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Saturday, March 23, 2019

GAME RECAP: Auburn 89, Kansas 75

SWEET SIXTEEN.

Let the debate begin — where does this Auburn team rank in school history?

After tonight’s 89-75 evisceration of the Kansas Jayhawks, you’d be hard-pressed to find them anywhere but the top two spots in that category.

Auburn completely annihilated the 4-seed Kansas in Salt Lake City to advance to the school’s first Sweet Sixteen since 2003, where they’ll play the winner of the North Carolina-Washington game.

It’s hard to say whether or not Auburn’s ever played a better first half than they did tonight. The Tigers roared out of the gate and forced Kansas coach Bill Self to use timeout after timeout to help his team regroup. Bryce Brown started 5-5 from three-point range, and Auburn outscored the Jayhawks 26-1 in fastbreak points before halftime. At the 13:09 mark, Bryce Brown’s fourth three forced a timeout with Auburn ahead 23-9, but the lead kept growing. Up 34-15, Auburn withstood a mini-run by the Jayhawks as they found their way to the foul line on several occasions, but they only got back with 14 points. A Chuma Okeke three ended the KU run, and Brown’s fifth three gave Auburn the double-up lead at 40-20. By the time Jared Harper’s final teardrop fell in the closing seconds, Auburn led 51-25 at the half, and had controlled the game from start to finish.

The Tigers had hit 56% of their shots, including 9-17 threes, while out-rebounding Kansas 19-17 and forcing eight turnovers. Auburn was faster, bigger, quicker, more dedicated, and more dialed in during that first half in every aspect of the game, and the Kansas contingent looked completely shell-shocked as they walked into the locker room.

Auburn hit a historic note during the first twenty minutes as well. For Bryce Brown, his third three of the half put him all alone in second place in SEC history for career three-pointers with 368, ahead of Pat Bradley (366) and Shan Foster (37). He’d finish the half with 370 career threes.

At the start of the second half, both teams came out hot. Kansas trimmed the Auburn lead momentarily by making the first seven shots from the floor, but the Tigers answered. Auburn buried three early threes and hit their first five shots and still held a 66-41 edge at the under-16 timeout. Kansas made a run, and a pair of three-point plays cut the lead down to 67-49, but Bryce Brown’s seventh three and an Austin Wiley transition dunk ended that run, before a Malik Dunbar and-1 gave Auburn a 25-point lead again.

J’Von McCormick got an opportunity to run the point early and often i the second half, and his followed putback gave Auburn its biggest lead at 78-51 near the eleven-minute mark, and despite KU’s hot start, they still trailed by 25 at the under-12 timeout. Kansas actually played really well for the first two-thirds of the half, shooting the lights out, but couldn’t consistently cut the lead under 20 points. In the end, Auburn cruised to a relatively easy victory over a team featuring three McDonald’s All-Americans and coming off of one of the greatest streaks in college basketball history (14 straight conference titles).

Bryce Brown led the way with seven threes and 25 total points, while Jared Harper added 18 as the Tigers shot 53% overall and hit 13-30 threes.

There’s much more to come on this, but War Eagle, y’all.



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Auburn Gymnastics at SEC Championship highlights



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Auburn Gymnastics at SEC Championship highlights

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AUBURN BASEBALL VS MISSISSIPPI STATE GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS



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Crow Karaoke: “We’ve Got Jared”

Singalong with Crow

Hey guys.

I decided to write and record an inspirational song for all us Tiger fans, as we head into the game tonight. What’s more inspirational than a parody of the Archie’s hit “Sugar, Sugar?”

I hope you love it, or at least that it gets stuck in your head forever like it has been in mine all week.

My beautiful voice: brought to you by Flonase.

Jared

chuma okeke

and my guy bryce brown

shooting that thing from way downtown

Jared

chuma okeke

and that dude bryce brown

shooting that thing from way downtown

I just can’t believe that Coach pearl got us here

i just can’t believe its true

Beating Tennessee and Alabama twice this year

totally a basketball school

with Jared

chuma okeke

and that dude bryce brown

shooting that thing from way downtown

We’ve got jared

chuma okeke

and that dude bryce brown

shooting that thing from way downtown

chuma and bryce, jared and mclemore

Doughty and wiley too

Horace Spencer, Jvonn, and Danjel purifoy

AND CLASSIC MALIK BUSTIN THROUGH

SHOOT IT FROM OPELIKA JARED

DUNK EM THROUGH THE BASKET CHUMA

CLASSIC MALIK 10 BUCKETS A WEEK

MAKE IT RAIN FOR ME

JARED

chuma okeke

and that dude bryce brown

shooting that thing from way downtown

we’ve got jared

chuma okeke

and that dude bryce brown

shooting that thing from way downtown

WE’VE GOT JARED!

H/T to the weirdest fan song ever.



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AUBURN SOFTBALL VS MISSISSIPPI STATE GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS



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AUBURN SOFTBALL VS MISSISSIPPI STATE GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS

AUBURN SOFTBALL VS MISSISSIPPI STATE GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS



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Basketball Q&A: Kansas Jayhawks

Rock Chalk Talk joins us to give us a better insight of the Kansas Jayhawks.

With Auburn playing in a big game against a marquee opponent, it was time to roll back out the Q&As. So I appreciate Andy Mitts from Rock Chalk Talk for taking the time to answer my questions. I also participated in a Q&A with their site as well, and you can check that out here. They’ve got some incredible content on their page so I highly encourage you to check their site out to get ready for tonight’s game. Andy’s answers are in bold below.

1. It’s the first time in 15 years that Kansas didn’t win at least a share of the Big 12 Regular Season Title. I don’t think we’ll see a run like that again in the Power 6 Conferences but as we begin, as someone who follows Kansas, what did that streak mean to you personally, and how does it feel to come into the NCAA Tournament somewhat under the radar for a change?

“Most of the Kansas fanbase (including myself) had come to terms with the fact that the streak was going to end at some point. Whether that was a preemptive strike against the disappoint that would come from the end of the streak or simply a healthy acceptance of the inevitable, I’m not sure. And if you had told me at the beginning of the year that this would be the year it ended, I probably would have called you an idiot, given that this was the preseason #1 team that was absolutely stacked. But the fact that it took an injury to Udoka Azubuike, Silvio DeSousa being declared ineligible, Lagerald Vick leaving the team for personal reasons, Marcus Garrett getting injured for a stretch of the conference season, and 3 players who were expected to be big contributors go completely cold for them to lose the streak, and even then they were in it going into the final week of the season.”

“As for coming under the radar, I think being picked as the most likely upset added a bit of pressure, but also a great deal of defiance, despite the fact that Northeastern was poised to take advantage of our greatest weaknesses, at least on paper.”

2. The Jayhawks were the Preseason #1 team but obviously injuries and suspensions have played a role in the team not living up to those expectations (Auburn didn’t live up to expectations for a good part of the year). How has Bill Self been able to keep this team together despite losing guys like Udoka Azubuike and LaGerald Vick?

“I know it sounds cliche, but it really has to do with his ability to make the team come together as a real family. I think that really started to take hold when the Morris twins were at school, as they repeatedly used the hashtag #FOE in everything they did. Then when the team rallied around Thomas Robinson as he lost multiple family members over the span of a couple of weeks, the comraderie that the team built has just carried over from season to season since then. Despite having no seniors on this team by the end, the extra year that all the transfers spent in the system really helped them bond together and pull through the tough times they have encountered.”

“It also helps that guys like Billy Preston and Silvio DeSousa have stayed around the team and remained positive even while they were going through the various troubles they have had. Silvio this year has been one of the biggest sources of motivation for his teammates, despite being forced to sit out for the alleged actions of his guardian.”

3. Dedric Lawson has had a tremendous season for the Jayhawks, especially without Azubuike and Vick, and for us at Auburn, he’s the guy we are most worried about going into tomorrow night’s game. Just talk about his significance to this year’s Kansas team.

“It’s been huge. I mean, he was expected to be the best player on the team, even with Azubuike and Vick in the lineup, but without those guys, he has had to be THE guy for this team, since Quentin Grimes hasn’t lived up to the hype and Devon Dotson has been the only other consistent player. The biggest part of Dedric’s game that is overlooked is just how versatile he is. CJ Moore of The Athletic did a great feature on him right before the NCAA Tournament started that talked about how his parents refused to let him get pigeonholed as a big man, and that training has really paid off as he has taken more outside shots to open up the spacing and give him the ability to get into the lane and do more. And most impressive of all is that he consistently gets his points. I don’t know how many times I’ve looked at the box score at the end of a game and said “How in the hell did he score 20 points?” He’s not flashy when he plays, so a lot of times his production gets overlooked.”

4. How does Kansas matchup with in terms of dealing with Auburn’s 10-man rotation?

“I actually think that Kansas will fair pretty well. Kansas has played some deep teams, and as long as they don’t get reckless, their starting 5 are very versatile. Kansas routinely plays 8-9 deep, with Mitch Lightfoot, Marcus Garrett and some combination of KJ Lawson and Charlie Moore coming off the bench, and all of them have come up in big spots before. The only thing that I’m really worried about is if Devon Dotson gets two quick fouls, as I don’t know how well this team will handle the Auburn pressure without their primary ballhandler for long stretches.”

5. Is there another team Kansas has played this year that shoots as many 3-pointers as Auburn does?

“They have played a lot of 3-point happy teams. Villanova, Marquette, Iowa State, Northeastern, and a few more that I haven’t thought of all try to light it up from outside. And Kansas has had varying success against those squads. I think Northeastern is probably the only team that is as consistently skewed towards 3-point production, but in general Kansas has had a good time guarding the 3 when a team doesn’t have a whole lot else going for it, or if it is the main thing they can focus on. That’s what we saw in the first round. While Auburn has more that they can do inside, I’m still a bit comforted by the fact that Kansas can focus a lot more on the perimeter than in the post in general, and so hopefully they should be able to challenge the 3 quite well today.”

6. Kansas has gotten some good contributions from freshmen guards Devon Dotson and Ochai Agbaji. What’s most impressive about Agbaji is he was originally redshirting to start the year as I recall. Describe the matchup between those guys against Auburn’s Jared Harper and Bryce Brown?

“I actually think that you are going to see Marcus Garrett and Devon Dotson matched up on those two, just because they are our two best defenders on the perimeter. Garrett was arguably the best defender in the Big 12 this year, in a conference that was very defense-heavy, but his offensive game just isn’t there unless he can find open lanes to drive to the basket. I am more worried about how well Dotson (and Garrett when he is out) is able to keep a handle on the ball and avoid costly turnovers.”

7. Who’s a player on Kansas team that flies under the radar that Auburn fans should be aware of?

“Got to be “Prison” Mitch Lightfoot, or as I like to call him, Mitch GOATfoot. He is definitely the energy guy on this team, the one that can come in 5 minutes into the first half and spark a quick run or shut down a particular player with his seemingly random block angles. He is an absolute beast down low against everyone except the tallest centers, because he has a habit of disguising where his defense is going and sneaking in at the last second to take away an angle or a shot. He leads the teams in charges taken, and he is quick enough to jump out and defend on the perimeter as well. I expect most of his contributions to be on the defensive end today, but don’t be surprised if he leads both teams in blocks while only playing 15 minutes or so.”

8. I think this is going to be one of the best games on Saturday. Who do you think wins and do you have a score prediction?

“I really want to pick the Jayhawks here, but I’ve been worried about the poise of this Kansas team for a long time now, and Auburn is uniquely equipped to take advantage of both of the big weaknesses of this KU team: 3-point defense and ball security on offense. I don’t think this will be a blowout either way, and it will go back and forth, but ultimately I think that Auburn pulls it out at the end.”

And with the winner of this game going to Kansas City and our love for BBQ, I asked Andy this question on behalf of AUChief.

Bonus Question: Non-game related but one of our writers wants to know how much you guys eat at Joe’s Barbecue in Kansas City?

“I don’t actually live in the KC area anymore, but I find it hard to imagine that people that do live there eat there all that often. But it’s not because it isn’t REALLY good, it’s just that there are approximately eleventy billion really good places in the metro area, and it’s hard to focus too much on any particular spot too much.”



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Auburn Baseball vs Mississippi State Game 1 Highlights

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Auburn vs. Kansas Game Preview and Open Thread

Auburn sits 1 win away from the Sweet 16. Now, a College Basketball bluebood sits in Auburn’s path to Kansas City.

Date: Saturday March 23rd

Opponent: Kansas Jayhawks

Location: Vivint Smart Home Arena - Salt Lake City, Utah

Time: 8:40PM

Network: TBS, Auburn Radio Network

Everybody caught their breath yet? Good...

Auburn did their best to give the fanbase a heart attack, a stroke, or whatever you want to call it before escaping their 1st Round matchup with a game New Mexico State squad 78-77. The Tigers are also the last 5th seed standing in the NCAA Tournament as the remaining 5 seeds all went home either Thursday or Friday. Let’s face it: the NCAA did Auburn no favors. They won 4 games in 4 days and many were surprised to see them slotted as a 5 seed. Then, they had to fly nearly 2000 miles to Salt Lake City only 36 hours after returning to Auburn, and then were given a morning start time on Thursday. It was the Tigers 5th game in 8 days and fatigue clearly played a factor in the end of that game. Now, Auburn’s had a few more days to get acclimated to Salt Lake City and some time to rest a bit. They also got the late game on Saturday instead of another early tip-off.

Now, one win stands in the way of Auburn making the Sweet 16, something’s that only happened 4 times in program history. The program standing in the way, the Kansas Jayhawks, who all-time has played in 31 Sweet 16s, 15 Final Fours and won 3 National Championships.

Get to Know Kansas...

As a team, the Jayhawks average 75.4 points a game this year, while giving up 69.6. They average 38.1 rebounds, 13.4 turnovers and shoot 35% from 3-point range.

Kansas failed to win at least a share of the Big 12 Title for the first time 15 years this season. They’ll dealt with injuries and suspensions to key players but find themselves in this spot after destroying Northeastern 87-53 on Thursday afternoon. Kansas is missing it’s next 2 leading scorers in LeGerald Vick and Udoka Azubuike. Vick took a leave of absence from the team at the beginning of February and won’t return to the team. Azubuike dealt with injuries all year, playing in just 9 games this year. He had a high ankle sprain earlier this year before returning for less than 2 games before hurting his wrist, ending his season. Azubuike is 7’1” and 270 pounds so he would have made a major difference for Kansas this year. All in all, that’s about 27 points per game Kansas lost in production this year. They have also been without the services of Silvio De Sousa this year who was suspended through the 2019-2020 season and was expected to have a big role on this year’s team. But onto the guys who will play tonight.

The Jayhawks are led by 6’9” junior forward Dedric Lawson (#1). Lawson, a transfer from Memphis, has had an incredible 1st season in Lawrence. He is averaging 19.3 points, and 10.3 rebounds a game. On Thursday, he had 25 points and 11 rebounds. He’s also an 80.8% free-throw shooter so even when he gets fouled by the Auburn bigs, he’s a good free throw shooter as well. He’s also a 38.4% 3-point shooter so in short, he’s going to be a handful for Auburn tonight. Auburn has faced Zion, Ja Morant, PJ Washington, and Grant Williams this year and he’s probably one of the best 5 players Auburn will face this season. Lawson may get his points but it’s imperative for the Tigers to not let other guys for Kansas get hot as well.

Freshmen guard Devan Dotson (#11) averages 12.3 points, and 3.5 assists a game and among Kansas players playing, he’s the 2nd leading scorer. He scored 18 points in the win over Northeastern. He’s been turnover prone a bit this year but his turnovers have decreased later on in the season. From 3, he’s a 36% shooter.

The next Kansas player I’ll highlight didn’t even play in the non-conference schedule because Bill Self was planning on redshirting him. But after Azubuike went down, Self had to insert freshmen guard Ochai Agbaji (#30) into the rotation and he’s made a huge difference for the Jayhawks. While averaging 8.9 points and 4.8 rebounds, Agbaji has the ability to go for 20+, as he did 3 times in Big 12 play. He had 13 points and 5 rebounds on Thursday.

Fellow freshmen guard Quentin Grimes (#3) comes in averaging 8.2 points a game. He only had 3 points against the Huskies on Thursday but he’s a player that can get hot from 3-point range. Sophomore guard Marcus Garrett (#0) averages 7.3 points a game. Garrett had 8 points Thursday but something worth noting, he had 15 rebounds in the Big 12 Tournament title game against Iowa State last Saturday.

What to Look for from Auburn...

Auburn doesn’t win on Thursday without the emergence of J’Von McCormick. McCormick scored a career-high 16 points on Thursday and has been an absolutely critical piece in the Tigers last 2 games. He played great in the SEC Tournament and he’s kept that momentum. It’s been very comforting know that when Jared Harper is in foul trouble, you have McCormick who can come in and steady the team.

Speaking of Harper, he led the team in scoring Thursday with 17 points. He fouled out with 15 seconds left on a very un-Jared Harper like play. I expect Jared to come back and play well in this one.

Another player that struggled on Thursday who needs to play well tonight is Bryce Brown. Bryce only made 2 3-pointers Thursday and scored 12 points. Kansas is known to give up a lot of 3s and this could be a game for Brown to atone for his near season-ending foul that allowed New Mexico State to have 3 free throws with a second left, with Auburn clinging to a 2-point lead.

Chuma Okeke vs Dedric Lawson is a matchup I’m excited about. Okeke did most of his scoring early but this would be another great opportunity for Okeke to have a 20 point showing, like he did against Tennessee in the regular season finale. In addition, Auburn will need some contributions from Austin Wiley, Horace Spencer, and Anfernee McLemore to counter Lawson and the other forwards for the Jayhawks.

Score Prediction

I’ve seen Auburn predicted to win this game by many people out there. I was more worried about the New Mexico State matchup (with good reason) to be honest. This is an Auburn team that’s been on a magical run this month. This is not a vintage Kansas team and Auburn tends to shoot better in a building where they’ve gotten a game under their belt. With Thursday behind them, I can see Auburn shooting a little better than they did on Thursday (12-31) from 3. I’ve felt good about this game all week and I’m sticking with my gut here and Auburn gets this W to keep this March run going!

Auburn 81 Kansas 76



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Auburn Baseball vs Mississippi State Game 1 Highlights



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