Riley’s Ramblings: Auburn Basketball’s Toughest Games Are Still In Front Of Them

By February 1, 2018Talent Columns

 

Auburn earned another win on Tuesday night at Ole Miss behind Bryce Brown’s 23 points to improve their record to 20-2 (8-1 in SEC), but there’s no denying that the toughest of Auburn’s schedule is still in front of them. Auburn has proved to the college basketball world that they are the best team in the SEC and is almost certain to earn a NCAA Tournament bid, but the Tigers will definitely be tested before the SEC Tournament in St. Louis. Even though Vanderbilt has the worst record in the SEC at 8-14 (2-7 in SEC), they are far from being a pushover. In fact, they were just a few free throws away from taking down Kentucky on Tuesday night. The Commadors are also a team full of sharp shooters led by Riley LaChance. LaChance is liable to make a shot from almost anywhere and can be tough to stop once he finds his rhythm. So far this season, LaChance is shooting 47% from the field and 42% from behind the three point line.

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After the Commadors on Saturday night, Auburn will go on to play Texas A&M (14-8, 3-6 in SEC), Georgia (13-8, 4-5 in SEC), Kentucky (17-5, 6-3 in SEC), South Carolina (13-9, 4-5 in SEC), Alabama (14-8, 5-4 in SEC), Florida (15-7, 6-3 in SEC), and Arkansas (15-7, 4-5 in SEC). Luckily for the Tigers, the Vandy, Texas A&M, Kentucky, and Alabama games are all being played at Auburn Area. The atmosphere that Auburn plays in at Auburn Area can make it feel like nobody can travel to the plains and win. Auburn is 11-0 at home this year and to have Kentucky at home this season is huge for the Tigers.

 

In the latest edition of ESPN’s Bracketology with Joe Lunardi, Auburn was projected to be a two seed, so if the Tigers can go at least .500 from this point, they will be in prime position for the NCAA regardless of their performance in the SEC Tournament (where Auburn will have a good chance to go deep). For now all eyes are on this Saturday’s battle with Vanderbilt- A game that is no guaranteed win. A win on Saturday at Auburn Area could possibly make the currently 11th ranked Auburn Tigers a top ten team, which nobody could have predicted before the season began.