Auburn’s 1-1 week didn’t hurt too much when it was all said and done. The Tigers fell just two spots in both major polls, and while it’ll be difficult to replace Anfernee McLemore’s production on the court, Horace Spencer showed out in his best 20 minutes of the season after McLemore got hurt. Spencer and Chuma Okeke will need to play much more consistently going forward to make up for the loss on the inside, but they’ve definitely got the skills to do it.
As for what the rest of the nation thinks about Auburn, let’s check in with the bracketology experts around the country.
Kansas? So what else is new... NCAAM Bracketology - ESPN https://t.co/uL3N0o4hLF— Joe Lunardi (@ESPNLunardi) February 19, 2018
After Auburn momentarily jumped up to a 1-seed in Lunardi’s bracket after the win over Kentucky, we were sent back to earth with the loss at South Carolina. Kansas steps into our old slot, and the Tigers are back to a 2-seed in the South Region, where they would begin play in Nashville against UC-Santa Barbara. Win that game, and it’s a date with the winner of the 7-10 matchup in either Creighton or Louisville.
What about Jerry Palm?
Palm and Lunardi have the exact same opening-round opponent for Auburn. Palm says that we’ll also be in Nashville against UC-Santa Barbara, but we’d face the winner of a 7-10 game between Oklahoma and Providence.
And our mothership experts also have Auburn as a 2-seed, only against Wagner in Nashville. If Auburn wins that game, it’s a meeting with the 7-10 winner between Florida State and TCU.
Things are coming down to the final two weeks of the regular season, and with the conference tournaments right after, things could get very interesting in terms of bids being stolen left and right. The SEC will still get several teams in, but without McLemore, Auburn becomes a little less of an elite team as we’ve seen, and merely a very good team. We’ll see exactly how the Tigers respond and how their fortunes look tomorrow night at home against Alabama. War Eagle!