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February 2018

Hangin’ and Shwangin’ With J-Ferg

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On the show Tuesday, Justin Ferguson joins Zac and Painter to preview Auburn Basketball’s matchup against Alabama and adjusting to the loss of Anfernee Mclemore.

To help navigate the podcast please use these timecodes:

Start of show- The guys talk Auburn basketball, the AP poll, and who needs to step up after the loss of Anfernee.
15:00 – Louisville getting punished and the removal of their 2013 title.
25:00 – Will Marquis McClain step up as a deep threat for the Tigers?
40:00 – Freshman that can make a difference for the football team next season
50:00 – The AP Poll
 1:24 – NBA All Star weekend and Charles Barkleys birthday!

Auburn High Boys And Girls Play For a Trip To The AHSAA Finals in Birmingham

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The Auburn High Boys and Girls basketball teams are just a win away in regional championshp in Montgomery. The Auburn High girls will battle Robert E. Lee High School at 3:00, then the boys will take on area foe Central at 4:45. Scott Bagwell and Noah Gardner will have live coverage from Dunn–Oliver Acadome in Montgomery for both games on ESPN 106.7 beginning at 3:00. Both games will also be streaming online at and on the ESPN 106.7 app.

The Drive Podcast: Auburn Basketball, McLemore’s Injury and Auburn Baseball’s Opening Weekend

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Welcome to The Drive Podcast. On today’s show, Bill Cameron and Dan Peck is joined by Bryan Matthews to discuss Auburn basketball, baseball and more sports around the SEC! 

The Drive Podcast: The Drive Podcast: Auburn Basketball, McLemore’s Injury and Auburn Baseball’s Opening Weekend

Use the following time marks to navigate the podcast:

Start of show: Bill, Dan and Bryan discuss Auburn’s loss on the road and Anfernee McLemore’s injury.
25:00- minute mark: The guys discuss Auburn baseball’s 3-0 opening weekend
End of Show: The guys discuss Calvin Anderson’s recruitment

The Lunch Break Podcast: Auburn Basketball Slips in AP Poll

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On the show Monday, Josh Vitale joins Zac and Painter to recap Auburn Basketball falling to South Carolina over the weekend as well as address Anfernee McLemore’s injury. Also, the guys review Auburn Baseball’s sweep on opening weekend as well as Auburn Softball staying hot.

The Lunch Break Podcast: Auburn Basketball Slips in AP Poll

To help navigate the podcast please use these timecodes:

Start of show- Auburn falls to South Carolina and what Anfernee McLemore’s injury means for Auburn going forward.

18:30- Josh Vitale joins show to discuss Auburn Basketball falling from 10 to 12 in AP Poll

27:00- Is not having Austin Wiley more detrimental now than before?

29:00- Recapping Auburn Baseball’s opening weekend

37:10- Auburn Basketball’s season going forward

43:00- Anfernee McLemore’s injury

56:35- Chuma Okeke and Horace Spencer’s roles with McLemore out

1:05:30- Auburn Baseball season outlook

1:12:34- Is Auburn WR Ryan Davis underrated?

1:25:30- Previewing Auburn Basketball’s next matchup against Alabama

Peck’s Picks: Tougher Than Leather

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Auburn University’s men’s basketball team continued its remarkable season on Wednesday night with a 76-66 victory over the visiting Kentucky Wildcats in Auburn Arena.

Even though the #10 Tigers entered the game as a substantial favorite, Kentucky’s historic dominance of Auburn and the Wildcats size advantage suggested that the game should be close throughout, and it was. Even when Kentucky is having a disappointing season, they’re still Kentucky, a team with four projected 2018 NBA Draft first-round picks in their starting lineup.

Auburn started the game cold from the three-point line; to overcome, the Tigers had to rely on transition defense, spectacular free-throw shooting, and sheer will until shots started to fall. Bryce Brown, playing his first game since injuring his shoulder against Texas A&M,

Throughout the final ten minutes of the game, Kentucky’s players seemed to lack energy. Auburn’s pressing style and desire to play at a fast tempo has left opposing teams gasping for air in the closing minutes; despite Kentucky’s vast athleticism and experience playing up-tempo basketball, they were no different. Auburn exhausted Kentucky on both ends of the floor, leaving Kentucky with nothing left in the gas tank when the game was in its most crucial moments.

Tigers point guard Jared Harper, who now leads the conference in assists per game, made all 9 of his free throw attempts and showcased his fearless, willing-to-shoot-from-anywhere attitude. At 5’10” and 170 pounds, it’s understandable for the uninitiated to wonder if Harper is strong enough to withstand the pounding that he takes because of the physical style he plays, but Harper is representative of the team for which he plays: he’s tough, he’s fast, he’ll bother you with his defense, and people who overlook him are making a big mistake.

With Brown back in the fold and seemingly showing no ill-effects from his injured shoulder, head coach Bruce Pearl will try to keep his foot on the gas and ensure that Auburn finishes this special season with a bang. With five regular-season games left before the SEC tournament, Pearl could rack up 27 or 28 wins and keep Auburn in excellent position for a 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament. Basketball can break your heart, though: Auburn could go cold again, or stumble against a team equipped to exploit its lack of size inside (or a team that won’t waver if forced to play 40 up-tempo minutes). The unknowability of the NCAA Tournament is one of the things that makes it a preferred sporting event.

Until Selection Sunday gets here and shows us Auburn’s exact path to college basketball’s national championship, all the Tigers can do is continue to win.



– Even before A&M’s victory in Auburn Arena, I was struck by how many good teams are in the SEC this year. Tennessee coach Rick Barnes lobbied for nine SEC teams to make the tournament after his team beat Kentucky, and the idea doesn’t seem too farfetched as the middle of the conference continues to get bigger and bigger. Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, and LSU appear to be the only teams in the league with no real shot of qualifying for the tournament as an at-large. The other eleven almost assuredly won’t all make it, but they’re all firmly in the hunt – including Auburn’s opponent on the road Saturday, South Carolina.

– I’m not sure what made Josh McDaniels decide to bail on the Colts in the hours before his introductory press conference, but I understand why he wouldn’t want to coach that franchise. Even though there are an extremely limited number of NFL head coaching positions, the Colts are simply in too much turmoil. Questions linger about the owner’s fitness for office, but more pressing questions remain about the health and long-term prognosis of quarterback Andrew Luck. When Luck was at Stanford, he was pegged as a surefire NFL great, and he displayed immense promise in his initial seasons with the Colts. Unfortunately, his shoulder injury has been mishandled and years have been shaved off his prime, and now it’s fair to wonder if he’ll ever become the player everyone was certain he could be. It echoes the story of Cubs pitcher Mark Prior, who also showed all-time-great promise but ultimately had his career derailed by injuries that kept him from living up to his potential on the field. Hopefully I’m wrong and Luck can reestablish himself as one of the league’s best players, but the decision by McDaniels leads me to believe it won’t happen anytime soon.

– With pitchers and catchers on the verge of reporting, here are some things I’m looking forward to about this year’s Major League Baseball season: the addition of Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees, the continued brilliance of Mike Trout, the Astros infield, the race for the NL Central, the Giants attempt to bounce back after last year’s disastrous season, the glut of power-hitting first basemen in the National League (Goldschmidt, Votto, Freeman, Bellinger, Rizzo, and possibly Eric Hosmer if somebody signs him), and the big-name hitters that could find themselves traded during the year (like Manny Machado, Josh Donaldson, or even Bryce Harper).

Until next week, enjoy the games!


The Drive Podcast: Remaining SEC Basketball Schedule and Opening Day for Auburn baseball

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Welcome to The Drive Podcast. On today’s show, Bill Cameron and Dan Peck discuss the remaining SEC basketball schedule, speculations surrounding Auburn basketball and opening day for Auburn basketball

The Drive Podcast: Remaining SEC basketball schedule and Opening day for Auburn baseball

Use the following time marks to navigate the podcast:

Start of show: The guys discuss the SEC Basketball remaining schedule
38:22- minute mark: The guys discuss speculations surrounding Auburn basketball
End of Show: Bill and Dan talk Auburn baseball and softball

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Riley’s Ramblings: Opening Day On The Plains For Auburn Baseball

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After over seven months of waiting, college baseball is finally back! First pitch on Opening Day at Plainsman Park is set for 5:00 against Longwood and Auburn has a lot of positives to take from last year when they were one win away from going to a super regional for the first time since 1999. This team is clearly on an upward trend under Head Coach Butch Thompson, who is entering his third season as the Tigers skipper.


Junior Casey Mize (RHP) finished fifth in the SEC in ERA last season

One bright spot from last year was the current Tigers ace, Junior Casey Mize. After a less than stellar freshman season, Mize burst on to the scene posting an 8-2 record with a 2.04 ERA in 13 games (12 starts) for the Tigers in 2017. After the season Mize was awarded second team All-American Honors by Rawlings and his 109 strikeouts was good enough for third in the SEC and the most from an Auburn pitcher since Brent Schoening and Chris Bootcheck in 1999. The Tigers right hander has a strong fastball that tops out at 96 mph, a nice upper-80’s splitter, and occasionally breaks out a low 80’s curveball.


Mize will be asked to lead a staff that will also consist of sophomore Davis Daniel and true freshman Tanner Burns. Davis Daniel finished his freshman season in 2017 with a 4-3 record and a tough 5.89 ERA in 17 games (16 starts). Daniel shows a lot of potential with a mid to high 90’s fastball, but needs to continue to develop the rest of his arsenal to pitch off his fastball. With his freshman season under his belt, 2018 could potentially be Daniel’s breakout year. After Daniel in the rotation is true freshman Tanner Burns from Decatur High School in Decatur, Alabama. In high school, Burns showcased a fastball that tops at around 96 mph with very impressive breaking stuff including a slider, a very hard curveball, and occasionally a changeup. The transition from high school to college baseball is never an easy one, but Burns has the ability to be a productive starter this season that will only continue to develop.


Senior Jay Estes (INF) finished last season as the team leader in doubles with 19

The batting order for Auburn will be looking a little different this season after losing seven position players to either graduation or the 2017 MLB Draft, but there are still some players that can build on a strong 2017 at the plate. Senior infielder Jay Estes will be looking to build on a strong season last year where he finished with a .276 batting average, 29 RBI, and a team best 19 doubles. Estes will likely move toward the three or four spot in the lineup this season where Auburn hopes to see more clutch hitting and increased productivity from him. Senior third baseman Josh Anthony had a great year in the field and batted a respectable .266 at the plate with 39 RBI. Anthony is a very athletic player with a tremendous arm at third. Hopefully Anthony’s power stroke will come around this season and he can become a more consistent hitter.


A big hurdle that Auburn will need to overcome this season is the loss of many of their core players from last season including the team’s ace Keegan Thompson (7-4, 2.41 ERA), RBI leader Daniel Robert (42), batting average leader Jonah Todd (.376), and closer Cole Lipscomb. Head Coach Butch Thompson has shown how good he is at developing young talent and that his team can be extremely competitive in the SEC. Friday’s game will be the beginning of a new chapter for Auburn Baseball, and the future is very bright for Coach Thompson’s Tigers in 2018.


Riley Hubbard

ESPN 106.7