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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Track Basketball & More

photo courtesy of:  MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER

Auburn Track & Field competed in the NCAA Indoor Championships, and did so rather well. 
The Men finished 8th and the Women inside the Top 20. Read more about the competition HERE.

Of course the big news centers around Auburn Basketball, as it starts practices in San Diego, CA in preparation for the NCAA Tournament. 

Coach Bruce Pearl had the team go through some "more physical" practices this past week. "We weren't playing good enough to advance....Tuesday's practice should fix that" Pearl told the media. 

Auburn Baseball continues a hot streak as they put 12 runs on the scoreboard against Georgia Tech Tuesday evening at PLainsman Park. The 14th ranked Auburn Baseball Tigers improved their season record to 16-1.

Auburn Softball turned things around against Southern Miss this past weekend. After dropping the series against LSU last week, Coach Mickey Dean and the ladies, righted the ship with a double header, winning the first game 9-2 and then shutting out the Golden Eagles 5-0 in the nightcap. It was the 17th shutout of the season for the 10th ranked Tigers who improved to 25-5.

The 18th ranked Auburn Women's Tennis team continues firing on all cylinders. Coach Lauren Spencer's squad defeated Ole Miss and Alabama A and M this past weekend to improve to 15-5. 


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Auburn Makes History Again!

Auburn coach Bruce Pearl. photo courtesy of OANews

Tuesday the SEC and its coaches announced the post season ALL-SEC TEAM. To the shock of many, and the ire of most Auburn fans, history was both made, and ignored. 

For the first time in the history of All Conference Team nominations, not one first place team player made the first team selection.

**“I’m disappointed for the first time since …1956 was when they started putting on first- and second-team All-SEC (teams) and there’s never been a regular season champion that didn’t have a player on the first-team until this year,” Pearl said Tuesday afternoon in a media conference.

From where I sit this Wednesday morning, just hours away from the start of the SEC Basketball Tournament, I can't help but wonder, why?

Why would the coaches break tradition? Why is this Auburn team being shunned? Even if the other coaches hold past grievances against Bruce Pearl, why vote against his players too?

It seems to me that just earning your way onto lists for postseason accolades is not enough. The voters, in this case SEC coaches, have to make some sort of statement with their vote, instead of remaining neutral. 

The AP seemingly understands that a conference can't have a first place team without at least one player being selected as All-Conference first team. 

***"Auburn’s Bryce Brown and Arkansas’ Daryl Macon joined Maten, Williams and Sexton as first-team all-SEC selections.
The second team includes Auburn teammates Jared Harper and Mustapha Heron, Arkansas’ Jaylen Barford, Florida’s Chris Chiozza and Missouri’s Kassius Robertson."

**- From the Montgomery Advertiser
***- From the Washington Post

Monday, March 5, 2018

Tigers Complete Championship Season!

Auburn Basketball: 2018 SEC Champions!

That feels very good to say and type. For this team, after so much turmoil and adversity, to play its way to the championship title of the SEC regular season, is something I pray I never forget.

Without going into all this team has overcome, watching them draw closer together and fight for each other was sheer joy. 

Thank you Coach Pearl. Thank you coaching staff and all those behind the scenes for all you've done. Most of all, a large THANK YOU to all the players. Every single one of you. 

The SEC Tournament starts Wednesday. The Championship game will be Sunday. Below are the times, and dates of each game via Sporting News.

2018 SEC Tournament bracket, schedule

First round: Wednesday, March 7
No. 12 Georgia vs. No. 13 Vanderbilt, 7 p.m. SEC Network    
No. 11 South Carolina vs. No. 14 Ole Miss, 9:25 p.m. SEC Network   
Second round: Thursday, March 8
No. 8 Texas A&M vs. No. 9 Alabama, 1 p.m., SEC Network
No. 5 Missouri vs. No. 12/13, 3:25 p.m., SEC Network
No. 7 Mississippi State vs. No. 10 LSU, 7 p.m., SEC Network
No. 6 Arkansas vs. No. 11/14, 9:25 p.m., SEC Network
Quarterfinals: Friday, March 9
No. 1 Auburn vs. No. 8/9, 1 p.m., ESPN
No. 4 Kentucky vs. No. 5/12/13, 3:25 p.m., ESPN
No. 2 Tennessee vs. No. 7/10, 7 p.m., SEC Network
No. 3 Florida vs. No. 6/11/14, 9:25 p.m., SEC Network
Semifinals: Saturday, March 10
No. 1/8/9 vs. No. 4/5/12/13, 1 p.m., ESPN
No. 2/7/10 vs. No. 3/6/11/14, 3:25 p.m., ESPN
Championship: Sunday, March 11
TBD, 1 p.m., ESPN

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Welcome To March

Aubie. The #1 mascot in the land. Photo: Unnamed source

Hello again, and War Eagle everybody!

We start out day with a shout out to the Swimming and Diving teams. Auburn has had Nine women selected to the National Championships which start on March 5th, in Knoxville, TN. If you are anywhere near there, go support our Tigers!

It's officially March, and most of our Auburn sports teams are in full swing. 

Men's basketball ( 24-6 12-5 ) is getting ready for its last home game of the season. They will play host to South Carolina. Here's to sending the Gamecocks home with bruised egos. A win assures our guys at least a share of the regular season SEC Title.

Auburn softball ( 17-2 ) will be very busy from the 2nd through the 4th. Playing no less than six games while hosting the Wilson/DeMarini Classic.

Women's Tennis will match up against Vanderbilt, and Kentucky on the 2nd, and 4th respectively.

Auburn Track has landed six competitors in the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Spring practice has begun for our football team. Lots of work to be done, and several positions to sort out. More on this in a later post.

A-Day will be April 7th at JHS. The game starts at 3pm.