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Auburn vs Vanderbilt Game Open Thread

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SEC play starts tonight.

The Rifleman will return to the site of one of his greatest performances as a player
The Rifleman will return to the site of one of his greatest performances as a player
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Auburn opens SEC play tonight on the road at Vanderbilt. Auburn hasn't had much luck with SEC road openers over the past, well... 14 years. That's a long time. The Tigers also haven't won at Vanderbilt's Memorial Gymnasium in some time.

I highly recommend Phillip Marshall's retrospective on the last time Auburn assistant coach Chuck Person visited Vanderbilt's Memorial Coliseum. In the days before three pointers were a thing, The Rifleman dropped 40 points on the Commodores as part of his 2,311 career points while an Auburn Tiger.

Auburn has a player on its team now who may match Person's career number before the season is over in Antoine Mason, though he will only have one season as an Auburn Tiger. Auburn is the only team in the nation - according to the official site's game notes - to boast players with 2,000+ and 1,000+ career points (Mason and KT Harrell, respectively).

Riding high on a five game winning streak, the Tigers are hoping to get the SEC season started off right with a big victory in Nashville. It would go a long way towards making a statement that Bruce Pearl's Tigers are here to compete.

Get ready, folks, the real season starts now. It's time for Auburn Basketball.