Auburn Prepares for the SEC Tournament
THE AUBURN TIGERS HAVE HAD AN EVENTFUL WEEK AS THEY PREPARE FOR THE SEC TOURNAMENT
The Auburn Tigers had their last practice in Auburn Arena Tuesday afternoon before heading to Nashville for the SEC tournament.
Unfortunately, another assistant coach for Auburn has been linked to the FBI’s investigation into college basketball.
Current Auburn Assistant Ira Bowman’s name was brought up in regards to a federal bribery scheme during his time at Penn University.
“We and our administration are gathering facts and until we know anything more, it would be premature for me to comment anything further,” said Auburn basketball head coach, Bruce Pearl.
Over the past 3 years the tigers have struggled in the SEC tournament and that serves as a point of motivation for this years team.
“I don’t think anybody on the team right now has won a tournament game in the SEC,” says Junior Forward, Anfernee McLemore. “We just have a drive right now to play the best basketball that we can and just be as good as we can in March. Right now, it’s now or never. You win, or you go home.”
One thing they have this year, that they didn’t have at this time last year is a healthy lineup. Junior Center Austin Wiley participated in Tuesdays practice, but Pearl has not stated how much he will play in the SEC Tournament.
On a note away from the basketball court, the entire team went out to Beauregard early Tuesday morning to welcome students back to school after deadly tornadoes wept through the area last week.
“Coach pearl, myself and another teammate got to sit in the classroom and talk to kids that lost one of their classmates, one of their peers. It was comforting to go there and put a smile on their faces, because a lot of them probably didn’t want to get up this morning and go to school,” Said McLemore.
“Just wanted to let them know how much we appreciate them and that we’re here and we’re not going anywhere,” says Pearl. “Went there this morning to welcome the kids back, of course Aubie was the biggest hit.”
The Tigers have a first round bye in the SEC Tournament and will take on the winner of Wednesday nights contest between Missouri and Georgia on Thursday night at 3 pm eastern time.