and Kentucky couldn’t pull out wins and the SEC settled for a tie. 

The Tigers host Tennessee tonight (1/31/2017) in a very important matchup.

Like the Tigers, the Crimson Tide, and many other SEC teams, the Volunteers are looking to fill the gap behind Kentucky that had been vacated by Florida after the departure of Billy Donovan. Most of these teams are in very critical junctures of their coach’s young tenure.

Much like Auburn circa 2000, Tennessee has been a tournament team behind Kentucky, most recently under former UT coach and current Auburn coach Bruce Pearl. 

The Vols are 12-9, but 4-4 in conference after two good wins against Kentucky and then Kansas State. The Tigers enter the contest with a 14-7 record, but are 3-5 in-conference play. The winner of this game maintains a spot in the middle of the conference, which would be the staging point for a decent run in the SEC tournament, avoiding the better conference teams. 

The two teams are quite similar in statistics, though they get the job done by different means. Auburn is still a very good three-point shooting team and the Vols are not. Both teams are dead even in rebounds and assists.

The Vols feature nearly four players who score in double-digits per game, led by Robert Hubbs, III who averages 15 points per contest. Tennessee averages a whopping 77 points per game while holding opponents to 74, which ranks 223rd and is an area Auburn can exploit. Obviously, Auburn has the same issue with letting teams score. The Tigers check in at 276th. This has the makings of a shoot-out.

The match tips off at 8PM on the SEC Network. Make sure to follow me on Twitter as I live tweet the game @Best5Zach

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Super Bowl LI: 3 more Auburn alumni ready to debut in NFL's big game

For the first time in four years, an Auburn alumnus will play for the winning team in the Super Bowl.

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Super Bowl LI: 3 more Auburn alumni ready to debut in NFL's big game

For the first time in four years, an Auburn alumnus will play for the winning team in the Super Bowl.

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Auburn basketball 'in range' of bubble conversation as it hosts Tennessee

Coming off an impressive showing in the final non-conference game of the regular season, Auburn finds itself in position to compete for a postseason berth.

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Favorite NFL quarterback? Tim Tebow outpolls Cam Newton

Tim Tebow hasn't played in an NFL game since Dec. 30, 2012. But when a national poll asked NFL fans to pick their favorite quarterback, Tebow was the pick for 6 percent of the respondents.

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Favorite NFL quarterback? Tim Tebow outpolls Cam Newton

Tim Tebow hasn't played in an NFL game since Dec. 30, 2012. But when a national poll asked NFL fans to pick their favorite quarterback, Tebow was the pick for 6 percent of the respondents.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Four-star St. Paul's DL Ryan Johnson commits to Stanford over Auburn

The senior helped St. Paul's to a pair of Class 5A state championships during his high school career and was named the Class 5A Lineman of the year this past season

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Four-star St. Paul's DL Ryan Johnson commits to Stanford over Auburn

The senior helped St. Paul's to a pair of Class 5A state championships during his high school career and was named the Class 5A Lineman of the year this past season

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Auburn linebacker target Tyler Taylor to announce decision on National Signing Day

The four-star linebacker from Buford, Ga., will make his college football commitment Wednesday morning on television.

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Auburn linebacker target Tyler Taylor to announce decision on National Signing Day

The four-star linebacker from Buford, Ga., will make his college football commitment Wednesday morning on television.

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NSD 2017 – Join TET for our Wednesday LiveBlog

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Ah, National Signing Day 2017 – The official visits are over and those who follow recruiting await Wednesday with anticipation hoping those recruits targeted by Auburn’s coaching staff choose to play for the Tigers.

National Signing Day is one of those yearly occurances that fans seem to either like, dislike, or fall somewhere in the middle. Yes, we are speaking of, mostly, teenage recruits assigned some number of “stars” that may or may not mean anything in the long run and Jay posted a great article to such effect. I follow recruiting simply because it’s Auburn football, and until spring practices start, it’s about the only Auburn football topic this time of the year.

Depending on the sources, Auburn currently has 5 signees and either 15 or 20 commitments and, personally, I’m not sure which of the sources is more accurate. It doesn’t really matter at this point.

I will include, as best possible, those commitments above the LiveBlog on Wednesday and then we will post live updates all day as recruits make their choices.

I’m not sure we will experience some of the drama of last year as picking up something of an unexpected 5* to close out the day rates pretty high.

Auburn definitely wants pen to paper for 5* OT Calvin Ashley who, last week, shut down all visits and contacts saying, “I love Auburn”.

4* DE Markaviest “Big Cat” Bryant has a decision to make and, with Auburn being his last official visit, this could potentially bode well for this year’s signing class.

4* LB Tyler Taylor seems destined to be a Tiger but of what variety? This appears to be down to Auburn or LSU.

3* OG Matthew Tanner, a JUCO transfer, previously said there was a 99% chance that he would choose Auburn. His latest comment says that signing with Auburn is “very likely”. 

Auburn seems to be one of two remaining choices for 3* DT Tyrone Truesdell so we will see how that shakes out.

And, the first scholarship offer by new OC Chip Lindsey went to 3* TE John Samuel Shenker who committed not long afterward.

The LiveBlog will be online starting at 9:00 CT Wednesday and we hope you will join us here and take part with your comments and insight.

As always, It’s Great to be an Auburn Tiger and…

WAR EAGLE

 

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Auburn JUCO target commits to Bowling Green

Matthew Tanner took his official visit to Auburn last weekend

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Auburn JUCO target commits to Bowling Green

Matthew Tanner took his official visit to Auburn last weekend

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'Effort and intensity' - Mustapha Heron improves defense, Auburn awaits Tennessee

Mustapha Heron's offense has been there since day one. Auburn's leading scorer (15.4 ppg) has reached double figures in all 21 games, a freshman record. It's his defense that's coming around.

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What tight end John Samuel Shenker's commitment means for Auburn

John Samuel Shenker committed to Auburn on Sunday after receiving an offer from new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey last week.

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What tight end John Samuel Shenker's commitment means for Auburn

John Samuel Shenker committed to Auburn on Sunday after receiving an offer from new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey last week.

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M. Basketball. 'Effort and intensity' - Mustapha Heron improves defense, Auburn awaits Tennessee

Mustapha Heron's offense has been there since day one. Auburn's leading scorer (15.4 ppg) has reached double figures in all 21 games, a freshman record. It's his defense that's coming around.

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Softball. Auburn Softball Weekly Rewind

Get caught up with what is going on around the diamond and in the program for Auburn Softball

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Monday Auburn Basketball News & Notes

Following a road win in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, Coach Bruce Pearl's Tigers are preparing for a Tennessee team that has won three consecutive games.

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Top 100 high school football prospects

Of the 270,000 high school seniors that played football in 2016, only these players made Scout.com's Top 100 list.

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Auburn basketball trimmed rotation has 2 veterans riding the bench

TJ Lang and LaRon Smith have seen their playing time drop as of late

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M. Tennis. Meet A Tiger: Edward Nguyen

In the latest Meet A Tiger, learn more about Canadian junior Edward Nguyen, who has started the spring season with a 3-0 record in singles

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ITAT HD: Pearl Previews Tennessee Game

Auburn Coach Bruce Pearl previews Tuesday night's game against the Tennessee Vols.

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Monday Football & Basketball Tiger Tidbits

Auburn football recruiting and men's basketball are included in Monday's edition of Tiger Tidbits from Inside the Auburn Tigers/AUTigers.com.

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W. Gymnastics. Auburn Enters Home Weekend at No. 17 in National Rankings

After a busy week of travel and tough competition, the Auburn gymnastics team stands at No. 17 in the recent RoadToNationals.com poll with a 195.645 average.

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Football. 'An elite crew' - Auburn's Richard Wilt puts turf knowledge to work at Super Bowl

There is an invitation-only, exclusive club in the turf management industry -- and you know you've made it when you're asked to work the Super Bowl. Auburn Athletics' own Richard Wilt, manager of athletic turf and grounds, is one of its members.

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W. Soccer. James Armstrong Named Associate Head Coach

In Armstrong's three seasons, the Tigers have scored 121 goals, the most in any three-year stretch since 2000-02

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Auburn Football Roster: By The Numbers

A glance at Auburn's football roster, including the 2017 class, as the Tigers head towards signing day.

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SEC Facebook Live and Recruiting Notebook

News, notes and recruiting scoop from around the SEC...

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Auburn’s Montravius Adams helped his NFL draft positioning at the Senior Bowl

Here we take a look at Auburn football’s Montravius Adams, whose performance in the Senior Bowl raised his stock in the NFL draft. No player did more to help improve where they will be picked in late April’s NFL draft at this weekend’s Senior Bowl than Auburn football‘s defensive tackle Montravius Adams. Before the game, […]

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The position 1 recruiting analyst thinks Auburn needs an addition come National Signing Day

ESPN recruiting analyst Tom Luginbill thinks Auburn needs to add at one position on National Signing Day

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The position 1 recruiting analyst thinks Auburn needs an addition come National Signing Day

ESPN recruiting analyst Tom Luginbill thinks Auburn needs to add at one position on National Signing Day

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Latest on Auburn's uncommitted prospects leading into National Signing Day

Auburn's 2017 recruiting class currently stands at 20 commitments

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Auburn's 2017 recruiting class currently stands at 20 commitments

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Auburn Basketball: Previewing the Tennessee Volunteers

Here we take a look at Auburn basketball’s matchup with the Tennessee Volunteers on Jan. 31 following a win against TCU. After having lost to a No. 23 South Carolina in disappointing fashion, Auburn basketball (14-7, 3-5 SEC) traveled to Fort Worth, Texas, for a rebound victory over TCU 88-80. Austin Wiley got into a beautiful […]

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'An elite crew' - Auburn's Richard Wilt puts turf knowledge to work at Super Bowl

There is an invitation-only, exclusive club in the turf management industry -- and you know you've made it when you're asked to work the Super Bowl. Auburn Athletics' own Richard Wilt, manager of athletic turf and grounds, is one of its members.

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Auburn Football: Where Are They Now? Takeo Spikes

Here we take a look at former Auburn football linebacker Takeo Spikes and the path that he took following his time on the Plains. An argument can be made that linebacker Takeo Spikes had the best football career of any Auburn football player when you combine his college career with his pro career. At Auburn, […]

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Auburn in final 2 for big DT Tyrone Truesdell

Truesdell took an official visit to Auburn last weekend.

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Auburn in final 2 for big DT Tyrone Truesdell

Truesdell took an official visit to Auburn last weekend.

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2018 Offensive Tackle Likes Auburn

Offensive line prospect John Campbell discusses his interest in the Auburn Tigers.

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AL.com All-Access: Auburn's underachieved based on recruiting rankings, but what about Alabama?

Given that Alabama's had the No. 1 class every year since 2011, according to 247Sports, should the Tide have more than one national title the last four years?

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AL.com All-Access: Auburn's underachieved based on recruiting rankings, but what about Alabama?

Given that Alabama's had the No. 1 class every year since 2011, according to 247Sports, should the Tide have more than one national title the last four years?

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Jason Caldwell's Monday Morning QB Column

Looking at how football recruiting has changed over the years, big weeks for Montravius Adams and both Auburn men and women on the hardwood.

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Recruiting or development: A look at Auburn's quarterback issues in recent years

Auburn has experienced a mixed bag of results at quarterback during the Gus Malzahn era. So have those issues been due to ineffective recruiting or poor development?

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Recruiting or development: A look at Auburn's quarterback issues in recent years

Auburn has experienced a mixed bag of results at quarterback during the Gus Malzahn era. So have those issues been due to ineffective recruiting or poor development?

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News and notes from the Auburn corners of the Internet

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The ladies have dominated Alabama over the last few years. They continued that last night with a come-from-behind victory (something they specialize in this season) in the 4th quarter to knock off the Tide 66-55.

Would you call Auburn's 88-80 defeat of TCU on the road a signature win? Maybe not. However, it was a huge win for the program and a big win to bounce back from the South Carolina game. Bruce Pearl is having by far his best season of his three years and we're watching players like Austin Wiley grow up before our eyes.

Oh, and Wiley did this all while he was sick.

BASEBALL

Keegan Thompson is back on the mound for Auburn and that's great news for the Tigers. He's aiming to be the starter on opening day.

TENNIS

The ladies have been on a rise over the last few seasons with getting into later rounds of the NCAA Championships. They continued that rise with a win over USC this weekend to make it to the National Indoor Championships for the first time in school history.

FOOTBALL

Auburn needs tight ends. Last year, we only had Jalen Harris on scholarship. He caught two passes for two touchdowns. There is a reason Auburn added a JUCO TE and now just yesterday accepted the commitment from yet another TE.

National Signing Day is the Wednesday! Auburn will have a ton of different ways on multiple platforms to follow the excitement.

Stanton Truitt is heading to North Carolina. He should do very well there and we wish him the best. Because of his injury issues, he'll have two years to play as a graduate transfer for the Tar Heels.

The Senior Bowl was this weekend and Monty Adams continued his upward trend from his senior season. He had a number of tackles and even a fumble recovery.



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National Signing Day Is Only Part of the Story

hi-res-ed9ed5c6f2e272cb5b02b564f8559f66_crop_northAs we head toward National Signing Day, Auburn is headed for its fifth consecutive Top 10 finish per the experts. Wake me up when they finish in the Top 10 where it counts. Recruiting services are silly.

There is as much politics as ability involved in getting those recruiting stars. Former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville told me a story years ago about discovering a quarterback in the Atlanta area. He was under the radar and got little attention. Once Auburn and then Georgia showed interest, the kid garnered three-stars by the services. Prior to that, he was a blip.

I’ve never understood why these websites don’t wait five years to rate the classes. That’s when it means something. Actually, we do know why they do it now. It’s huge business and means millions of dollars for these websites.  

There will be far more misses on Wednesday than hits. Future three-stars will become All Americans in time, while some five-star can’t miss guys will ultimately transfer to other programs and never be heard from again.

Some will hit the mark. Some won’t. Stars are optional.

Signing day is fun. Just understand, it’s mainly for entertainment purposes. Nick Saban gets a lot of attention for his recruiting classes. Where he makes his money is developing them into players. Don’t get me wrong. Talent is important. Being able to scientifically rate it from coast-to-coast is horse crap.

Kids come from big schools and small ones. They come from large cities and tiny communities. Some are mature enough to handle the transition. Others are stuck in the glory days of high school.

In four years about half of Auburn’s class will be gone. That’s normal. More important than the stars beside their names is whether they have the intangibles and work ethic to make it. Running a 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds is important. But it’s hardly that simple.

Enjoy National Signing Day. But, take it for what it is…

Entertainment.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

W. Basketball. Fourth-quarter blitz pushes Auburn over Alabama, 66-55

A 26-point night from Janiah McKay and 20 points from Katie Frerking – including 12 in the fourth quarter – led Auburn to a comeback victory over Alabama, 66-55, Sunday night at Coleman Coliseum.

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W. Gymnastics. No. 16 Auburn Ends Busy Weekend at Annual Elevate Meet

The No. 16 Auburn gymnastics team concluded its full weekend of travel at the third-annual Elevate the Stage meet Sunday, Jan. 29, and fell to No. 5 Alabama, 195.850-194.675, in the Legacy Arena at the BJCC.

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W. Tennis. Auburn defeats USC to advance to the National Team Indoor Championships

No. 15 Auburn women’s tennis punched it’s ticket to the ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championships with a 4-1 victory over No. 18 Southern California at Yarbrough Tennis Center on Sunday. The National Indoor Championships, hosted by Yale University, will be Feb. 10-12 in New Haven, Conn.

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Truesdell Talks Auburn Visit

Big man Tyrone Truesdell talks about his official visit to check out the Auburn Tigers.

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Sunday Auburn Football Recruiting Notes

With national signing day coming on Wednesday the Auburn Tigers and other colleges are looking for strong finishes to their 2017 signee classes and are already working on future signing classes.

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Auburn Baseball: Where Are They Now? Auburn’s “The Big Hurt”

Here we take a look at former Auburn baseball legend Frank Thomas, who went on to having a hall-of-fame career in the MLB. Frank Thomas came to Auburn baseball in 1986 intent on playing football and baseball, just like Bo Jackson had done in previous seasons. But after one year on the football team, in […]

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Auburn football adds 3-star tight end John Shenker commitment

Here we welcome 3-star tight end John Shenker to Auburn football following his commitment during an official visit. Auburn football adds another weapon to its offense with 3-star combination tight end John Shenker from Moultrie, Georgia. Shenker, a 6-foot-3 238-pound halfback and receiver caught 30 passes for 451 yards and two touchdowns his senior year […]

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Three Star Tight End John Samuel Shenker Commits to Auburn

Auburn adds commitment #20 for 2017 in the position where the Tigers have the most need for improved depth.

If you want to know how Chip Lindsey's offensive style may differ from the style Auburn has used over the last few years, then look no further than today's commitment of 3* tight end John Samuel Shenker of Colquitt County, GA.

If you're wondering why Auburn suddenly got in on the recruitment of Shenker - whose only other P5 offer was Wake Forest and was likely Georgia Southern-bound before Auburn offered - look no further than Shenker's high school head coach. That would be one Rush Probst. Probst has a connection with Auburn OC Chip Lindsey, and the Tigers offered Shenker shortly after Lindsey was hired.

Shenker, at 6'3, 245 lbs, isn't the tallest of tight ends. He somewhat fits in as the tweener of WR/Tight end. I don't know enough about him to know whether this is a reach or if he may be a diamond in the rough, but we know his high school coach thinks he's talented. Auburn has the depth in most every position not to reach, but tight end is definitely the spot where Auburn needs bodies. There's also the manner in which Lindsey uses his H-Back/TE position that means the Tigers need more traditional TE type players than the fullbacks.

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Auburn dropped a bit in the rankings when Octavius Matthews decommitted the other day. Shenker doesn't move the Tigers back up to their previous position, but he does help. He puts the Tigers back at 20 commitments for the season as we're approaching Signing Day. The Tigers are 10th in the nation and 5th in the SEC. The teams ahead of Auburn have more commits, though. In some cases (Alabama and Texas A&M) those schools have 5 or more commits than Auburn.

Will Shenker be the last tight end of the 2017 class? Perhaps. I would say probably, but you never know. Auburn only has two scholarship tight ends on the team heading into spring, so depth is very necessary. We'll find out soon enough, as National Signing Day is this Wednesday.



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Three Former Auburn Stars Set to Compete at Super Bowl LI

It’s that time of year again: the Super Bowl is here. The culmination of the NFL regular season has arrived and football fans across the globe will be excited to watch one of the greatest sporting events of the year.

This season, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots will be taking on the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium in Houston and we’re delighted to say that three former Auburn college players will be competing in this year’s event – more than every program apart from Alabama.

With Josh Harris playing for the Falcons and Jonathan Jones and Brandon King flying the flag for New England, one thing is for sure: Auburn will win no matter who lifts the Vince Lombardi Trophy. In this article, we’ve taken a look at our three former athletes and profiled their respective careers ahead of what could be one of the best Super Bowl contests in recent history.

Josh Harris (Long snapper)
Harris joined the Auburn programme back in 2007 after attending a tryout for walk-ons on his first day on campus – and the rest is history. The Tigers star redshirted and served as a backup for the first two years of his career before maturing into Auburn’s snapper for punts, field goals and extra points in 2009.

In 2011, he delivered the snap for Wes Byrum’s game-winning field goal in the National Championship game against Oregon; a moment that will live long in the memory for Auburn followers. If called upon, the ever-reliable Harris will be ready to help Atlanta in their bid to win a first Super Bowl title, and his personal journey from tryout to college championship to NFL title will live with him forever.

Jonathan Jones (Cornerback)
Meanwhile, Jones will be looking to make an impact on the other side of the field as the Patriots seek a fifth Super Bowl ring. New England, priced at 8/13 to win in the bet365 NFL betting odds, have a plethora of talent in their secondary but Jones could prove useful in Matt Patricia’s unique defensive scheme.

Two years ago, Malcom Butler was a nobody. His interception in the final stages of the victory over the Seattle Seahawks transformed him into a superstar overnight. Jones was an undrafted rookie coming out of college but if anybody can take him to the next level, it is Bill Belichick. His Week 14 play against the Baltimore Ravens led to a Patriots safety and the former Auburn man could be a pivotal figure on the biggest stage of them all.

Brandon King (Safety)
Truth be told, Brandon King suits the Patriots down to the ground. Belichick has always preferred those ‘hybrid’ safeties that can play deep or come up and fill in as a linebacker and that is exactly what King has in his locker. Since joining the New England roster in 2015, King has made 22 tackles – forcing one fumble against the Buffalo Bills last season.

The former Auburn Tigers man could step up and make a game changing play if needed; whether that is on defense or special teams. In 2015, he finished second on the Patriots for most special teams tackles and his ability to pin opposing returners downfield could prove crucial in the battle for field position at NRG Stadium on February 5th. Watch this space; King could pop up with a big moment or two.



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Three Lessons We Learned About Auburn Basketball This Week

Here we discuss the good, the bad and the ugly of Auburn basketball from performance the following two weeks. This past week showed Auburn basketball fans the good, the bad and the ugly, as well as how disparate a freshman-laden team can play. In a 98-69 loss to South Carolina early in the week, the […]

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H-back/Tight End Chooses Auburn

Coach Gus Malzahn's Tigers added another football commitment for their 2017 signee class.

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Juco Lineman High On Auburn

Offensive guard Matthew Tanner talks about his official visit to Auburn and where things stand with him heading into the final week.

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Former Auburn receiver commits to new school

Stanton Truitt has a new home

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Former Auburn receiver commits to new school

Stanton Truitt has a new home

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Highlights of Auburn’s 88-80 Win over TCU

This past Saturday, Auburn traveled to Fort Worth, TX to take on the TCU Horned Frogs as part of the SEC-Big 12 Challenge. The first half was close with Auburn having the 2-point lead at the half, but the 2nd half was a different story. Auburn played defense, made shots, got up by 21 at one point, and ended up with an 8-point win. TCU isn’t bad, this is good. And Austin Wiley is a man.



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Auburn secures commitment from combo prospect John Samuel Shenker

Shenker was previously committed to play baseball at Auburn

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Auburn secures commitment from combo prospect John Samuel Shenker

Shenker was previously committed to play baseball at Auburn

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Commitment 'very likely' for Auburn JUCO target Matthew Tanner

Tanner is ranked as the nation's No. 4 JUCO offensive guard in the 247Sports Composite.

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Commitment 'very likely' for Auburn JUCO target Matthew Tanner

Tanner is ranked as the nation's No. 4 JUCO offensive guard in the 247Sports Composite.

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Reports: Arizona State hires Alabama WR coach Billy Napier as offensive coordinator (Dr. Saturday)

Arizona State found its new offensive coordinator on the staff of one of the best programs in college football. According to multiple reports including USA Today and Fox Sports and first reported by AL.com, Alabama wide receivers coach Billy Napier will be the Sun Devils’ offensive coordinator in 2017. Napier spent four years with Alabama as the team’s wide receivers coach after working with Florida coach Jim McElwain at Colorado State in 2012.

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Signing Day preview: Auburn's top needs at defensive back

Auburn holds four commitments in the secondary

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Signing Day preview: Auburn's top needs at defensive back

Auburn holds four commitments in the secondary

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Alabama schools using 'blueshirt' method to bolster recruiting classes

Alabama schools are utilizing a little-known recruiting loophole to get around NCAA recruiting class size rules.

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Alabama schools using 'blueshirt' method to bolster recruiting classes

Alabama schools are utilizing a little-known recruiting loophole to get around NCAA recruiting class size rules.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Wiley leads Auburn to 88-80 win at TCU in SEC/Big 12 Challenge

Freshman Austin Wiley scored 21 of his career-high 25 points in the second half to lead Auburn to an 88-80 win at TCU in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge in Schollmaier Arena on Saturday.

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M. Basketball. Wiley leads Auburn to 88-80 win at TCU in SEC/Big 12 Challenge

Freshman Austin Wiley scored 21 of his career-high 25 points in the second half to lead Auburn to an 88-80 win at TCU in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge in Schollmaier Arena on Saturday.

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Wiley And Fellow Freshman Lead AU Past TCU

Auburn pulled away in the second half to win its SEC/Big 12 Challenge road game at TCU on Saturday night.

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AU Commitment Relishes Underdog Role

2018 commitment Shaun Shivers doesn't let his lack of size determine his ability on the field.

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Auburn knocks off TCU as Austin Wiley, Mustapha Heron shine

Auburn moves to 14-7 overall

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Auburn Defeats TCU 88-80 in the Big XII / SEC Challenge

Auburn is undefeated in Big XII play this year and got a much-needed rebound victory over the Horned Frogs!

Auburn and Bruce Pearl needed a big win after their last game. They got it in a true road win over a good Big XII team tonight in a dominating performance by the Tigers in Ft. Worth.

With every passing game, Austin Wiley continues to get better. That is scary for opposing teams. After a slow first half, he exploded in the second for a career-high 25 points. He was an epic force under the basket. I really thought TCU big man Vladimir Brodziansky would challenge him as the older and more experienced player, but that was not the case.

The Tigers jumped out to some leads in the first half, but iffy defense let the Horned Frogs stay around. Though they were horrible from beyond the arc, they were still able to hang around and go into the half in a close game.

In the second half, Auburn came out ready to play and really turned it on. The defense was fantastic for most of the second frame and Austin Wiley's explosion of points helped the Tigers get out to a 21 point lead. TCU had turnover issues - getting a season high of 18 - which greatly helped the Tigers, especially late.

The big lead struggles came back in the final 2-3 minutes, though as TCU cut the lead to 11 points with 1:30 to play in the game. TCU fought even harder with their backs against the wall and Auburn helped with a few bad shots, bad turnovers, and some missed free throws, as well.

The Tigers were able to close it out for the 88-80 victory, though, and do their part for the SEC in the Big XII / SEC Challenge.

Auburn's freshmen were on fire again. Danjel Purifoy has been struggling since his injury, but the Tigers are still doing some big things. Austin Wiley led the team with his 25 points and 7 rebounds. Mustapha Heron had 17 points and 6 rebounds, Jared Harper had 13 points, and Anfernee McLemore added 13, as well. TJ Dunans only finished with 4 points, but his impact on the game can't be understated. He was dishing the ball all around and was a large part of Auburn's 23 assists.

This game was exactly what Auburn needed. They'll take this back to Auburn to face Tennessee - who defeated Kansas State 70-58 in their Big XII game following their Kentucky upset - this Tuesday night at 7pm Central.

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Track & Field, Cross Country. Veronica Eder breaks school record at Razorback Invitational

Veronica Eder set the school record in the women’s 3000-meter with a time of 9:19.91 to lead Auburn track and field on the final day of the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. The Tigers set nine personal bests on the day.

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4-Star WR Gets "Family Feel" At Auburn

Auburn impressed four-star wide receiver Seth Williams on his Saturday visit to the Plains.

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Montravius Adams caps dominant week of practices with fumble recovery in Senior Bowl

Montravius Adams capped a dominant week of practices with a strong performance in the Senior Bowl.

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Montravius Adams caps dominant week of practices with fumble recovery in Senior Bowl

Montravius Adams capped a dominant week of practices with a strong performance in the Senior Bowl.

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Alabama, Auburn players help South take Senior Bowl victory

Ten players from Alabama high schools and colleges played in the Reese's Senior Bowl on Saturday in Mobile.

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Alabama, Auburn players help South take Senior Bowl victory

Ten players from Alabama high schools and colleges played in the Reese's Senior Bowl on Saturday in Mobile.

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Senior Bowl 2017: Which players showed the most in Mobile this week?

Players went through 3 days of practice prior to Saturday's game

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Senior Bowl 2017: Which players showed the most in Mobile this week?

Players went through 3 days of practice prior to Saturday's game

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Carlee Wallace finding groove as Auburn softball holds second preseason scrimmage

Carlee Wallace had a pair of hard-hit singles in Auburn softball's second preseason scrimmage

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W. Tennis. Auburn sweeps Fresno State in ITA Kickoff Opener

Auburn women’s tennis opened up the 2017 ITA Kickoff Weekend with a 4-0 sweep over Rice on Saturday at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.

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M. Tennis. Men's Tennis Shuts Out Nebraska At ITA Kickoff

Auburn moved to 2-1 on the young season with a 4-0 shutout win over Nebraska Saturday afternoon at Wake Forest in ITA Kickoff action

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Auburn sets date for Charles Barkley statue reveal

The statue will stand outside Auburn Arena

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NCAAM: AUB at TCU has tipped. Watch live in the ESPN App. (ESPN)

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Auburn vs. TCU live score updates from SEC/Big 12 Challenge

Auburn is coming off a 29-point loss to South Carolina

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Auburn snapper commit Bill Taylor talks visit, future with Tigers

Taylor talks about his visit to Auburn

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Auburn snapper commit Bill Taylor talks visit, future with Tigers

Taylor talks about his visit to Auburn

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In-state Alabama linebacker commit officially visiting Auburn

Auburn is hosting an Alabama official visitor

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In-state Alabama linebacker commit officially visiting Auburn

Auburn is hosting an Alabama official visitor

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Softball. 2017 Season Preview: Catchers

Two returning upperclassmen and one freshman will feature behind the plate for Auburn

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W. Basketball. Women's hoops heads to Alabama for Sunday showdown

Auburn women's basketball continues a stretch with four of five games on the road Sunday as the Tigers travel across the state to take on Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Game time is 5 p.m. at Coleman Coliseum.

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Auburn Football: Why not to hype quarterback transfer Jarrett Stidham

Here we take a look at Auburn football transfer Jarrett Stidham, who is presented as one of the highest rated quarterbacks from the class of 2014. Auburn football has been graced with a new quarterback, Jarrett Stidham, to add onto the list of seven on the roster. Somehow everything has been forgotten about Sean White […]

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Looking at Auburn football’s Senior Bowl

Here we take a look at the three Auburn football participants at the Senior Bowl today at 1:30 CT. Even as the football season has come and gone, there are still hints of Auburn football coming out of the Senior Bowl, where the Tigers highlight three players. Defensive tackle Montravius Adams, safety Johnathan Ford and […]

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Live updates: Reese's Senior Bowl -- North 0, South 0, first quarter

After a week of practicing under the guidance of NFL coaches and being evaluating by pro scouts, the North and South all-stars square off in the 68th annual Reese's Senior Bowl on Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile.

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Live updates: Reese's Senior Bowl -- North 0, South 0, first quarter

After a week of practicing under the guidance of NFL coaches and being evaluating by pro scouts, the North and South all-stars square off in the 68th annual Reese's Senior Bowl on Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile.

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Auburn Basketball: Five things to improve upon entering February

As February nears, we take a look at five things Auburn basketball must improve upon or follow through on as the season gets closer to March Madness. It has been a season of mostly improvements for Auburn basketball, which is already experiencing a tradition of winning following seasons of disaster. Most notably in their week […]

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Signing Day Preview: Auburn's top needs on special teams

With National Signing Day rapidly approaching, we're taking a look at Auburn's biggest needs at each position group in an eight-part series running over the past four days.

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Signing Day Preview: Auburn's top needs on special teams

With National Signing Day rapidly approaching, we're taking a look at Auburn's biggest needs at each position group in an eight-part series running over the past four days.

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Auburn travels to TCU looking to rebound from season's worst loss

Auburn plays TCU at 5 p.m. Saturday

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More evidence Auburn made the right call when it didn't hire Art or Kendal Briles

Chip Lindsey may or may not be the right man for the OC job, but a new lawsuit against Baylor reinforces the idea that hiring either Briles would've been a mistake.

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More evidence Auburn made the right call when it didn't hire Art or Kendal Briles

Chip Lindsey may or may not be the right man for the OC job, but a new lawsuit against Baylor reinforces the idea that hiring either Briles would've been a mistake.

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Pearl Wants to Turn Up Defensive Intensity

Auburn will be taking on the TCU Horned Frogs in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

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The Big XII / SEC Challenge is today!

After an embarrassing performance in Columbia Tuesday night, the Tigers are looking to bounce back with a good road win over the TCU Horned Frogs in Ft Worth this afternoon as part of the annual Big XII / SEC Challenge. I don't know why, but it seems like Auburn is always on the road for these things other than last season.

The Horned Frogs are 14-6 on the season and are currently 6th in the Big XII. The two teams actually share two common opponents so far this season in Texas Tech and Oklahoma. The Horned Frogs defeated the Sooners 60-57 on their home court (Auburn's 74-70 victory was on a neutral court) and lost to the Texas Tech Red Raiders in Lubbock 75 - 69. Auburn defeated Texas Tech 67-65 in Cancun near the start of the year.

With the similar records (Auburn is 13-7), Auburn having the better record against common opponents, and TCU on a three-game losing streak, you would think this sets up nicely for Auburn. Then again, this is on their home court and Auburn is coming off a horrific loss.

TCU is led in scoring by - no joke - junior Vladimir Blodziansky from Slovakia. He's 6'11, 220 lbs and is averaging 13.8 points per game. If that seems low for a team leader, know that the Frogs have 5 players averaging 8 or more points per game, so they're spreading the points around.  Blodziansky should be quite the match-up for Auburn freshman Austin Wiley. He's not their leader in rebounds, though (he averages 6 per game). That honor goes to 6'7, 210 lbs guard Kenrich Williams who is grabbing almost 10 boards per contest.

Auburn's top four scorers are all freshman. Austin Wiley has now moved ahead of TJ Dunans for the fourth spot with 8.7 points per game. Even with the bum ankle and slow offensive performances in his last two outings, Danjel Purifoy's average is still 12.4. Mustapha Heron is, of course, still leading the team.

Auburn needs a win in this game in a big way. They need the confidence boost of knocking off yet another Big XII team and this time on their home court. They need to bounce back from that embarrassing loss to South Carolina. They need to build some momentum before hosting a hot Tennessee team that just defeated Kentucky and then traveling to Alabama.

It's a very tough game, but it should be a winnable one if the Tigers play the way they did in the final minutes of the Alabama game and not as they did against the Gamecocks.

How to Watch, Stream, Listen

Time: 5:00pm Central

TV: ESPNU

Stream: WatchESPN

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Five-star LaBryan Ray tops final AL.com A-List

Check out the final AL.com A-List

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