Sunday, December 9, 2018

Highlights of Auburn’s 82-72 Win Over Dayton by Auburn Einstein

Auhurn hosted a Dayton team that has made the post season 3 of the last 4 years. The Tigers led wire-to-wire, despite the Flyers making it interesting a few times. Auburn is 8-1 and faced UAB next Saturday.


About Last Night: Auburn 82, Dayton 72

A top-heavy scoring effort leads to a victory!

With the win over Dayton last night, Auburn improved to 8-1 on the year, and that means a lot. First, the highlights.

There’s a lot of Bryce Brown in there, and for good reason. He poured in a career high 34 points (22 in the first half) and was a big reason that Auburn never really got threatened despite being outshot, out-rebounded, and out-muscled a lot of the time against the Flyers.

Brown’s 34 and Harper’s 20 points provided the bulk of the scoring, and Samir Doughty had a fantastic night stuffing the stat sheet (8 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals), but other than that trio, nobody did much for Auburn.

Dayton shot 48% overall and from three-point range, and had a big edge on the glass (35-26), but this Auburn team can beat you in so many ways. With Bryce having a huge game, it wasn’t necessary for the frontcourt to make things happen, and they were the periphery of the attack. The defense was also incredible aside from the whole boxing-out portion of the game. Time and time again they made Dayton use almost all of the shot clock, and it wasn’t by the Flyers’ design. Auburn simply made it impossible for Dayton to find an open shot early in the possession. The game was much closer than it could have been because of the fact that Dayton shot so well. They hit some contested threes and a couple of last-second shots that normally wouldn’t fall with regularity.

As for Auburn, it was a little concerning getting dominated on the glass like that, but it’s really the first time that’s happened. Bruce Pearl wasn’t pleased after the game, and with good reason. The Tigers won fairly easily, and you never really felt like the game was in danger, but it wasn’t the smoothest of performances. Chuma Okeke did nothing in the game, and Anfernee McLemore missed a couple of wide open threes. If not for the great night by Bryce, it would’ve been close.

When your coach wants to talk about the Toys for Tots production and tout those numbers over anything else from the night, it wasn’t great below the surface.

Thankfully, Auburn’s got some good things on the horizon. First up, it’s a few days off to get ready for UAB (who’s definitely not great). The Blazers are 6-3, but haven’t beaten anybody of any worth, and the three losses were all by at least 18 points to Florida State, College of Charleston, and Memphis. Auburn shouldn’t have too much trouble taking down UAB next weekend in Birmingham, and especially not with the emotional boost that they’ll get from one addition to the roster.

It remains to be seen what kind of an impact Danjel Purifoy’s return to the team will have, and how the lineup will fall with him in the rotation, but it certainly can’t hurt. Right now, Auburn’s getting uneven performances with Chuma having a great night but Samir being off, or vice versa. If Purifoy comes in and can produce every single game, then the lineup possibilities may blossom. If he doesn’t have an impact right away, though... well, this is still a very good basketball team.

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GAME RECAP: Auburn 82, Dayton 72

Huge night from Bryce Brown paves the way for a solid win.

Bryce Brown dropped a career mark with 34 points, Jared Harper added 20, and Auburn beat the visiting Dayton Flyers 82-72 to improve to 8-1 on the season in the final game before the exam break.

The Tigers got the unbalanced scoring effort from the backcourt duo that shined in Maui, and they needed nearly all of the 54 combined points from Brown and Harper as the rest of the team had a bit of a subpar night. Dayton shot 48% from both the floor and three-point range, while also outrebounding Auburn 37-27, but it was 23 turnovers that the Tigers turned 32 points that made the difference in this game.

As usual, Auburn got off to a good start at home, using suffocating defense early and forcing Dayton into desperation shots late in the shot clock. The Tigers built a 17-4 lead at the 13:26 mark of the first half, but Dayton got hot from the floor and cut that mark to 23-19 six minutes later. Bryce Brown found his stroke at the end of the first half, hitting five free throws and three three-pointers in the final seven minutes to give Auburn a 51-32 lead at the half.

In the second period, Dayton cut the margin to just six at 58-52 with 13:31 left to play, but that was the closest they’d get the rest of the game. Auburn was able to use more of the clock and shorten the game in the second half despite not making many shots as Brown added 12 more points to help pace the Tiger offense.

In the end, Auburn shot 46% from the field (36% from distance), but made 14-17 free throws, and added 9 blocks and 10 steals. It was a game in which the stars shone, but the scoring was uneven. Either way, the Tigers got a win over a mid-major team that’s played everyone to the brink this season.

Up next, Auburn has a week off before meeting UAB in Birmingham on Saturday, December 15th. Tipoff for that game comes at 6:30 pm CST in Danjel Purifoy’s first game back from suspension.

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Bruce Pearl Dayton Press Conference

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Asa Martin Transferring

Auburn’s running back depth takes a hit.


Auburn lost a running back today when Asa Martin decided to transfer.

Martin played sparingly early in the year, getting snaps against Alabama State (2 carries for 13 yards), and then made a huge catch in the LSU game for 33 yards that helped the Tigers on a scoring drive. He also made a single catch against Southern Miss, but it was his only carry of the game against Mississippi State that was the death knell.

He played a special teams snap in the win over Arkansas, and that was technically his fourth appearance of the season. New rules for this year allow players to play in four games and still keep their redshirt if they so choose. Once Martin checked in against MSU in Starkville, he was ineligible for a redshirt, and would have no chance to preserve a year of eligibility despite barely being a factor in the offense. He finally got 10 carries in the win over Liberty before Thanksgiving, but that was after his fate had been sealed.

To be honest, the situation was bungled from start to finish. How a coaching staff doesn’t have someone who’s aware of the number of snaps that each player is playing is beyond me. It should be of special interest in instances like Martin’s, where he’s worried about keeping that year of eligibility while getting to grow in the system.

Instead, he’s gone. One of the highest-ranked recruits of his signing class, he was supposed to come in and be a feature back in Gus Malzahn’s system. Auburn won a recruiting battle for him against Alabama, but again it didn’t pan out and never paid off for either party.

His final stats for the season are pedestrian — 13 carries, 57 yards, 2 receptions, 36 yards. That’s it, and it’s frustrating from the perspective that Auburn needed all the offensive help it could get this year, and Martin’s role never materialized despite us hearing platitudes that “there was a package for him”.

Now, the depth chart takes a hit. The remaining players (not counting seniors) actually listed as “Running Back” on the roster are:

We’ve seen Whitlow, Shivers, and Kam Martin make an impact, and Malik Miller started becoming more of a feature back as the year went along, but at the same time, losing a talent like Asa is inexcusable with this year’s actions.

Auburn doesn’t currently have a running back committed for the upcoming recruiting class, so we’ll have to see how things shake out as the early signing date draws closer and closer.

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Auburn freshman running back Asa Martin announced on Twitter on Saturday that he’ll be transferring from the university.

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#8 Auburn vs. Dayton Game Preview and Open Thread

Saturday Basketball returns to Auburn!!!

Date: Saturday December 8th

Opponent: Dayton Flyers

Location: Auburn Arena

Time: 7:30PM

Network: SEC Network, Auburn Radio Network

To begin, I’m really fired up for this one! After 2 stress free games inside Auburn Arena, business picks back up this evening as Auburn welcomes the Dayton Flyers of the Atlantic 10 Conference to town. The Atlantic 10 has gotten off to a dreadful start this season so this is a huge game for their conference and looks for one of their league’s best to pull the upset. This also marks the first Saturday home game of the season and the first of 4 consecutive Saturday the Tigers will play. Tonight is also the final home game before final exams and the majority of the student body goes home for Christmas break.

Get to Know Dayton...

Former Alabama Head Coach Anthony Grant leads the Flyers into Auburn in the return of a home and home series that begin last year in Dayton, a 73-60 Auburn win. The Flyers have been tested so far in non-conference play and have played several really good teams close. Despite their 5-3 record, they’ve played some really good teams so far this year. Tonight’s matchup is their 3rd Top 25 opponent of the season. They lost by 7 to #4 Virginia, lost by 11 to Oklahoma and last Friday, they fell by 7 to Mississippi State in a game the Flyers led for the majority of the contest. Their best win so far in the young season was over Butler while playing in the Battle 4 Atlantis, in the Bahamas. The Flyers are averaging 72.9 points a game while holding opponents to an average of 64.4 points a game.

The Flyers are led by senior forward #0 Josh Cunningham. The 6’8” Chicago native is averaging 14.8 points and 6.8 rebounds a game. He is one of 4 Flyers averaging double figures so far this year. Sophomore guard #10 Jalen Crutcher leads the team minutes in is second in scoring with 13.5 points a game, and leads the team with 5.9 assists a game. He is also the team’s best 3-point shooter at 42.6%. One thing that both players struggle with is free throw shooting as both Cunningham and Crutcher are 52.9% and 57.1% free throw shooters respectively.

The other double figure scorers for Dayton are Freshmen forward #1 Obadiah Toppin averages 12.4 points a game and junior guard #3 Trey Landers averages 10 points a game. Other key contributors are junior forward #33 Ryan Mikesell averaging 9.8 points a game and sophomore guard #4 Jordan Davis averaging 9.5 points a game.

What to Look for from Auburn...

Hopefully for Auburn, they can overcome their worst offensive performance in their last game against UNC Asheville. Despite scoring just 67 on Tuesday, the Tigers are still averaging 86.4 points a game while giving up just 60 points a game. Defense has been a staple on this Auburn team so far, something that was a concern going into the season. I’m looking forward to seeing who Bryce Brown guards, I would imagine it will be Crutcher, and see how Crutcher fares against Auburn’s best defender. Offensively, look for a bounce back game from Bryce Brown, who only had 7 against UNC Asheville, his first game of the year not scoring in double figures. Samir Doughty had his best game since before Maui scoring 13 points, along with 6 rebounds on Tuesday night. Austin Wiley has been coming on the last few games and I have a gut feeling this could be his first 20 point game of the season tonight. This was mentioned on the Orange and True Podcast this past week (Shameless Plug), but Wiley is averaging 29.7 points per 40 minutes, a remarkable statistic.

Also worth noting, this is the final game that Danjel Purifoy has to sit out due to suspension, so it will be interesting to see some of the combinations on the court tonight as Purifoy returns a week from tonight against UAB in Birmingham.

Score Prediction

Auburn will be tested in this game which is something this team needs after a lackluster offensive performance against UNC Asheville. It was no secret that the Tigers did not play well offensively and hope to get back on track tonight. I think Dayton will keep this game close, but in the end, I think Wiley and Brown are the biggest difference makers and Auburn gets the victory.

Auburn 81 Dayton 65

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‘Dream come true’: Auburn legacy commit Bo Nix leads Pinson Valley to state title in Tigers’ Jordan-Hare Stadium

Bo Nix took the snap, in victory formation, and went down to his knee, then down to the turf, splayed across the grass on a field he knows so well.

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Join the 2018-19 War Blogle Bowl Pick ’em by The WarBlogler

The 2018-19 bowl season is nearly upon us, so it’s time to pick some games. We have six of them starting on December 15th, so you best hurry. I want this to be the biggest War Blogle Pick ’em of all time.


As you’ve done or should’ve done in the past, head on over to my ESPN group and start picking. I’ve set it up with confidence points, so you’ll need to set that as well. You’ll need an account, but that takes two seconds, so no excuses. If it asks you for a group password, it’s warblogle. If you’ve been in the pick ’em before, you may see a ‘Rejoin’ button. If you see that button, click it.

The overall winner will win an Auburn Hover Helmet. The next few may get some stickers or something. The good stuff.

I’ll post the standings as we go along, so you can see how impressively I’m doing from the top. Again, the games start on December 15th so get to picking. Prizes. Competition. Do it.


Auburn Holiday Lighting Ceremony

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