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.
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