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January 2018

Audio: Bruce Pearl and Jared Harper meet with media before road test

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Auburn basketball has climbed their way this season to the 11th ranked spot in the AP Poll. The Tigers handled LSU and Missouri this past week and will look to take on Ole Miss on the road Tuesday night at 8 o’clock. The SEC Network will have the coverage. Bruce Pearl and Jared Harper spoke with the media to discuss the win over LSU and the upcoming road game against Ole Miss.

Bruce Pearl

Jared Harper

The Lunch Break Podcast: Auburn Basketball is a Complete Team!

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Welcome to The Lunch Break Podcast. On the show Monday, Zac Blackerby and Noah Gardner are joined by Josh Vitale to discuss Auburn Basketball stats and the AP poll that ranks Auburn at number eleven!

The Lunch Break Podcast:Auburn Basketball is a Complete Team!

Use the following time marks to navigate the podcast:

Start of show: Zac and Noah open on Auburn’s game against LSU and the AP poll rankings!
28:00 – minute mark: Zac and Noah are joined by Josh Vitale to discuss Auburn basketball stats and whats to come on the road.
End of the show: Zac and Noah wrap things up with basketball defensive team stats!

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The Drive Podcast 01.26.18

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Welcome to The Drive Podcast. On the show Friday, Bill Cameron and Dan Peck discuss Auburn basketball’s matchup with LSU, some of the SEC-Big 12 Challenge games and another weekend of football official visits.

The Drive Podcast:

Use the following time marks to navigate the podcast:

  • Start of the show: Auburn-LSU basketball game
  • 15-minute mark: Auburn football official visits and other recruiting topics
  • 56-minute mark: How important are bowl games outside of the College Football Playoff?
  • End of the show: Plans for the weekend

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PECK’S PICKS: AU HOOPS ON THE RISE

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– By Dan Peck, Contributing Writer to ESPNAU.com –

Auburn University’s men’s basketball team is having a historic season. After winning 91-73 at Missouri on Wednesday night, the #19 Tigers have improved their conference record to 6-1. It’s the fifth time this season Auburn won a conference game by double digits. It was Auburn’s third SEC road win, something other Auburn teams in recent memory couldn’t accomplish in an entire season.

In short order, the Auburn Tigers have become a must-watch basketball team. The arena is packed, the games are exciting, and the coach is beloved. Barring off-the-court calamity, this season seems as though it could be the mere foundation of something much more substantial: a consistent winner.

Even though they haven’t been winning for very long and the absence of suspended center Austin Wiley would lead one to think the team is shorthanded, it would be a mistake to look at head coach Bruce Pearl’s roster and see a group of plucky underachievers. Pearl’s team is unafraid, emotional, and able to score points in a vast variety of ways. When Bryce Brown and/or Jared Harper make threes, Auburn looks like a team that can beat anyone in the country.

Making Auburn’s season even more remarkable is the fact that they’re accomplishing this in a season in which the conference is deeper than usual. Virtually every home arena in the SEC is a difficult place to get a victory, and some of the teams in the middle of the pack are streaky enough to beat anyone else in the conference on a good night. Amid that crowded field, Auburn has emerged as one of the major stories of the 2017-2018 college basketball season, and Bruce Pearl is making a very convincing case for various coaching awards.

How far can Auburn go? The team isn’t without flaws. The team’s lack of interior size can be exploited, the team can go ice cold from three, and the guards can make crucial mistakes when trying to carry the team. However, its strengths outweigh its weaknesses, and the team could be a popular dark horse pick to succeed in the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

QUICK PICKS

– Saturday afternoon’s Oklahoma @ Alabama basketball matchup features a meeting between two of the best guards in college basketball: Oklahoma’s high-scoring Trae Young and Alabama’s do-it-all Collin Sexton. Oklahoma needs Young to be great, while Alabama hopes they can contain him and get sufficient production from its own backcourt.

– I never thought I’d ever see a gap between the respective Super Bowl quarterbacks as wide as Rex Grossman vs. Peyton Manning, but Nick Foles vs. Tom Brady might do it. It will be an amazing story if Nick Foles can pull off the victory; he stepped in for the leading MVP candidate and led a team to its first championship in an eternity. Unfortunately, Tom Brady is the villain in a monster movie. The Patriots were on the ropes against the Jags, needing to be something close to perfect in the final minutes in order to rally from behind. They did it. Of course they did it. There’s a way for the Eagles to win, but picking against Tom Brady? Couldn’t be me.

– I still haven’t fully caught up on my Oscar viewing, but I like seeing all of the acclaim for LADY BIRD, a truly fantastic movie. I loved GET OUT, and seeing it in a crowded theater was one of the most fun moviegoing experiences I’ve ever had. I was frequently awed by the scale and ambition of DUNKIRK. I’m dying to see THE SHAPE OF WATER and PHANTOM THREAD. Also, I really liked THE BIG SICK and THE DISASTER ARTIST; it’s nice that both of the writing teams who composed those screenplays were recognized.

– Saturday, Auburn beats LSU behind strong games from Brown and Harper and yet another 50-point second half.

Enjoy the games!

The Lunch Break Podcast: Auburn Hosting Six Recruits This Weekend!

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Welcome to The Lunch Break Podcast. On the show Friday, Zac Blackerby and Noah Gardner are joined by Ben Wolk to discuss all things Auburn recruiting!

The Lunch Break Podcast: Auburn Hosting Six Recruits This Weekend!

Use the following time marks to navigate the podcast:

Start of show: Zac and Noah open on Jarrett Stidham’s shoulder and Auburn basketball.
47:00 – minute mark: Zac and Noah are joined by Ben Wolk to discuss all things Auburn recruiting!
End of the show: Zac and Noah touch on Jarrett Stidham’s shoulder again and Auburn’s Basketball game against Central tonight!

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Riley’s Ramblings: The SEC Leading Tigers Playing Their Best Basketball of The Season

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The number 19 team in college basketball is not looking back on their loss at Tuscaloosa as they get two huge wins over Georgia and Missouri. Auburn passed a big road test when they went to Missouri, in fact they were a 1.5 point underdog before tip. They held a nine point lead early in the second half and allowed it to slip into a one point lead, but did an incredible job of not letting Missouri take the lead and ran away with the win. Auburn held a slim 50-51 lead with 13:15 left in the second half and Missouri appeared to have a lot of the momentum. From that point, Auburn went on an incredible 40-23 run the rest of the game resulting in a 91-73 win for the Tigers.

 

If Auburn can keep momentum for long periods of time on the road, they will be unstoppable on both sides of the ball. Jared Harper’s vision and shooting are continuing to impress everybody at Missouri. Harper led the team with 21 points- 15 of them coming from the three point line and six assists. When Harper gets the hot hand, he is liable to make from almost anywhere and still has great vision inside.  Mustapha Heron had a couple of good performances following a tough game at Alabama. Heron recorded 14 points against Georgia and Alabama and cut back on the turnovers (just one in each game).

 

 

As a team, Auburn also proved to have sound fundamentals with better ball control in their last two games. Auburn also shot 88.5% from the free throw line at Missouri and 90.5% against Georgia, which is always a big key to getting the win- especially late in the game. Auburn is an extremely well coached team with a lot of heart, and it shows with having the best record in the SEC. (below) Auburn looks like they are already a lock for the NCAA Tournament, which would be their first appearance since 2003. And ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has Auburn as a projected four seed in the NCAA Tournament, which would be the best seeding since 1999.

After Florida’s loss to South Carolina on Wednesday night, Auburn holds the best conference and overall record in the SEC

 

If Auburn can continue to roll in conference play, a four seed (or better) is not too far-fetched.

 

Riley Hubbard

ESPN 106.7

rhubbard@aunetwork.com

 

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The Drive 01.25.18

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Welcome to The Drive Podcast. On the show Thursday, Bill Cameron and Chuck Furlow discuss Auburn basketball’s victory over Missouri with former coach Sonny Smith and Auburn’s upcoming baseball season with Clint Davis of the Auburn Diamond Club. 

The Drive Podcast: Auburn blows out Missouri to reclaim sole possession of first place in the SEC

Use the following time marks to navigate the podcast:

  • Start of the show: Auburn’s win over Missouri
  • 18-minute mark: Auburn basketball’s recruiting expectations moving forward
  • 37-minute mark: The guys are joined by former Auburn basketball coach Sonny Smith
  • 48 – minute mark: The guys are joined by Clint Davis of the Auburn Diamond Club to talk Auburn baseball
  • End of the show: Return of the XFL and preview of Auburn’s spring football schedule

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