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News and notes from the Auburn corners of the Internet

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

BASEBALL

The SEC schedule begins today, and it begins with an extremely tough series, with #2 Texas A&M coming to town. I'll have more information on how you can catch the series later today. Butch Thompson is ready for his first SEC season as a head coach.

How is Auburn doing in the Advanced Stats department? AU_Jonesy examined the hitters for the best, the luckiest, and most in need of a pick-me-up. He'll get to the pitchers real soon, too.

BASKETBALL

The men's NCAA Tournament is going on, and we have an open thread if you want to follow along and talk about the action as it happens. There have already been some pretty big upsets in Day 1.

Meanwhile, the Auburn Women's Basketball team will open the NCAA Tournament tonight with a game against St. Johns. I'll have a "How to Watch" for that game up this afternoon.

GYMNASTICS

The SEC meet is this Saturday. Auburn is in the night session, which automatically gives them a bit of a leg up. It's still going to be tough, though, when you consider just how strong the SEC is. The girls are excited and ready to go.

SWIMMING AND DIVING

The NCAA Finals are going on right now, and Thursday's action did not go too well for the Tigers, as none advanced to the evening stages.

TENNIS

The ladies are on the road to take on #61 Missouri and #31 Arkansas this weekend. They're looking to rebound from their first SEC loss to Georgia last weekend.

FOOTBALL

Monty Adams and Carl Lawson both decided to stay in college for one more season. They have some unfinished business to take care of on the Plains. Getting both of them back was absolutely huge for Auburn, and it should be big dividends if they both stay healthy.

ESPN also has Monty Adams in a list of four seniors who could affect the SEC race this season. I'd add Devaroe Lawrence to that. He and Adams could be monsters in the middle for Auburn this season.

It's year 2 for Chandler Cox, and he's hoping to fill the Jay Prosch role while joining Kamryn Pettway in getting carries at the running back slot, as well.

In former Tiger news, Jonathan Jones really did himself some big favors in the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine. He's rocketed up the boards, cutting his position ranking in half and jumping up a few rounds in his draft projection.

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Browns are cleaning up some cap space and Karlos Dansby was released as a result. He's looking for a new team, and he hopes to go to one with a chance to win a ring.