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SEC Report Game Picks: Wednesday, February 13

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Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday on The SEC Report, Will Schuette (@Will_Schuette) and I, Michael Pappas (@CouchPaptato), make our SEC College Basketball Picks. You can listen to our show from 1 – 2 pm every weekday on ESPN 106.7, the ESPN106.7 app, or right here on espnau.com under the Listen Live tab.

The lines on college basketball games do not come out until the day of the games, so we decided that it would be best to just pick the games straight up. This was mainly because we wanted to make picks for the weekend games during Free Money Friday on The SEC Report. If you want picks ATS, or you’re looking for just extra picks follow us on twitter, or you can follow me in the Action Network app (@CouchPaptato). Our records since we started tracking our picks, January 28th when I became Will’s full time co-host:

Will: 71% Overall (75% in the SEC, 65% on bonus picks)

Michael: 59% Overall (69% in the SEC, 41% on bonus picks)

Let’s get into it. Here are tonight’s picks. For more information as to why the guys pick each game the way they do, listen to today’s SEC Report Podcast in the Podcast Center or on Apple Podcasts:

SEC Picks:

South Carolina vs Tennessee, 5:30 pm, SECN

  • Will: Tennessee
  • Michael: Tennessee

Ole Miss @ Auburn, 7:30 pm, SECN

  • Will: Auburn
  • Michael: Auburn

Vanderbilt @ Florida, 8 pm, ESPNU

  • Will: Florida
  • Michael: Florida

Before the Game: Ole Miss @ Auburn

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Before the Game: Ole Miss @ Auburn Preview

Game Details:

  • When: Wednesday, February 13 @ 7:30 pm CT
  • Where: Auburn Arena, Auburn, AL
  • How to Watch: SECN, espn.com, ESPN App

Team Spotlights:

  • Auburn:

    • Ranked #27 in the AP poll sitting at 16-7 overall and 5-5 in the SEC
    • Auburn had won 3 games in a row until blowing a double digit lead at LSU on Saturday.
    • The Tigers are a high scoring team, averaging 83.6 ppg, but they struggle to defend without fouling, especially on the inside. Deceptively, Auburn has only given up 68.9 points per game on the season.
    • On the interior, Auburn is undersized without Center Austin Wiley, who is slowly returning for injury. After playing 5 minutes against Florida, he tallied 2 TOs in 3 minutes against LSU, and no one knows how much Wiley will play against a less talented Ole Miss team.
    • Auburn is led by its experienced backcourt, which is surprising because when Auburn loses, it is usually because they struggle to not turn the ball over.
    • Auburn has been much better at home this year, only losing one game: to UK after Auburn missed a shot to tie the game in the closing seconds.
  • Ole Miss:

    • No longer ranked in the AP poll with an 16-7 record overall and an 6-4 record in the SEC
    • The Rebels ended a 4 game skid with back to back wins against Texas A&M and UGA last week.
    • Led by Head Coach Kermit Davis, Ole Miss averages almost 78 points per game and gives up 70.7.
    • On January 9, this team handed Auburn its worst loss of the season: a 82-67 beatdown in Oxford.
    • The Rebels held Auburn to 32.8% shooting, forced 16 Tiger turnovers, and won the rebounding battle by 8 a little over a month ago en route to a 2-0 conference start.
    • Since the Auburn win, the Rebels have gone 4-5 with their only wins coming against Arkansas, Texas A&M, and UGA. The latter two are two of the three worst teams in the conference.

Player Spotlight:

  • Auburn:

    • Bryce Brown
      • Auburn’s leading scorer, the senior from Stone Mountain, GA averages 16.7 points per game and shoots over 41% from behind the 3 point line. Brown is at his best when his 3 point shot is falling, and he can use his deadly precision from downtown to open up driving lanes for himself. Brown can catch fire in a hurry, but sometimes it seems like he is just as likely to be ice cold. In certain games this season, Brown appears to disappear. That cannot happen against Ole Miss. The last time these two teams played, Brown was the only Tiger with more than 11 points. If Brown can score efficiently, the Tigers will be in a great situation to win.
    • Chuma Okeke
      • The Tiger who projects as the best NBA player, Okeke is the cornerstone of the interior for the Tigers this year. With Center Austin Wiley injured, it becomes Okeke’s responsibility to set the tone on the inside. In the last outing against Ole Miss, Okeke was 2-6 from the field and finished with 5 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 turnovers. Okeke has completely turned his season around since that game. On the season, he is averaging almost 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 50% from the field. Okeke is being more aggressive offensively, and it is opening up the offense for the backcourt. If Okeke continues to develop and be aggressive, this could be a long night for the Rebels.
  • Ole Miss:

    • Breein Tyree
      • A junior from Somerset, NJ, the 6 ft 2 in Breein Tyree is the leading scorer for the Rebels this season. He averages 18.5 points per game on a very efficient 12 shots per game coupled with an average of 48% shooting. Tyree doesn’t turn the ball over, which will be key against an Auburn defense that thrives on taking the ball away from opponents. He will have his hands full on defense guarding the high power Auburn guards, but look for the Rebels to lean heavily on the guy who has emerged as a true offensive star for this team.
    • Terence Davis
      • The other half of the explosive Rebel backcourt, the senior from Southaven, MS scored 27 points and tallied 12 rebounds in the first game against Auburn this season. This carried the Rebels during a night when Tyree only had 5 points of his own. We have seen how vulnerable Auburn can be on the offensive glass, so look for Davis to lead the Rebel charge on the glass again this time around. Davis is another deadeye shooter, averaging 5 attempts and 2 makes per game.

Auburn Network Predictions:

  • Zac Blackerby, After the Game: Basketball, ESPN 106.7

    • Auburn flexes it’s muscles again at home. The Tigers get revenge from their stumble earlier in conference play. Auburn 82-71.
  • Olivia Crew, #1 Intern

    • After losing a tough game on the road, I expect a big bounce back from Auburn. They were bested at Ole Miss earlier in the season, but with the improvement on the defensive end, Auburn will win 80-72.
  • Rich Perkins, Rich and Jeremy in the Morning, Wings 94.3

    • Auburn has had a ton of close games against conference opponents, and those close games have tended to be losses. Most of the wins have been pretty big. The Ole Black Miss Rebel Land Bear Sharks (or whatever they are calling themselves post NCAA -hammer) should feel fortunate that they stole one at home from Auburn in January (and frankly should feel lucky that they didn’t have to vacate basketball wins and be forced to mow Nick Saban’s lawn). This is a different Auburn team and the Tigers are playing home. Marshall Henderson isn’t walking out of that tunnel. AU- 88 UM- 71.
  • Bill Cameron, The Drive with Bill Cameron, ESPN 106.7

    • Thank goodness Auburn is back home!  They are a much better team (especially defensively) at Auburn Arena.  This Ole Miss team that looked so good in Oxford ended a 5-game losing streak with a home win over Texas A&M before blasting Georgia in Athens, but this ain’t Athens. Auburn 86-72.
  • Will Schuette, The SEC Report, ESPN 106.7

    • Ole Miss might have given Auburn its worst beating of the season in January, but there’s still a reason the Rebs were picked by many to finish last in the SEC. Kermit Davis is doing a great job in his debut season in Oxford, but Auburn is the deeper and more talented squad. The Tigers also remain one of the nation’s best when the game takes place on their home floor. Auburn 82, Ole Miss 74.
  • Riley Hubbard, Production Assistant

    • Saturday was a rough day for Auburn in Baton Rouge. Honestly, they were lucky to still be in the game late after all of the turnovers, poor ball movement, and horrible shot selection. Everybody knows that Auburn is a much better team at home than they are on the road and Ole Miss is not a bad team, but Auburn is superior from a talent standpoint. I believe that Auburn will get their momentum and their field goal shooting back in front of their home crowd and will take this one 87-79.

My Prediction:

  • Auburn shot historically poorly in Oxford the first time these two teams played. When you couple that with Ole Miss playing its best basketball of the year, it was truly the perfect storm. Auburn has been incredible at home outside of about 15 minutes against Kentucky. This is as close to a Must-Win game that Auburn can have in the SEC right now. The Tigers need to start winning games and winning them convincingly if they are going to be an NCAA Tournament lock. Look for Bryce Brown and Jared Harper to keep leading the charge at home. I am looking for Malik Dunbar to duplicate his 11 point performance, and Danjel Purifoy needs to continue his offensive resurgence this season. Auburn 90-70.

The SEC Report Picks: Tuesday, February 12

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Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday on The SEC Report, Will Schuette (@Will_Schuette) and I, Michael Pappas (@CouchPaptato), make our SEC College Basketball Picks. You can listen to our show from 1 – 2 pm every weekday on ESPN 106.7, the ESPN106.7 app, or right here on espnau.com under the Listen Live tab.

The lines on college basketball games do not come out until the day of the games, so we decided that it would be best to just pick the games straight up. This was mainly because we wanted to make picks for the weekend games during Free Money Friday on The SEC Report. If you want picks ATS, or you’re looking for just extra picks follow us on twitter, or you can follow me in the Action Network app (@CouchPaptato). Our records since we started tracking our picks, January 28th when I became Will’s full time co-host:

Will: 78% Overall (81% in the SEC, 67% on bonus picks)

Michael: 70% Overall (76% in the SEC, 50% on bonus picks)

Let’s get into it. Here are tonight’s picks. For more information as to why the guys pick each game the way they do, listen to today’s SEC Report Podcast in the Podcast Center or on Apple Podcasts:

SEC Picks:

LSU vs Kentucky, 12 pm, CBS

  • Will: Kentucky
  • Michael: Kentucky

Georgia @ Texas A&M, 6 pm, SECN

  • WillTAMU
  • Michael: TAMU

Alabama @ Mississippi State, 8 pm, SECN

  • WillMississippi State
  • Michael: Alabama

Arkansas @ Missouri, 8 pm, ESPNU

  • Will: Arkansas
  • Michael: Arkansas

BONUS PICKS:

Purdue @ Maryland, 5:30 pm, BTN

  • WillMaryland
  • Michael: Purdue

Michigan State @ Wisconsin, 6 pm, ESPN2

  • Will: Wisconsin
  • Michael: Wisconsin

Duke @ Louisville, 8 pm, ESPN

  • Will: Duke
  • Michael: Duke

My View from The Couch: AAF Power Rankings Week 1

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The AAF ceremoniously kicked off its inaugural season this past weekend. There were ups and downs, but, all in all, the weekend went well for the AAF. Like any sports league, some of the games were better than others. In Week 1, coaching and QB play dominated. The games were a fun experience with the coaches and players wearing microphones. The most interesting part of the game is the perceived partnership with the NFL and which rules may one day be adopted. The Sky Judge was definitely the most intriguing and focused on change that the Alliance included. If there was a onside-kick-conversion-thing attempted this weekend, then I completely missed it. After the successtul opening weekend each team has only one game, so this is the perfect time for me to rank them. Here’s my view from the couch:

1. Birmingham Iron

They didn’t have the biggest win of opening weekend, but they did have the most impressive win. The Iron tallied the league’s first shutout and posted almost 26 points of their own in the process. Quarterback Luis Perez threw for 252 yards and played much better than expected for a former Texas A&M-Commerce quarterback who bowled in high school. Former Alabama star Trent Richardson added 58 yards and 2 TDs. WR Quinton Patton had a big game with 107 yards on 9 targets. The offense looked poised and moved the ball well. The reason the Iron are number one in these power rankings is because of the defense. The defense dominated. Jonathan Massaquoi was nearly unblockable, tallying 2 sacks and 3 tackles for loss. The defense forced 3 turnovers. Head Coach Tim Lewis had the new Iron Curtain ready to play, and next week we’ll find out if they can lock down a team that isn’t quarterbacked by Christian Hackenberg.

2. Orlando Apollos

The highest scoring team of the weekend, Steve Spurrier had the Apollos offense firing on all cylinders. The Apollos won 40-6. Garrett Gilbert was the best quarterback of opening weekend. The only reason that they are being ranked #2 is that they gave up 6 points, and the Iron got a shut out. This team is going to be a force to be reckoned with if the Spurrier-Gilbert combination keeps rolling. I don’t think its unfair to say that Spurrier was probably the highest thought of coach in the league coming in, and he proved it this weekend.

3. Arizona Hotshots

Anyone who watched the Rick Neuheisel years at UCLA could not have felt great for the Hotshots coming into this AAF season, but the team with the best looking logo and the weirdest looking uniforms put on a great performance yesterday. Neuheisel surprisingly went with John Wolford over Trevor Knight as his starting quarterback, and Wolford rewarded him with 275 yards and 4 TDs. The offensive explosion resulted in a 38-22 victory over the Stallions. The defense was not as good as the offense and allowed Salt Lake to stay in the game throughout despite the Salt Lake starting quarterback pulling a hamstring in the 2nd quarter. It was the most fun game of the weekend, and the Hotshots played well enough to get the W and rank 3rd on this list.

4. San Antonio Commanders

The Commanders were okay in their 15-6 win, which was enough to get them 4th place in these rankings. The offense was not very good, but the defense picked off Mike Bercovici twice and Philip Nelson once. Unfortunately, the Commanders starting quarterback threw 2 picks of his own. The Commanders are only the #4 team because they won their game. The offense made too many mistakes. The defense bailed out Logan Woodside. The only team from Texas isn’t going to be able to rely on the defenders forever. We all know what happened the last time a squad tried to defend San Antonio. (that was a joke about the Alamo).

5. Salt Lake Stallions

I wanted to put Salt Lake at #4 on this list, but their starting quarterback, Josh Woodrum, got hurt in the second quarter of this game and did not return. We barely know is Woodrum is good, and we certainly don’t know whether or not Matt Linehan is good. I am just guessing that if Woodrum was the starter he was better than Linehan. Add to that the fact that this team lost, and they just couldn’t be ranked ahead of the Commanders. The defense gave up 38 points to a team quarterbacked by a guy who appears to be 5 foot 6 and got every other pass batted down at the line. The Stallions muffed a punt and two of their touchdown drives were aided by multiple illegal defense penalties.

6. San Diego Fleet

The good: the defense gave up 15 points and caught 2 interceptions. The bad: the offense scored 6 points and threw 3 interceptions. The ugly: they used 2 different quarterbacks, and they both sucked. The defense lands the Fleet the #6 spot only because the two teams below them didn’t have a defense or an offense.

7. Atlanta Legends

The offense only scored 6 points and that wasn’t the worst part of the performance from the Legends. The defense took the cake on this one, giving up 40 points. 30-year-old Matt Sims threw two interceptions and got replaced by Aaron Murray, who promptly threw an interception of his own. Mike Vick, the ex-OC, left the team the week before the game, so it isn’t all that surprising that the offense wasn’t great, but the defense should’ve been much better than it was.

8. Memphis Express

Wait, you mean to tell me a team coached by Mike Singletary and quarterbacked by Christian Hackenberg isn’t good? I am shocked. The coaching job that Singletary had before the Express? Trinity Christian Academy. TCA is a small private high school outside of Dallas, TX. We heard all week “Hackenberg fixed his mechanics and is going to be a great QB!” He did not. He was not. He ended up getting pulled from the game in favor of Brandon Silvers which was a weird decision in itself because Zach Mettenberger is also on the team.

ATG Basketball: Auburn falls at LSU

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Zac Blackerby and Painter Sharpless are live from AT at The Hotel at Auburn University to recap Auburn’s 83-78 loss at LSU.

Join them LIVE at AT immediately following every Saturday Auburn University Men’s Basketball SEC Game this season. If you can’t make it out, listen on ESPN 106.7, on the ESPN 106.7 App, here on espnau.com, or call in at 334-321-1390.

The Drive Podcast: Auburn vs LSU, Justin Fields, and The Transfer Portal

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On today’s show, Bill Cameron and Chuck Furlow are live from Kia of Auburn to preview Auburn’s visit to LSU, discuss Justin Fields getting granted a waiver, talk about the transfer portal, and take your calls!

The Drive Podcast: Auburn vs LSU, Justin Fields, and The Transfer Portal 

Use the following time marks to navigate the podcast:

  • Start of show: The guys talk Auburn vs LSU
  • End of show: The guys talk The Transfer Portal

The SEC Report Picks: Saturday, February 9

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Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday on The SEC Report, Will Schuette (@Will_Schuette) and I, Michael Pappas (@CouchPaptato), make our SEC College Basketball Picks. You can listen to our show from 1 – 2 pm every weekday on ESPN 106.7, the ESPN106.7 app, or right here on espnau.com under the Listen Live tab.

The lines on college basketball games do not come out until the day of the games, so we decided that it would be best to just pick the games straight up. This was mainly because we wanted to make picks for the weekend games during Free Money Friday on The SEC Report. If you want picks ATS, or you’re looking for just extra picks follow us on twitter, or you can follow me in the Action Network app (@CouchPaptato). Our records since we started tracking our picks, January 28th when I became Will’s full time co-host:

Will: 78% Overall (81% in the SEC, 67% on bonus picks)

Michael: 70% Overall (76% in the SEC, 50% on bonus picks)

Let’s get into it. Here are tonight’s picks. For more information as to why the guys pick each game the way they do, listen to today’s SEC Report Podcast in the Podcast Center or on Apple Podcasts:

SEC Picks:

Kentucky @ Mississippi State, 12 pm, CBS

  • Will: Kentucky
  • Michael: Kentucky

Ole Miss @ Georgia, 12 pm, SECN

  • WillGeorgia
  • Michael: Ole Miss

Auburn @ LSU, 1 pm, ESPN2

  • Will
  • Michael: Auburn

Arkansas @ South Carolina, 2:30 pm, SECN

  • Will: South Carolina
  • Michael: South Carolina

Florida @ Tennessee, 3 pm, ESPN

  • WillTennessee
  • Michael: Tennessee

Texas A&M @ Missouri, 5 pm, SECN

  • WillMizzou
  • Michael: Mizzou

Alabama @ Vanderbilt, 7:30 pm, ESPN2

  • WillAlabama
  • Michael: Alabama

BONUS PICKS:

Wisconsin @ Michigan, 11 am, FOX

  • WillMichigan
  • Michael: Michigan

Villanova @ Marquette, 1:30 pm, FOX

  • WillMarquette
  • Michael: Marquette

Minnesota @ Michigan State, 1 pm, ESPN

  • Will: Michigan State
  • Michael: Minnesota

Louisville @ Florida State, 3 pm, ESPN2

  • WillFlorida State
  • Michael: Louisville

Duke @ Virginia, 5 pm, ESPN

  • WillUVA
  • Michael: Duke

Washington @ Arizona State, 9 pm, ESPN

  • Will: Washington
  • Michael: Washington

Before the Game: Auburn @ LSU

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Auburn @ LSU Preview

Game Details:

  • When: Saturday, February 9th at 1 pm CT
  • Where: Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, LA
  • How to Watch: ESPN2, espn.com, ESPN App

Team Spotlights:

  • LSU:

    • Ranked #21 in the AP poll with an 18-4 record overall and an 8-1 record in the SEC
    • 1-1 in their last 2 games  after losing their first SEC game of the season against Arkansas at home last weekend. They bounced back with an OT victory on the road in Starkville, MS. Before these two games, the Tigers won 7 games in a row, all against conference opponents.
    • These Tigers average 83.4 points per game, which is 3rd best in the SEC behind Auburn and Tennessee. On the other hand, they are giving up 73.2 points per game which is 10th out of 14 SEC teams, 0.2 points better than Vanderbilt, who has yet to win a game in the conference.
    • LSU is a great rebounding team, especially offensively where they are second in the SEC (behind Auburn) averaging almost 13 per game.
    • This LSU team is not great defensively, so they rely on turnovers, leading the SEC in steals and steals per game averaging almost 10. Pair their quick hands with their experienced backcourt, and you end up with a 0.7 steal/turnover ratio which is tied for 1st in the SEC (Auburn).
  • Auburn:

    • Ranked #28 in the AP poll sitting at 16-6 overall and 5-4 in the SEC
    • Auburn has won 3 games in a row by an average of 23 points after a 2-4 start in SEC play.
    • The Tigers are second in the SEC in scoring, averaging 83.9 ppg, and their defense has vastly improved of late, dropping their points against average to 68.2, which is tied for 4th in the SEC (Mizzou). The 3 teams above them? Florida (AU just beat them by 14 and put up 76 points), Kentucky (ranked #5 in the AP poll), and Tennessee (ranked #1 in the AP poll).
    • On the interior, Auburn is undersized without Center Austin Wiley, who is slowly returning for injury. After playing 5 minutes against Florida, no one knows how much Wiley will play against a talented, relentless LSU frontcourt.
    • Auburn is 3rd in the SEC (UT, Ark) in assists per game with almost 16 baskets per game coming by way of a good pass. Pair this with being the 3rd best team at taking care of the ball (13 TOs per game, (UF, UT)), and Auburn sits tied for 2nd in the league in assist/turnover margin at 1.2

Player Spotlight:

  • LSU:

    • Tremont Waters:
      • Averaging 15.6 points on 45% shooting with 5.9 assists and 3 steals per game, Waters is on the shortlist of SEC Player of the Year Candidates. The sophomore is the Tigers best player, and it isn’t close. A very smart, very fast floor general, Waters is the heart and soul of this LSU team. As he goes, the team goes: he was 3/12 shooting with 12 points and 5 turnovers in their only SEC loss (to Arkansas). Waters will be going head to head with another experienced point guard in Auburn’s Jared Harper, a matchup that will have a huge effect on the result of the game.
    • Naz Reid:
      • The 6 foot 10 inch freshman is a dominant force inside for LSU. An incredible two man combination with Tremont Waters, Reid can do it all in the screen game. He is a great cutter with good hands when he slips screens, and he even leads the Tigers in 3 point percentage which makes defenders press out on him when he pops after setting screens. Somehow, Reid is only averaging 6 rebounds per game, but he has averaged 8 per game in his last 5. On Wednesday, Reid took over the game @ MSU in the second half, carrying the Tigers to victory behind his 29 point/9 rebound performance. We have seen Auburn have trouble with good, physical big men this season (see: Travis/Washington from UK and Silva from USC).
  • Auburn:

    • Bryce Brown
      • Auburn’s leading scorer, the senior from Stone Mountain, GA averages 17 points per game and shoots over 41% from behind the 3 point line. With Jared Harper going toe to toe with Tremont Waters, the Tigers are going to need Brown to find the bottom of the bucket early and often. Brown is at his best when his 3 point shot is falling, and he can use his deadly precision from downtown to open up driving lanes for himself. Brown has matured before our eyes as the season has gone on, relying less on the 3 point shot and taking the ball to the basket when his team needs him to.
    • Anfernee McLemore/Horace Spencer
      • With Austin Wiley still not playing serious minutes, the responsibility of controlling the paint falls to McLemore and Spencer. The duo has struggled mightily with defending down low and not fouling. This task won’t get any easier when they get to Baton Rouge. This is an aggressive, athletic LSU team with a grown man down low. If McLemore and Spencer can stay in this game, Auburn will be in a great position to win. On the other hand, if they get into foul trouble early, this is going to be much, much tougher for the road Tigers.

Auburn Network Predictions:

  • Rich Perkins, Rich and Jeremy in the Morning, Wings 94.3

    • Being an expert on hoops, I can say with certainty Coach Pearl will have the team ready for the LSWho Fake Tigers. Score prediction: AU – eleventy billion, LSU- 7.
  • Riley Hubbard, Production Assistant

    • LSU has proved to be a bit of a surprise this season in the SEC, and Tremont Waters has been a solid leader of this team. However, this is a good time for Auburn to be making the trip to Baton Rouge since LSU has dropped into a two game skid. Auburn had an incredible homestand with big momentum wins over Missouri, Alabama, and Florida where they really proved they can take down anybody if they shoot well from the field. Since Auburn has been shooting well as of late and has some big momentum on their side going into this one, I’ve got Auburn taking a close win, 88-82. A much closer win that it likely would be if this game were being played in Auburn Arena.
  • Mike Hubbard, Our Fearless Leader

    • I predict that Pete Maravich will score 72 points for LSU. (You young folks probably have no idea who Pete Maravich was!).
  • Zac Blackerby, After the Game: Basketball, ESPN 106.7

    • Auburn 82. LSU 74. Auburn gets their biggest road win of the season. They’ve found a groove over their three game home stand and I believe they are beginning to look like the team that won the conference a year ago. Tigers get a win and reappear in the top 20 in the next AP Poll.
  • Bill Cameron, The Drive with Bill Cameron, ESPN 106.7

    • Auburn has gotten well over the last three home games, but life is different on the road. LSU has gotten into the habit of falling behind and making furious comebacks, but if Auburn gets a double-digit lead it will be tougher for the home Tigers to come all the way back. AU’s defense has really improved lately, and if that continues, give me the road Tigers in a squeaker, 81-79.
  • Olivia Crew, #1 Intern

    • Since Wiley is back, they will overcome the faults they have had in the past conference games. Road games have been difficult for Auburn, but I predict they will defeat LSU, 82-78.
  • Will Schuette, The SEC Report, ESPN 106.7

    • Auburn is coming off its best two performances of the season, but the lack of signature road win still provides concern. Auburn hasn’t been able to slow down many offenses like LSU and I’m not sure that changes Saturday. Give me LSU, 86-79.
  • Painter Sharpless, The Lunch Break, ESPN 106.7

    • Auburn’s improved continuity and defensive play coupled with a surging Samir Doughty and more assertive Chuma Okeke leads Auburn to victory against a talented LSU team that can score with ease — particularly in the paint.  Auburn wins a game in the high 80s.

My Prediction:

  • Auburn is better than LSU at all of LSU’s strengths. Auburn should win this game by double digits; however, it is very difficult to win on the road in the SEC, and Auburn hasn’t shown they can do it. This is not quite a must win game for Auburn, but it sure is close. It is time to show that they can win games away from Auburn Arena. I think that Auburn will get it done, but that this game with be close throughout. Look for Auburn to have to keep LSU at bay for most of the second half. The key to this game for Auburn will be controlling Naz Reid inside. my score prediction is that Auburn will win by 9, 85-76, after LSU fouls late causing the score to look more lopsided that the game really was.