Monday, March 25, 2019

3-25-2019 SGA Senate Meeting

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3-25 Monday Night News at 6

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Auburn headed to the Sweet 16, the Big Event and more on tonight's news show!

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2019 Big Event

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Weekend Review: @ Mississippi State

#12 Auburn @ #2 Mississippi State

  • Friday: 6 - 5 W
  • Saturday: 15 - 2 L
  • Sunday: 20 – 15 L

It shouldn’t have been like this. It wasn’t supposed to be. This was supposed to be Burns vs Small, Owen vs Ginn and, if every card fell right, Davis Daniel vs James for State. It was supposed to be the Auburn offense against the starting pitching of State and could they knock them out to get to the suspect bullpen of the Bulldogs. And on the other hand, it was the State offense trying to do the same and test the freshmen arms the Tigers brought to town with Cody Greenhill leading the way. However, that’s not what we got. We got Tanner Burns, finally, unfortunately, looking human for the first time this year, and the Auburn offense passing its first test by knocking Small out of the game and getting a massive Friday Night win to do what was necessary in a road series, don’t get swept.

Saturday and Sunday were maddening afternoons for Auburn fans. Saturday was lost early as the Tigers just didn’t have the right arms to get the Bulldog bats to quiet down while it was near impossible to get anything started on JT Ginn and crew. Sunday was an offensive slug fest that saw State build a lead, only to have Auburn take it and run with it till the 7th, only to see State take it over again as neither team had a pitcher that could consistently get outs. State scored at least 1 run in every inning of game 3 capped by a 5 run 8th that put the game out of reach while both teams had 21 hits apiece. While it was a frustrating way to drop a series, take solace in this if you are an Auburn baseball follower. Auburn went to Starkville with 1 starting pitcher who didn’t have his best night and slugged it out with the consensus number 2 team (and the hottest team in the country) and probably should have taken the series from them, and that was missing 2 of their 3 best pitchers. Sure, a lot of work needs to be done with the young pitchers, but anyone who didn’t think that was kidding themselves. This is still a very good ball club, that definitely isn’t up for debate anymore after this weekend. The question now is, can this very good ball club pick up the pieces of a lost weekend and push to become a great team as guys get healthy and experience starts to grow.

Pitching Performance of the Weekend

This one is a pretty rough spot but I will go with Cody Greenhill’s Friday Night performance as the winner here. With State fans all over him, trying to distract Greenhill from a newly found 1 run lead, The Bull came in a only allowed a hit while striking out 2 in a huge 2 innings of work that will more than likely be forgotten in May but were so huge this weekend. Without that shutdown work against an absolutely scary Mississippi State offense, this might have been a lost weekend. Both Greenhill and Anderson, along with Burns after that 1st inning, were fantastic and just what Auburn needed to do what it had to and not get swept in Starkville.

Freaking yes.

Batting Performance of the Weekend

This weekend I was really taken with the performance of Conor Davis. Coach Thompson has remarked that Conor is starting to become more consistent with his at bats and I was eager to see if he was correct this weekend in person. Well, coach was right. Davis has always had the talent to be a pure hitter and I, personally have been waiting to have him hit it. He is starting to get there. The big junior went 8 for 11 on the weekend with a triple, 3 runs scored, an RBI and a walk. If Davis can keep that kind of production up, along with the bottom half of the lineup (Bliss, Howell, Ward and Scheffler), Auburn truly can go 1 through 9 and not have any true let up. It’s a very scary thing for clubs around the league if this continues.

On Deck

The Tigers head back from Starkville and make a pitstop in Montgomery for the Capital City Classic in Montgomery against Alabama. This is actually a horrible time for this game as Auburn’s pitching staff has all seen some type of action this past weekend in some way shape or form. Look for Garrett Wade to get the start again this week as he only saw 2 batters at State. From there, Auburn will hit the road again to take on South Carolina who has started the year 1-5 after dropping the series to Tennessee. Will Jack Owen be back for this series? How close is Davis Daniel? Can the Tigers take this series over a team that is reeling? Can Auburn once again take the Capital City Classic over an improving quickly Alabama team? All things will be answered in the next 7 days.

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The Big Event 2019

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PM Thunderstorms today!

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Sunday, March 24, 2019


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About Last Night: Auburn 89, Kansas 75

Sweet. Sixteen. Bound.

Hey, in case you missed it, Auburn destroyed one of the bluest blue bloods in college basketball on the way to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2003.

Auburn 89, Kansas 75. And it wasn’t nearly that close. When — in true Auburn fan fashion — we’re fretting over our 26-point halftime lead dipping below 20 points, you know that we may have arrived as a basketball school.

There’s a lot to get to, so we’ll just start with this blanket statement —


Seriously, look at the situation and the numbers.

  • Auburn was playing a true blue blood in the Kansas Jayhawks.
  • Auburn got blitzed in this round last year, losing by 31 to Clemson.
  • The Tigers barely escaped New Mexico State on Thursday.
  • It would be Auburn’s 6th game in ten days.

Those things above spelled trouble. We looked shaky and uneven after the slim win over the Aggies in the opening round, and it was evident that we were pretty tired playing in the elevation. Couple that with trying to get over last year’s Second Round hump, and there were a ton of reasons to be nervous about this meeting with the Jayhawks.

Now, let’s look at what Auburn did in the first half:

  • 55.6% shooting overall
  • 9-17 (53%) shooting from three-point range
  • 26 fastbreak points (just 1 for Kansas)
  • Bryce Brown: 5-6 from three, 17 points overall, and sole possession of second place all-time in career three-pointers in SEC history. He’s got 372 now, passing Shan Foster’s 367 early on in the first half.
  • Jared Harper: 14 points on 5-9 shooting and this dunk —

Meanwhile, Kansas shot less than 30%, hit only one three, and turned the ball over 8 times on the way to a 51-25 halftime deficit.

That was my face too, Chuck.

After the intermission, Kansas stepped up offensively, and started off really hot. They started 7-7 from the floor, but even with that streak, Auburn still held strong.

Auburn weathered the run that Kansas put together, and answered it with strong play on both ends of the floor. Overall, the second half was a bit nerve-wracking, but not overly stressful. When you’re sweating the size of your double-digit lead in the NCAA Tournament, you could have worse problems. This win is just part of the best streak in recent Auburn history. The Tigers have won ten straight games, including six straight postseason games.

It’s a cause for celebration.

I think the most amazing thing about this is that Bruce Pearl completely out-coached Bill Self. I know that Kansas has had a rough year, but the talent discrepancy is still real, and Auburn had those five-stars struggling to breathe in the first half.

Bill Self used all but one of his timeouts within the first few minutes of the game as his guys were getting blitzed up and down the court.

For these reasons and more, that was the best half of basketball that Auburn’s played in decades, and the Tigers got their 28th win of the season. With one more, they’d tie the 1998-99 team with 29 wins in a single season, but it’ll have to come against a tough opponent. As of this writing, 1-seed North Carolina’s leading 9-seed Washington at halftime, with the winner advancing to take on Auburn in Kansas City. Now, Auburn already rocked the Huskies in November, but they’re a better team now. If we get to see UNC, then the Tigers will just be stepping further down the blue blood road in this NCAA Tournament.

It’s been 16 years since Auburn last reached this point in the postseason, and that year run ended with a 79-78 loss to the eventual national champions. I think this Auburn team is better than that one was, and when we see them take the court again, they’ll be fully rested. Instead of having six games in ten days, it’ll be two games in the last ten days.

Right now, Auburn may be the most impressive team through to the Sweet Sixteen along with Purdue, who rolled Villanova last night. The Tigers are a draw that nobody wants to see on the other sideline, and that’s a completely foreign feeling for many Auburn fans.

As long as Bruce Pearl is on campus, that feeling is here to stay. War Eagle, everyone.

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Partly Cloudy today!

With a high of 76F and a low of 52F.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

GAME RECAP: Auburn 89, Kansas 75


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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