Monday, January 27, 2020

01-27-2020 SGA Senate Meeting

01-27-2020 SGA Senate Meeting

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1-27-20 News at 6

1-27-20 News at 6
1-27-20 News at 6

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Sports Night in Auburn 1.27.20

Sports Night in Auburn 1.27.20
Mary Leigh and Delaney take us through the last week on the plains in Auburn Athletics. Including Mens and Womens Basketball, Gymnastics and a couple of Assistant Coaches making news this week.

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AM Clouds/PM Sun today!

With a high of 57F and a low of 36F.

Monday Musings From The Plains

After dropping their last two games due to poor shooting Auburn basketball bounced back Saturday with a hot first half to win their SEC-Big 12 Classic game against Iowa State. The Tigers downed the Cyclones 80-76 with four Tigers scoring in double digits. Although the Cyclones made a game of it at the end, it was not enough to overcome Auburn’s fast start. 

The win sets up what could possibly be the Tigers’ biggest ever home game this Saturday when Bruce Pearl’s Tigers play Kentucky in front of a national audience. ESPN’s College Basketball Game Day will be on campus for the first time ever when the Wildcats come to town.

The Media giant is already billing it as a rematch of last year’s Elite Eight game between the two SEC Schools when an Auburn victory put the Tigers in the Final Four. You can be sure the Wildcats will be looking for some revenge. However, the Auburn Arena is a tough place for visiting teams. One thing’s for sure the place will be rocking.

But before the ESPN crew arrives to set up for Game Day, the Tigers have to take care of business on the road against Ole Miss Tuesday in Oxford, Miss. That game is set to be broadcast at 8 CT by either ESPN or ESPNU.

There was a lot of pressure on Gus Malzahn to win in 2019 but that pressure will rise exponentially in 2020. Can Auburn football be a national contender in 2020? I think they can.

Although the Tigers lost a ton of experience along the defensive line, Auburn has enough talent and resources to make a run at a national championship. And the Tigers have momentum heading into the new year after Gus Malzahn out coached Nick Saban in the Iron Bowl. 

That momentum got a boost this week when Auburn announced it signed defensive coordinator Kevin Steele to a three year contract. His $2.5 million dollar deal will make him the highest salaried DC in the nation. This writer believes Steele may be worth every penny of the new deal.

If new offensive coordinator Chad Morris can help improve the passing game, keeping Steele around may be just what is needed to get the Tigers in the playoffs. We’ll see …

San Francisco defensive end Dee Ford was a freshman when Auburn won the 2010 BCS National Championship and a senior when the Tigers played for a national championship in 2013. This Sunday, he will be taking the field at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium to face the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV. 

His appearance on football’s biggest stage marks the fifth straight year for an Auburn player to be in the Super Bowl. I don’t know about you but I’ll be pulling for Dee to win that coveted ring.

Until Next time …

War Eagle!

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Sunday, January 26, 2020

BOOM!!! Auburn Lands 4-Star JUCO Defensive Lineman Deandre Butler!

One of the top JUCO recruits in the country is headed to the Plains.

Auburn entered the month of November with a single defensive line commit in 3* Daniel Foster-Allen. While the Tigers 2020 class looked strong overall the gaping hole at the DL position made it hard to get too excited about the class just yet. At the same time, it was hard to really panic because Rodney Garner is one of the best closers in the business. Two months later he’s proven it again.

In early November, Auburn stole 4* DL Jay Hardy from the Vols. Later that month, Auburn stole 4* DL Zykeivous Walker from the Dawgs. On early signing day, Auburn flipped longtime Cane commit Romello Height. Today, Auburn just landed one of the nation’s best JUCO prospect in 4* Deandre Butler.

Rodney Garner doing Rodney Garner things once again.

This was a recruitment that really picked up late in 2019. Butler was not on many people’s lists heading into his redshirt freshman season at Independence Community College. That quickly changed. The Covington, GA was one of the most dominant forces in the JUCO ranks this past fall and in turn became a top priority for some big time programs such as Oklahoma and Oregon. Both Tennessee and Ole Miss tried to jump into the race last week with offers but it proved to be too late. The opportunity to play for Rodney Garner and a chance to contribute immediately for the Tigers in 2020 proved too much for any other team to overcome.


Scouting Report

Stats should not be used as the primary indicator for evaluating a prospect. That said, it’s hard not to ignore Butler’s gaudy statistical output from 2019. The Tigers’ new DL commit actually lead the Pirates in tackles from the defensive end position with 66. He also finished in the top 5 in the country in sacks with 11.5 and tied for 2nd overall in tackles for loss with 22. Put simply, this kid was incredibly productive this past season.

Butler is a fascinating prospect. You look at those totals and expect to see a speed demon rushing off the edge but that’s now what I see at all. In fact, Butler has what I would call a slow first step, often being the last player off the ball. However, he more than makes up for it with his impressive combination of hands and power. He does an outstanding job of stringing together pass rush moves to blow by would be blockers and there is no wasted movement to get to the QB. When he gets there he delivers some thunderous hits.

Given his massive 6’5” 280 lbs frame, I expect his future might be in the interior where he could become a dangerous pass rushing threat. At a minimum, he has the versatility to play out on the edge on run downs before sliding inside in obvious passing situations. I fully expect Butler to be an important piece of Auburn’s 2020 DL rotation.

The Class

Auburn is up to 24 pledges this cycle. Five now on the defensive line in Foster-Allen, Hardy, Walker, Height and Butler. Chances are good they aren’t done reloading the trenches either with eyes on 4* McKinnley Jackson, 4* Princely Umanmielen and 3* Marquis Burks. I expect one of those prospects (likely Burks) to sign with the Tigers come February. Once again, Rodney Garner has put together an outstanding defensive line class.

Butler’s commitment solidifies Auburn at the #7 spot in the 247 Composite Team Rankings. He’s also the 4th JUCO product in Auburn’s 2020 class. The Tigers likely won’t have any spots left open for graduate transfers so went hunting for impact players in the junior college ranks with great success this cycle.

There’s a chance Auburn could receive more good news in the near future when 3* TE Brandon Frazier makes his decision.

War Eagle Deandre!

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Cloudy today!

With a high of 56F and a low of 44F.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Auburn defeats Iowa State 80-76

Auburn defeats Iowa State 80-76
Auburn defeated Iowa State 80-76 in Auburn Arena for the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

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Samir Doughty and Isaac Okoro After Defeating Iowa State

Samir Doughty and Isaac Okoro After Defeating Iowa State

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Bruce Pearl After Auburn Defeats Iowa State 80 76

Bruce Pearl After Auburn Defeats Iowa State 80 76

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GAME RECAP: #16 Auburn 80, Iowa State 76

NCAA Basketball: Iowa State at Auburn John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Fast start, rough finish, same result... win #17.

Auburn had its way with Iowa State for about 38 minutes in today’s ballgame, and despite a messy finish, the Tigers escaped 80-76 to improve to 17-2 on the season.

It started much differently for Auburn than it has over the rest of the season, with a torrid shooting display from outside. The Tigers hit 9 threes in the first half and ran out to a lead for once, playing from ahead for nearly the entire time. In the end, it was Isaac Okoro who finished the job, scoring 19 points with 14 in the second half.

After falling behind 4-0 to start, Isaac Okoro hit the game’s first three, followed immediately by a J’Von McCormick triple to tie the game at 6. Back to back long balls from Anfernee McLemore and Samir Doughty double up the Cyclones, and after Danjel Purifoy and Jamal Johnson buried threes, Auburn led 29-18 with 8:47 left. Purifoy had another three at the end of the period, and the Tigers took a 42-31 advantage into the locker room. It was probably Auburn’s most efficient offensive half of the year, shooting 46% overall and 9-20 from the perimeter.

The second half began just as well as the first half finished, with Auburn increasing the lead. A 5-0 spurt pushed the margin to 16 out of the gate, and then a Purifoy three plus two McCormick foul shots gave the Tigers their largest lead of the day at 55-37 with 14:13 remaining. A 10-0 run by Iowa State midway through the half cut that margin to just 57-50, however, and Auburn had to find a way to break the pressure. They turned to Isaac Okoro, who scored just 5 points in the first half. Okoro took responsibility on his shoulders, driving with ease into the paint and scoring the next 19 points for Auburn in combo with Samir Doughty. Leading 78-64 with 2:32 to play, Auburn got tight and allowed Iowa State to pull back within just 5 points, but late free throws iced the game to the tune of an 80-76 victory.

Okoro’s 19 points led Auburn, while Rasir Bolton posted 23 for Iowa State. Samir Doughty added 18 points, with Purifoy and McCormick each scoring 11 points apiece.

Auburn’s inability to finish the game strongly was frustrating, but in the end the Tigers are 17-2 with a huge matchup against Kentucky set for next weekend. In the meantime, Auburn will head to Oxford to tangle with an Ole Miss team that bamboozled them twice last season. Today’s three point shooting exhibition was a much-needed sight and Auburn’s fast start was also extremely welcome. With Okoro and Doughty learning how and when they can take over games, it seems that the woes of last week are in the past, and the offense has gotten more reliable over the last two matchups. This will be an important week, and a chance for Auburn to get the biggest win of the season when the Wildcats come calling a week from today. War Eagle!aub

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Auburn basketball: Another game within a game

Throughout this Auburn season, I’ve highlighted some of the fun one-on-one match ups that Auburn basketball has helped create. We’ve seen Samir Doughty and Isaac Okoro versus Davidson’s back court, Doughty versus Andre Fox and (of course) Okoro vs Anthony “Ant Man” Edwards. Today we look at the next (potential) match up that should be on […]

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#16 Auburn vs Iowa State Game Preview and Open Thread

NCAA Basketball: South Carolina at Auburn John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

It’s Bagels with Bruce as the Tigers host another 11AM Game!

Date: Saturday January 25th

Opponent: Iowa State Cyclones

Location: Auburn Arena

Time: 11AM

Network: ESPNU, Auburn Radio Network

2 weeks ago, Biscuits with Bruce was a rousing success! Today, the hope is Bagels with Bruce will do the same. Don’t have a clue what I’m talking about, well...

Anyways, food aside, the Tigers will play another 11AM home game, this time as part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, as they welcome Iowa State to Auburn. This will be the Cyclones first ever trip to Auburn.

Auburn is 1-2 all-time against the Cyclones. Auburn’s lone win came back in 1986 in El Paso, Texas. Auburn lost to Iowa State in the 2000 NCAA Tournament and in the 1st year of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, a game played in Ames.

Get to Know Iowa State

The Cyclones have had a tough season, coming into Auburn 9-9 on the year. They had several players graduate and move on to the NBA after last season and seemingly haven’t found their footing this season. As a team, they average 76.2 PPG while giving up 72.1 PPG.

Sophomore Guard Tyrese Haliburton (#22) - 15.9 PPG, 7.4 APG, 5.9 RPG

Haliburton is one of the few guys that elected to return to Ames that could have gone to the NBA. He’s shooting 50% from the field and 41.1% from 3-point range. While he’s a great shooter, he’s also one of the best passing guards in the country and the numbers show that. Haliburton averages almost 37 minutes a game too so unless he gets into foul trouble, you’ll see #22 out there for pretty much the entire game. I’m excited to see the likes of Okoro and Doughty go up against Haliburton.

Sophomore Guard Rasir Bolton (#45) - 14.7 PPG

At the other guard spot, Rasir Bolton has had a nice season for Iowa State. This is Bolton’s first season in Ames as he transferred in from Penn State. He’s 2nd on the team with 26 made 3-pointers and averages 32.9% from distance. Bolton plays a lot of minutes as well as he played all 40 in the team’s last game against Oklahoma State, accounting for 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists.

Junior Forward Solomon Young (#33) - 8.9 PPG

Young comes into Auburn with a lot of confidence after a career-high 27 points, along with 9 rebounds against the Cowboys. He started the team’s first 14 games but has been coming off the bench in Big 12 play. He has struggled with injuries throughout his career but has been healthy this year and a big boost to Iowa State’s frontcourt.

Sophomore Forward George Conditt IV (#4) - 8.9 PPG

Conditt has started the last 4 games for Iowa State after spending all of non-conference play coming off the bench. But in the last 3 games, he’s struggled with foul trouble and has averaged just 5.2 PPG in his 4 starts. Conditt is 6’10” and will be a challenge for Auburn’s bigs in the paint.

Senior Guard Prentiss Nixon (#11) - 8.6 PPG

The other starting guard for Iowa State, Nixon has struggled from 3-point range this year shooting just 22.7% from 3. (Which means he’ll probably hit 4 today).

Senior Forward Michael Jacobsen (#12) - 7.6 PPG, 5.6 RPG

The other starting forward for Iowa State, Jacobsen is 10-30 from 3 and is the team’s 2nd leading rebounder behind Haliburton.

Keys for Auburn

How does Devan Cambridge follow up Wednesday night’s performance? That’s what I’m most curious to see happen today. Cambridge gave Auburn a much needed offensive spark scoring 26 points in just 21 minutes of action off the bench Wednesday. He hit 6 of Auburn’s 10 3-pointers Wednesday night.

Isaac Okoro played well on both sides of the ball, but was especially good as a distributor against South Carolina. He was able to set up several plays made by Cambridge. I still want to see him be more aggressive offensively but Auburn seemed to function well on Wednesday with the ball in Okoro’s hands with him getting the ball going towards the basket to either try and finish or pass to a teammate for an open shot.

Samir Doughty had a rough first half but scored 11 in the 2nd half. Perhaps Samir was able to find his groove and he’ll get back to his non-conference ways as Auburn returns to non-conference play for the final time this regular season.

Austin Wiley had 25 points the last time he played, (and Auburn for that matter) in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. It was his best game of his freshman year in a win at TCU. Wiley will look to replicate his good fortune in this event today.


Auburn will look to finish non-conference play a perfect 13-0. That’s what’s at stake today. Auburn responded well to an 11AM start a couple weeks ago against Georgia and the expectation is they’ll do it again. It’s been 4 years since Auburn has hosted the SEC/Big 12 Challenge and first time in it overall since 2017 when they won at TCU. Auburn needs to take care of business today and I think they will.

Auburn 79 Iowa State 67

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Mostly Sunny today!

With a high of 52F and a low of 35F.

Auburn Gymnastics v. Missouri Highlights 1.24.20

Auburn Gymnastics v. Missouri Highlights 1.24.20

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