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    Re: What About Those Auburn Tigers?

    Quote Originally Posted by RTR91 View Post
    Was discussed some on the radio yesterday. After his third year at Auburn, Bruce was 44-54 (16-38 in SEC play). The jump from year three to year four really didn't make much sense when looking at the previous years. Amazingly, Bruce is still 10 games under .500 in SEC play.
    If we're being honest and not looking at things through crimson colored glasses, Pearl inherited a bigger dumpster fire than CAJ did. It has been obvious that he was building the talent level up year by year. I discussed this with a buddy of mine (Bama fan) that what was really scary about this Auburn team is that they were without their best player, Mustafa Heron, who transferred to Connecticut. They also lost their backup PG who had been highly recruited but the kid that got to replace him has been very good at the end of the season so that wasn't as big of a loss. Not only did they not have Heron this season but Purefoy took most of the season to shake the rust off and Wiley has battled injuries and also was a bit of rusty himself.

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    Re: What About Those Auburn Tigers?

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    How likely do y'all think it is that Auburn beats UVA? How likely is it that Auburn wins it all?
    I think the BPI index, which favor UVA 70/30, is probably about right. A lot has to go right for us to reach the final. Taking them out of their comfort zone is possible, but you have to hit your shots early and often. The only real way to force them to speed it up is to make them chase you.

    To be honest, I’m terrified of UVA. They beat UNC in Chapel Hill. They’re good. They force you to play their game and they do it so well that only one of their games in the last three years has 65+ possessions when playing power conference opposition. They defend well against slashing guards, and double any time the ball finds its way into the post, forcing a kick to a lower percentage jumper. The “pack line” does have a weakness though. They generally willingly surrender the perimeter. We love to drive, kick, and shoot the three too, so that bodes well for us if Harper can beat his man off the dribble, and finds one of our many capable three point shooters. Don’t expect much in transition, a big part of our game, since they drop two after every shot, basically giving up the offensive board to prevent what we do best.


    In in a nutshell, if we shoot well from outside, especially early and force them to chase a double digit deficit, we’re in good shape. If not, we’re in for a boring slog where they likely beat us by a narrow margin.

    I like any potential final matchup better than this one. If we get by UVA, I give us a 50/50 chance to win it all.
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    Re: What About Those Auburn Tigers?

    lol

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    Re: What About Those Auburn Tigers?

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    SEC Shorts puts out some funny stuff regardless for which team you support. Great video!


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    Re: What About Those Auburn Tigers?

    Quote Originally Posted by imauafan View Post
    If we're being honest and not looking at things through crimson colored glasses, Pearl inherited a bigger dumpster fire than CAJ did. It has been obvious that he was building the talent level up year by year. I discussed this with a buddy of mine (Bama fan) that what was really scary about this Auburn team is that they were without their best player, Mustafa Heron, who transferred to Connecticut. They also lost their backup PG who had been highly recruited but the kid that got to replace him has been very good at the end of the season so that wasn't as big of a loss. Not only did they not have Heron this season but Purefoy took most of the season to shake the rust off and Wiley has battled injuries and also was a bit of rusty himself.
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    lol

    Since the thread has become a discussion of Auburn B-ball...I'd like to ask what y'all think about the state of their program. I saw the SEC shorts video and, while it's funny, it also made me ask the question, "Is Auburn really becoming what they've never been: a SEC power in basketball that will now be able to 'reload'?" Or, "Will they drift back to the normal self in the next year or two?"

    I saw what I think was a "homer tweet" last night claiming that the program is now so solid they can reload and should be at worst, a tourney team each year. I'd agree that should be a tourney team every year (like I think we should) but the implication was they are suddenly an elite team that can rival blue bloods on a regular basis.

    I'll be the first to say they've had a very special year as it's shaping up, but I've been under the impression the Barn has kinda caught "lightning in a bottle" in the last month. That's OK because that's really what you hope your team does late in the season.

    But to suddenly declare the program is now elite and on par with programs who are upper echelon seems to be a homer take. I mean, about 6-8 weeks ago we had a better SEC record than Auburn and both were about the middle of the pack in the regular season SEC race. And remember we led them by double digets in our last game in the second half.

    So what do you guys think??? I don't know their roster enough to even know who they'll lose to graduation or the league. I have a feeling their guard play has pretty much lifted them to this level and much of that has been a hot streak of 3 point shooting. I even wonder if they brought back the same team next year if they could duplicate this same success. Yes, I believe Pearl has built them into a really good team, but I have my doubts about this years success becoming the norm at the Barn in B-ball.

    Despite my doubts about the future, I still give them a really good shot this weekend.

    But what do y'all think about the direction of their program?
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    Re: What About Those Auburn Tigers?

    Looking at AUDub's information it looks like Brown is a senior and perhaps Spencer (assuming he did not redshirt) so they are the only players off this years team that definitely will not be back next year. Until he was injured I assumed Okeke would be declaring for the draft but now I expect him to come back next season. Wiley probably needs another year of college although it would not surprise if he leaves early. Same for Purifoy. Harper is a great college player but doubtful that he makes it in the NBA although I could be wrong. Regardless I expect him back next year as well. McCormick should be back. So if they hang on to Wiley, Purifoy, Okeke, and Harper then they have a very good team next year. I assume they have a good recruiting class coming in so Auburn should be in good shape for next year and would have to be considered a top 10-15 type of team heading into the season. If Wiley plays up to his potential that would be huge. Like him or not Pearl is an outstanding coach.

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    Re: What About Those Auburn Tigers?

    Quote Originally Posted by BamaMoon View Post
    Since the thread has become a discussion of Auburn B-ball...I'd like to ask what y'all think about the state of their program. I saw the SEC shorts video and, while it's funny, it also made me ask the question, "Is Auburn really becoming what they've never been: a SEC power in basketball that will now be able to 'reload'?" Or, "Will they drift back to the normal self in the next year or two?"

    I saw what I think was a "homer tweet" last night claiming that the program is now so solid they can reload and should be at worst, a tourney team each year. I'd agree that should be a tourney team every year (like I think we should) but the implication was they are suddenly an elite team that can rival blue bloods on a regular basis.

    I'll be the first to say they've had a very special year as it's shaping up, but I've been under the impression the Barn has kinda caught "lightning in a bottle" in the last month. That's OK because that's really what you hope your team does late in the season.

    But to suddenly declare the program is now elite and on par with programs who are upper echelon seems to be a homer take. I mean, about 6-8 weeks ago we had a better SEC record than Auburn and both were about the middle of the pack in the regular season SEC race. And remember we led them by double digets in our last game in the second half.

    So what do you guys think??? I don't know their roster enough to even know who they'll lose to graduation or the league. I have a feeling their guard play has pretty much lifted them to this level and much of that has been a hot streak of 3 point shooting. I even wonder if they brought back the same team next year if they could duplicate this same success. Yes, I believe Pearl has built them into a really good team, but I have my doubts about this years success becoming the norm at the Barn in B-ball.

    Despite my doubts about the future, I still give them a really good shot this weekend.

    But what do y'all think about the direction of their program?
    On February 13, they were 16-8 (5-6). Fans on Montgomery sports radio talked with doubt and questioned if the team was going to the NCAAT or NIT. They got hot and went 6-1 to end the regular season. Is that because a couple of guys got hot or that it finally clicked? Hard to know.

    They lose Brown, Spencer, and Dunbar this year. Jamal Johnson should help after sitting out this year.

    Bruce has clearly elevate the program, but I'm not sure they are to the point of "reloading." Heard Fran Fraschilla this morning credit Auburn's veterans as being one reason they are where they are.

    Bryce Brown (SR) - 130 games
    Horace Spencer (SR) - 123 games
    Malik Dunbar (SR) - 72 games (59 games in JUCO)
    Jared Harper (JR) - 105 games
    Anfernee McLemore (JR) - 98 games
    Samir Doughty (JR) - 74 games (VCU & Auburn)
    J'Von McCormick (JR) - 38 games (59 games in JUCO)
    Chuma Okeke (SO) - 72 games

    Then, there are Juniors Wiley (51 games) and Purifoy (56 games) that have been around awhile to contribute.
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    Re: What About Those Auburn Tigers?

    Seniors are Spencer, Brown and Dunbar. Harper may have played himself into the draft and Okeke is the great unknown right now. Wiley would do well to come back. Purifoy has already said he plans to return.

    The class coming in this year is very good.

    High 4* Small Forward Isaac Okoro
    4* Combo Guard Turbo Jones
    4* Stretch Power Forward Jaylin Williams
    3 * Center Stretch Akingbola (who is now closer to 6’10 than the 6’8 listed on his profile)
    3* SF Allen Flanigan
    Then Jamal at Shooting Guard, who was a 3* coming out.

    And I guarantee to you we’ll find a scholarship for 5* Point Guard Sharife Cooper if he reclassifies. We’re favored if he decides to stay for his senior year. Things get a bit hazy if he decides to come on out though.

    We’re not quite at reloading mode yet, but we’re getting close. I expect us to dance again next year with the Sweet 16 as our ceiling.
    Just a barner.

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    Re: What About Those Auburn Tigers?

    Quote Originally Posted by AUDub View Post
    Seniors are Spencer, Brown and Dunbar. Harper may have played himself into the draft and Okeke is the great unknown right now. Wiley would do well to come back. Purifoy has already said he plans to return.

    The class coming in this year is very good.

    High 4* Small Forward Isaac Okoro
    4* Combo Guard Turbo Jones
    4* Stretch Power Forward Jaylin Williams
    3 * Center Stretch Akingbola (who is now closer to 6’10 than the 6’8 listed on his profile)
    3* SF Allen Flanigan
    Then Jamal at Shooting Guard, who was a 3* coming out.

    And I guarantee to you we’ll find a scholarship for 5* Point Guard Sharife Cooper if he reclassifies. We’re favored if he decides to stay for his senior year. Things get a bit hazy if he decides to come on out though.

    We’re not quite at reloading mode yet, but we’re getting close. I expect us to dance again next year with the Sweet 16 as our ceiling.
    Dub, that's a much more realistic take on Barn B-ball. What little I know, I'd say I agree.

    And, I think RTR91 hits the nail on the head by pointing out this team is made up of veteran players who have played together alot. I think what we saw in their last several games is a team that gelled and started playing like a team. Again, exactly what you want late in the year.

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    Re: What About Those Auburn Tigers?

    For all I have said against Auburn, you have to respect what they’ve accomplished. After beating UT in the SEC Tournament, they have eliminated the three winningest team in college basketball history. Tall order that one.

    This team is absolutely capable of beating any of the remaining teams. As long as 3’s fall, AU is in the game.

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    Re: What About Those Auburn Tigers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Go Bama View Post
    This team is absolutely capable of beating any of the remaining teams. As long as 3’s fall, AU is in the game.
    Just hope that 7/23 performance against UK was us getting the bad shooting performance for the tournament out of our system.
    Just a barner.

    There goes Davis!

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    Re: What About Those Auburn Tigers?

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    Re: What About Those Auburn Tigers?

    With Jared likely gone, we are now in excellent position for Sharife Cooper even if he does reclassify. I would officially say we're reloading rather than rebuilding if we reel him in. We'd likely be starting 3 true freshmen though.
    Just a barner.

    There goes Davis!

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