Auburn MBB Look to Maintain Their Style of Play in the Final Four
TIPOFF SET FOR 5:09 BETWEEN VIRGINIA AND AUBURN TOMORROW NIGHT
By this time tomorrow we should know who is going to be playing for a National Championship.
Auburn hopes to prove people wrong again by getting past another one seed.
Virginia barely escaped Purdue in an overtime win in the sweet sixteen, Auburn also won an overtime thriller in their third matchup with Kentucky this season.
From watching Virginia’s last win, Auburn’s Jared Harper says they need to be prepared to not get out of their style of play.
“They play very solid. They don’t get too out of their game like they like to play their game. They like to do the things they like to do, we like to do the things we like to do. We like to play fast and play scrappy. They like to slow it down and be solid. I think they are a very solid team. They make a lot of solid plays, so it’s going to take us to do things to make us change,” says Auburn junior guard Jared Harper.
One familiar face in the Virginia locker room for the Auburn Tigers is former Crimson Tide guard Braxton Key.
“At the end of the day yeah I am playing Auburn. I mean I don’t want to make it about me, oh Braxton is playing Auburn, I mean it’s about us, it’s about Virginia taking on a team that can possibly make it to the championship game,” says Virginia junior guard Braxton Key.
A big story line this week is that this is Auburn’s first time in program history competing in the final four. This isnt the first time head coach Bruce Pearl has been this far.
It might not have been in the DI NCAA tournament, but he says the feeling is still the same.
“In 1994 we lost in a National Championship game to Cal State Bakersfield, and then in ’95 we won the National Championship against Cal State Riverside, so this is actually the third time I’ve been there. The only reason I say that, is not to correct you, but to give credit to the Division II programs and the other championships. There is no bigger stage and I’m just excited for my players because they are walking around with their jaw dropped the whole time,” says Auburn men’s basketball head coach Bruce Pearl.
Every single player on this roster will be taking in these priceless moments tomorrow night in the final four and by that I mean Auburn is one of the deepest teams in this tournament.
The Tigers have been able to lean on their bench when the starters are off thier game.
One player specifically in that role is J’Von McCormick who has been the spark plug for Auburn in the post season.
“I think it’s a good role because the starters are tired when I get in so I can really just push the tiempo. Yeah I’m comfortable with it. It doesn’t bother me whatever the team needs I’ll do it,” says Auburn junior J’Von McCormick.
That trust in each other will show tomorrow night as Auburn and Virginia battle it out for a spot in the National Championship.
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