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Auburn is more than just a football school

Auburn men’s basketball team during 2019 NCAA Tournament.

One team that came out of the woodwork during this year’s NCAA Tournament was the Auburn Tigers. I don’t think anyone thought of them as a contender, and the probability that people had them going to the Final Four on their brackets was probably a long shot.

The next game will be a tough one for the Tigers as they play No. 1 seed UVA. So far, UVA has beaten the No. 16, No. 9, No. 12 and No. 3 teams in the South region. Auburn has defeated the No. 12, No. 4, No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the Midwest region. The first game of the tournament was a close call for the Tigers as they only beat New Mexico State by one point. Also, the Elite Eight game against Kentucky went into overtime after the game was tied at 60. The Tigers came out on top and they advanced to Auburn’s first Final Four in school history.

Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl and his team after the win against Kentucky.

On Friday night during their Sweet Sixteen game, Auburn’s top player had a nasty injury during the game. Sophomore Chuma Okeke scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds before he torn his ACL during the second half. Okeke came out to support his team in the second half of the Auburn-Kentucky game and had a nice seat behind the bench in a wheelchair.

Okeke and team celebrates after overtime win against Kentucky.

If Auburn wins the game against UVA, they would have to play the winner of Michigan State-Texas Tech for the championship.  

Auburn alum Charles Barkley had his desk decorated for every Auburn game during March Madness.

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