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Coffee and Magnolia: 3 March 2015

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News and notes from the Auburn corners of the Internet

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

BASKETBALL

Antoine Mason will miss tonight's game against Missouri, and possibly the regular season finale against Georgia on Saturday, following the death of his father, Anthony. I know I'm joined by everyone else in wishing him the best and thinking of and praying for his family in this time.

Head coach Bruce Pearl spoke with the media yesterday about the Tigers' recent troubles. He laid the blame for it on himself.

Women's basketball freshman Jazmine Jones was named the SEC Freshman of the Week following her 21 point performance at Vanderbilt and her 10 point performance against Alabama at home on Sunday. The women are in Fayetteville, Arkansas for the SEC Tournament. they face Florida in the first round on Wednesday at 6pm CDT.

BASEBALL

The MAX Capital City Classic is scheduled for today in Montgomery between Auburn and Alabama. The 9-3 Auburn Tigers will face the 7-4 Crimson Tide, with the game set to begin at 6:30pm CDT.

Sophomore Anfernee Grier is riding a 14 game hitting streak going into Tuesday's match-up with the Tide. For that and his .500 batting average, three doubles, six runs scored, three RBIs, and two stolen bases in last week's games, Grier earned SEC Co-Player of the Week.

FOOTBALL

Pro Day is today! For the first time, it'll be televised live for your viewing pleasure. The SEC Network is good for some things, apparently. Although why they'll insist on still airing Finebaum over midweek baseball games I have no idea (no, actually, I do: national ratings are sadly probably better for the Bum).

As we go into Spring Practice, AL.com breaks down two units of the team and where depth stands for them. First came the quarterbacks, and now they are on to the running backs.

ESPN.com has a few Tiger-related things up on their SEC blog. They've set Auburn at 4th in the SEC in pre-Spring position rankings for Linebacker. I've got to say that this may be the one time I think they're being too generous rather than not enough. Frost and McKinzy are more than capable, but I'm not sure they're 4th best in the SEC as a unit when combined with sophomore Tre Williams. I think this is a decent unit, but not 4th in the conference going into spring. Maybe coming out of fall and going into the season once the defense adjusts and some of the incoming signees show whether or not they'll make an impact they'll be that high, but not now.

There are a few Auburn-related nuggets in ESPN's "Spring Preview: 10 burning SEC questions." Those nuggets are in questions about early enrollees, defensive improvements, and whether any SEC teams are primed for a playoff run. I disagree with ESPN about Auburn not being a team with a quarterback battle, though. Yes, I think Jeremy Johnson will win the starting job. I'm telling you, though, do not count out Sean White making this a battle. I would be surprised if White wins the job over Johnson, but it is definitely a possibility.