It seems like just yesterday we were marveling at the performances of Jared Harper, Mustapha Heron, and Danjel Purifoy in their first collegiate games. now, a few short months later, the regular season is coming to a close.
The season hasn't gone as well as we hoped - especially after the way the non-conference schedule played out - but there's a lot of reason for hope surrounding this program in the years to come.
2016-17 isn't over just yet, though. There's still the Missouri Tigers to play, and Auburn needs at least one win - maybe two or three - in the SEC Tournament to make a post-season game.
The good news for Auburn is that with closing the season against Missouri, they're not exactly getting the toughest of challenges. Of course, Auburn hasn't played that fantastically at home, but Missouri has been an amazingly awful road team over the last year or so.
Auburn has struggled in SEC play much more than we hoped they would. Mizzou, though, has only won two conference games. Two. Against two teams that beat Auburn, of course. Both of those were at home, though.
Looking at the statistics, Auburn should win this one easily. From ESPN's site:
Looking at those stats, this should be Auburn's game and it shouldn't even be close. That's particularly true on Senior Night when TJ Dunans should be on his game for the last time in Auburn Arena. So should Ronnie Johnson. Hopefully, this game gets to the point that Devin Waddell can get some minutes in his final game at Auburn, too.
However, this has been a strange year for Auburn Basketball. If the Tigers held on to the leads they've built and done what they should do all season long, then we'd be talking about a NCAA Tournament team. Who knows who shows up? Personally, I think they're going to want to be on their best game in the final home game. I just hope they don't over-think it and try so hard they play sloppy.
How to Watch, Stream, Listen:
Time: 2:30 pm Central
TV: SEC Network
Listen: Auburn Sports Network