Wednesday Ramblings From The Plains (Respecting Auburn Basketball Edition)

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Wednesday Ramblings From The Plains (Respecting Auburn Basketball Edition)

Has there ever been a major conference basketball champion more disrespected than the Auburn Tigers? The selection committee had the winners of the SEC Tournament travel to Salt Lake City, further than any other league champion, to play in a region loaded with blue blood programs. After playing four days in the SEC Tournament the Tigers were given the earliest possible tip off.

Yet in the span of 14 days the Tigers blew out Tennessee, Kansas, and North Carolina and then defeated Kentucky in overtime (without their best player) to win the region and advance to the Final Four. Adding insult to injury, this team of giant killers failed to have even one guy named All-American. How does that happen?

Moving forward, the Tigers may be facing their toughest challenge to date when they face Virginia (33-3) Saturday in Minneapolis. It has to be the toughest match-up so far for the Tigers (30-9).

Can they play with the same intensity as they have during their 12 game winning streak without Chuma Okeke in the lineup? Can they pull off another big win on basketball’s biggest stage? Many have already written their chances off. However, so did the “experts in the SEC Tourney and then the Midwest Regional. And look how that turned out.

The excitement over the basketball team’s post season success has morphed news of other sports usually covered this time of year. Most note-ably Auburn football is in the middle of spring practice. As expected, the main focus this year is at the vacant quarterback position. Many in the press had already anointed incoming freshman Bo Nix to be the starter. However, news coming from the Plains is that Nix is in a tight race with red shirt freshman Joey Gatewood. Don’t expect Coach Malzahn to make an announcement till August. 

The good news so far is that running back Boobee Whitlow is back at full speed after being limited in 2018 with a shoulder injury.

The Auburn Baseball team completed an eight-game road trip and returnd home this week for a four game home stand at Plainsman Park. The Tigers are 22-7 and begin a three game series aginst Arkansas Thursday. First pitch will be at 6:30 CT.

The No. 1 Auburn equestrian team has won another Title. The Tigers beat Texas A&M, 11-6 lat week to win the program’s second Southeastern Conference Championship. The Tigers are now 15-0 on the season and are on pace to repeat as national champions.

Returning to basketball news. If your like me and wanted to attend the game but couldn’t make the trip to the land of tundra, the university is hosting a watch party in the Auburn Arena Saturday. The CBS broadcast will be shown on the video board. Seating will be on a first come, first serve basis with doors opening at 3 p.m. CT. Tip off is sceduled at 5:09 CT.

So if your in the Auburn area why not come to the Arena. After all, there’s no better place to watch the game than with thousands of your best friends wearing orange and blue.

Until next time, War Eagle and …

Beat Virginia!

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