Friday, January 22, 2021

2021 Auburn Baseball Schedule Released

NCAA Baseball: College World Series-Auburn vs Mississippi State
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Auburn Baseball is right around the corner!

Butch Thompson’s Auburn Baseball Team will be back on the field and playing games again sooner than we realize.

Expectations are high for this Tigers that went to the 2019 College World Series and was set for a big year in 2020 before COVID ended the season prematurely.

Four weeks from today, the Auburn Baseball team will begin their season as they will host Presbyterian February 19-21 at Plainsman Park.

The non-conference schedule is highlighted by a trip to Texas for the Round Rock Classic where Auburn will face a pair of Big 12 opponents, Oklahoma and Baylor, and close with fellow SEC foe Texas A&M February 26-28.

Midweek home games include in-state foes Alabama A&M, Jacksonville State, UAB, Samford and North Alabama.

They will also travel to Birmingham twice to face UAB and Samford, Montgomery to play South Alabama and return to the site where they won the Atlanta Regional in 2019 as they will face Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

The Tigers will host Kentucky, Mississippi State, Florida, LSU and Texas A&M in SEC play while traveling to Ole Miss, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia and Missouri.

Our resident baseball expert Drew McCracken will have plenty more in the coming weeks of what should be an exciting of Tigers Baseball! War Eagle!

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Auburn baseball: Blake Rambusch commits to program

Blake Rambusch took to Twitter this evening to officially announce his commitment to the Auburn baseball program. Hailing from Georgetown, Texas, Rambusch was on the Fall 2019 baseball roster at Grayson College. Excited to announce that I have committed to play baseball at Auburn University! #WarEagle — Blake Rambusch (@BlakeRambusch) January 21, 2021 Primarily […]

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Auburn basketball news: Jared Harper and Bryce Brown reunite with WC Knicks

In news that will undoubtedly warm the hearts of Auburn basketball fans everywhere (I have to assume there are newcomers jumping on the Sharife Cooper bandwagon), Jared Harper and Bryce Brown are reunited in orange and blue:  Your Westchester Knicks ⓡⓞⓢⓣⓔⓡ Who are you most excited to see? Full roster ➯ — Westchester […]

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Auburn football rumors: Is Big Kat Bryant coming back?

Yesterday, we reported that Big Kat Bryant deleted his Twitter announcement committing to the University of Tennessee. Today, in more social media shenanigans, Big Kat may have just announced his return to Auburn football: Big Kat back? (Via @SethWRLD_) — The Jboy Show (@thejboyshow) January 22, 2021 After declaring his plans to attend Tennessee […]

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Auburn football: Offensive lineman Kamaar Bell to enter transfer portal

As of today, a member of the Auburn football program’s reserve offensive line has put his name into the NCAA transfer portal according to Matt Zenitz of Kamaar Bell, a 3-star recruit, was a member of the Tigers’ 2019 class. Bell played in only one game for the Tigers, making his debut at Jordan-Hare […]

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LOCKED ON AUBURN: Eli Stove joins the show, Auburn Basketball Recap

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On today’s Locked On Auburn, Zac Blackerby is joined by former Auburn wide receiver Eli Stove. The guys discuss his time at Auburn, what his path to the NFL looks like, and the future of Auburn’s offense.

Blackerby then recaps Auburn basketball’s loss to Arkansas and touches on some stories related to Auburn football.

You can hear the full podcast below.

You can hear Locked On Auburn on College and Mag wherever you get your podcasts.

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Auburn football: Fans and players react to Bert Watts hire

The Auburn football coaching staff has filled every vacancy now that Bert Watts has been named the special teams coordinator/outside linebackers coach. Bryan Harsin’s first (and, if all goes well, longtime) coaching staff is a mix of familiar faces from Boise State, opposing SEC schools, and holdovers from Gus Malzahn’s staff (and thus, familiar faces […]

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Auburn football: Bryan Harsin hires Bert Watts to complete staff

As of today, Auburn football head coach Bryan Harsin has completed his first coaching staff with the hiring of his tenth assistant: Bert Watts. Source: Auburn is expected to hire Bert Watts to round out Bryan Harsin’s on-field staff. Watts spent last season as Memphis’ linebackers coach, and before that was Fresno State’s DC for […]

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Bryan Harsin’s Inaugural Staff Is Complete

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Auburn’s 2021 coaching staff is finally complete.

“Do you want it done right, or do you want it done right now?”

That’s long been one of Bryan Harsin’s mantras and an idea in action that Auburn fans have experienced over the past few weeks while the Tigers new head coach built out his 2021 coaching staff. That long and not very visible process is finally complete with the hiring of Memphis linebackers coach and former Fresno State defensive coordinator Bert Watts.

He will reportedly serve as Auburn’s OLB coach and special teams coordinator in 2021.

Watts played at Cal in the early 2000s leading the team in tackles in 2002. He bounced around to a number of different gigs early in his career including stints in high school in Florida and the NFL before landing the DC job at UC Davis. He was hired to coach linebackers at Fresno State in 2017 and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2018. That season, the Bulldogs finished ranked #12 on defense per SP+ on their way to a Mountain West Championship which included a victory of Bryan Harsin in the title game.

That also means that Auburn fan favorite and long time linebacker coach Travis Williams will not be returning to the Plains this fall. It will be interesting to see where T-WILL lands especially if it’s in the SEC. New coaches Jeff Schmedding and Bert Watts will be under a lot of scrutiny from Auburn fans heading into the 2022 recruiting cycle.

Here’s the final breakdown of Auburn’s 2021 on field coaching staff.

  • Head Coach: Bryan Harsin
  • Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks: Mike Bobo
  • Running Backs: Carnell Williams
  • Wide Receivers: Cornelius Williams
  • Tight Ends: Brad Bedell
  • Offensive Line: Will Friend
  • Defensive Coordinator/Safeties: Derek Mason
  • Run Game Coordinator/Inside Linebackers: Jeff Schmedding
  • Defensive Line: Tracy Rocker
  • Outside Linebackers/Special Teams Coordinator: Bert Watts
  • Cornerbacks: Zac Etheridge

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Arkansas 75, Auburn 73

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GAME RECAP: Arkansas 75, Auburn 73

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at Auburn
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A poor second half and a bacon-y rally give Auburn a painful road loss.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, wrote a wise man quite a few years ago in his book The Tale of Two Cities. This was the tale of two halves as Auburn rolled up a huge lead in the first half at Bud Walton Arena and watched helplessly as Arkansas erased it to score the season sweep of the Tigers, winning 75-73.

While Sharife Cooper was the centerpiece of Auburn’s offense, finishing with 25 points, he had little help and was partially taken out of commission with a concerted double team effort throughout the second half. Arkansas got a huge performance from Desi Sills, who provided the emotional support as well as on-court offense with 22 points.

Auburn came out on fire in a place where they haven’t had a ton of success. Jamal Johnson’s three a minute in gave the Tigers a lead they’d keep for the next 26 minutes, and the road blues kept pouring it on after that. Another field goal from Johnson gave the Tigers a 7-6 lead at the first media timeout, but Auburn would create separation with hard defense and a smooth percentage from the floor. Johnson’s second three doubled the Hogs at 12-6, and back-to-back buckets by Allen Flanigan and Sharife Cooper pushed Auburn’s edge to 21-8 at the midway point of the first half.

The lead kept increasing steadily as we neared halftime, with Auburn pushing it to 16 points on a dunk by Dylan Cardwell with seven minutes remaining, and then it hit the largest lead of the game at 19 points on Cooper’s second triple with 4:17 left and Auburn up 37-18. After that, the tone changed completely in favor or Arkansas.

First, the Razorbacks got two buckets from Jalen Tate in a short span, the second of which came from downtown and cut the margin to 13 points. Arkansas would slice the lead to an even 10 points, but Cooper hit a pair of foul shots in the closing seconds to give Auburn a 43-31 lead at the break.

Out of halftime, it was all Arkansas. A three from Jaylin Williams (Arkansas’, not Auburn’s) and a three-point play from Desi Sills brought Arkansas back withina. 45-41 deficit, before Jalen Tate’s jumped tied the ballgame at 47-47 with 15:02 left to play. The Hogs had run out a 16-4 run to start the half in knotting the contest. They took their first lead on a Jaylin Williams dunk moments later, but the lead pinballed back and forth over the next few minutes.

Auburn got a pair of threes from Javon Franklin to help a tepid offensive stretch, but Arkansas started to create a little room with Desi Sills attacking in the paint. His two foul shots gave the Hogs a 60-56 lead, and Auburn’s 17th turnover gave the ball back to Arkansas as we hit the under-8 timeout of the second half. After Arkansas had built a 66-60 edge, J.T. Thor hit a monster three to keep Auburn in it, and Sharife Cooper’s two foul shots pulled the Tigers within a 68-65 deficit, but Arkansas led 70-65 at the final timeout of the game.

The lead continued to grow, getting up to a 74-66 ballgame with 2:40 to play, but Auburn hung around and strung together a 5-0 run in the next minute. Eric Musselman called timeout after J.T. Thor stripped Davonte Davis, leading to a Cooper follow bucket to pull within one basket at the 1:41 mark. Cooper followed with a strong drive after a Razorback miss to cut the lead to 74-73 as the final minute ticked past, but his last second drive and shot fell off the mark in heavy traffic with just two seconds remaining.

In the end, Arkansas went from shooting 39% in the first half to shooting over 60% in the second half, while getting more aggressive on defense. Meanwhile, Auburn did just the opposite, shooting 59% in the first half before dropping down near 30% for the final frame. Auburn also had more trouble with turnovers, despite the odd relativity of 12 turnovers in the very successful first half, and fewer in the poor second half. The double team of Sharife Cooper was the key on defense for Arkansas, as once again Auburn didn’t have a reliable second piece of offense tonight. After Allen Flanigan finished with a career-high against Kentucky, he all but disappeared tonight. The Tigers desperately need Justin Powell to return from injury to give Auburn that extra weapon.


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Auburn football: Tigers extend offer to Jordan Moko

National Signing Day is two weeks away and Auburn football is still looking to fill 13 open spots–one of which could be filled by Jordan Moko. One of Auburn football’s newest hires did his first bit of recruiting work for the Tigers: After a great conversation with @CoachWillFriend I’m blessed to receive an offer from […]

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Auburn at Arkansas Game Preview and Open Thread

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at Auburn
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Auburn heads to Fayetteville looking to even the season series.

Wednesday January 20, 2021

Auburn Tigers at Arkansas Razorbacks

Bud Walton Arena - Fayetteville, Arkansas

Time: 8 PM

Network: SEC Network, Auburn Radio Network

Three weeks ago in the SEC Opener, Arkansas came into Auburn Arena and overcame 15 3-pointers in a 97-85 win over the Tigers. Tonight, Auburn looks to return the favor. Auburn has won their last 2 games over Georgia and Kentucky after an 0-4 start to the SEC. Sharife Cooper has made a, as expected, dramatic difference on the state of this basketball team, averaging 21.7 PPG along with 9.7 APG.

Let’s Get Reacquainted (Arkansas)

While things have been looking up lately for the Tigers, the same cannot be said for the Hogs. Arkansas comes into tonight’s game having lost 4 of their last 5 games since beating Auburn and sit, like Auburn, at 2-4 in SEC play. Their lone win was against Georgia by 30 and lost at home to Missouri and narrowly to Tennessee in Knoxville. Then last week was a rough one as Arkansas lost by 16 at LSU and then by 31 at Alabama on Saturday.

Moses Moody - 17.6 PPG, 5.9 RPG

Moody had 16 points and 6 rebounds in the first game. He was the lone bright spot against Alabama scoring a career high 28 points and also had 9 rebounds. Moody is shooting 38.9% from 3 and has one-and-done potential.

JD Notae - 15.1 PPG

Notae had 21 points against the Tigers in the first matchup.

Desi Sills - 11.3 PPG

Sills had a season high 23 points in the win over Auburn back on 12/30.

Justin Smith - 10.9 PPG

The Indiana transfer got hurt early in the first matchup but returned on Saturday against Alabama.

Jalen Tate - 10.4 PPG

Tate had 12 points and 4 assists against Auburn.

Connor Vanover - 7.5 PPG

The 7’3” center had his best performance in SEC play against the Tigers going for 17 points and 7 rebounds. He has played less than 10 minutes over the last 3 games and came out of the starting lineup against the Tide.

Keys for Auburn

Since the start of the 2015-2016 season, the Tigers are 14-2 in games where they make 15+ 3s in a game. As for the two losses: 2019 at LSU and the team’s previous matchup 3 weeks ago. Auburn was 15-29 in the game. I don’t see Auburn making 15 3s in this one but it would be nice to see the Tigers shoot a respectable percentage from distance tonight.

Auburn has struggled from 3 over the last 3 games shooting just 16-71 from distance (22.5%). The Tigers will have Sharife Cooper for this matchup and the one area he has struggled with so far is 3-point shooting. He is just 1-16 from 3-point range in the 3 games he has played so far this year.

It’s a homecoming for a trio of Tigers as Allen Flanigan, Chris Moore and Javon Franklin return to their home state for this one.

Flanigan is coming off a career high 21 points and also had 9 rebounds against Kentucky. He had his first career double-double in the previous meeting scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Josh Vitale had a great article about his leap from Year 1 to Year 2 earlier this week.

Chris Moore has missed the last few games due to a wrist injury but hopefully Auburn will get him back tonight to help provide Auburn with even more bench production. Javon Franklin should get some minutes as well as he has the last several games.

Speaking of bench production, Devan Cambridge has scored in double figures in all 3 games off the bench and knocked down a trio of 3-pointers against the Cats.

J.T. Thor had a stretch between the 4-8 minute mark that showed the potential he has to be a NBA player. He was dominant on both ends of the floor including steals on back to back possessions as Auburn stretched the lead out to 10 with about 5 minutes to go. As Thor continues to click, it makes this team even more dangerous going forward.


These teams are moving in opposite directions at the moment but this is a must win for Arkansas if they want to continue their NCAA Tournament aspirations. Auburn just has to worry about player development and winning games at this point. The Tigers came back to win a rare game at Bud Walton last year thanks to the #55 jersey worn by J’Von McCormick in a thrilling OT win.

Auburn had a combined 12 turnovers between Flanigan and Justin Powell, the two guys who ran the Point for Auburn in the previous matchup. Having Cooper will make a difference and I like the way the Tigers are playing right now so while I don’t have a ton of confidence with this pick, I’m going with Auburn.

Auburn 81 Arkansas 75

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