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  1. Davis says opportunity to coach at his alma mater a pleasant surprise Mark Murphy 4–5 minutes AUBURN, Alabama–One of the more productive receivers to play for the Auburn football Tigers in the last decade, Marcus Davis is off to a strong start in his career as a college coach, something that got the attention of Hugh Freeze. Davis was the Tigers’ new head coach’s choice to direct the wide receivers and the former Tiger receiver said he appreciates the opportunity. Asked if he thought that he would have the chance to be coaching receivers at his alma mater, Davis said, “I never did. I am glad to be back, to say the very least. It is a dream come true. That is why you want to do right by it and make the best of it. Just get it done.” A four-year letterman for the Tigers from 2013-2016, who started the BCS National Championship Game vs. Florida State, Davis played in 50 games for the Tigers. He caught 83 passes and finished eighth in AU punt return career average when he graduated. After having major success coaching receivers at the University of Hawaii, Davis took a job doing the same thing at Georgia Southern last season and was impressive enough in that role to be hired by Freeze. Davis also received thumbs up reviews from Auburn staff members who had previously worked with Davis. “The place is special, it truly is,” Davis said. “You get more of an appreciation when you leave. Then you come back, it is special. It’s not just words, it is a feeling. That is the biggest thing I would say.” During winter workouts and spring practice, Davis will get a much better idea about the strengths and weaknesses for the players he will be working with for the 2023 season. “We have been on the road a lot so we haven’t gotten much into that so that's really exciting for me right now as we get back and get settled, learn more about the guys, learn more about the skill sets they have and go from there.” The Tigers are scheduled to begin spring drills on February 27th. The staff has been so focused on recruiting this is the first week the focus has shifted on preparation for spring practice. Marcus Davis is shown in action for the Tigers. (Photo: Troy Taormina, USA TODAY Sports) Freeze and his staff managed to salvage the recruiting class, which is ranked 17th by 247Sports. The recruiting ranking for transfer portal additions is No. 3 in the country. “It's amazing,” Davis said of the roster repair done in such a short period. “That's a testament to Coach Freeze. That's the standard, and you know, that's the people in this building as well. We have a bunch of relentless people that are eager to make this place the best we could. That's the part with Coach Freeze, and it's a trickle-down effect to everyone on staff.” Davis noted that his college head coach, Gus Malzahn, accurately predicted what the former wide receiver would be doing after graduation. “I remember as a player, Coach Malzahn told me I was going to be a coach,” Davis said. “I didn't believe it at the time because you are just so focused on the process of being the best player you can be. 6COMMENTS “When I took the time to look back on things, now that I'm sitting where I am now, I see exactly what he was saying. I am glad I chose this career. It's been good, and the best part about it is you get to pour into younger guys who have similar goals to what you have.” *** Subscribe: Receive the latest Auburn intel and scoops*** ">247Sports
  2. Etheridge says 'buying into culture' important for Auburn's football players Mark Murphy 4–5 minutes AUBURN, Alabama–As one of the two holdovers on Auburn’s on the field staff who are coaching for their alma mater, Zac Etheridge has helped Hugh Freeze get up to speed on returning players and AU football in general. Etheridge, who works with the defensive backs, said that Auburn’s new head coach has been soaking up information about “everything” regarding the program. Freeze noted that the input from Etheridge and Carnell "Cadillac" Williams, who is the associate head coach and the running backs coach, has been valuable. “I lean on Cadillac quite a bit, and Zac,” Freeze points out. “There are a lot of things that we are sitting in a staff meeting, ‘Was this a big issue last year?’ And I wouldn’t know that without knowing these guys.” Freeze added that their input, plus input from others in support roles who were with the Tigers last season, is “valuable to me.” Freeze took over as head coach of the Tigers in December, making the move from Liberty University. He coached against Auburn teams while at Ole Miss and has a daughter who is an AU graduate so when he went to work on his new job he had a general idea about what to expect. “I think Auburn is built on families, on the things that we love and the work, hard work,” Etheridge said. “(We) really have just been talking to him about things that we did in the past–the roster management, the guys that we have on the team, just recruiting footprints on what are hotspots for Auburn.” Etheridge noted that he and Williams have been a “sounding board that he can bounce ideas off of things that the players didn't like, they did like, what can we implement to make sure we do things better.” The defensive backs coach said he has given Freeze and the other new coaches information to help the players “buy into the culture fast,” which he noted is important. “Once they buy in, we feel like we can do some big things and that is the biggest thing nowadays is getting all these guys to buy into a team and not be so individual. “It has been good just to be able to talk to him on planes and in the car, and just going up and down the road, talking about the Auburn family, the community and everything that goes on with the program," Etheridge added. Etheridge will share coaching duties in the secondary with Wesley McGriff, whose primary focus will be the cornerbacks. Etheridge’s primary focus is the safeties and nickels, but both men say each will coach all aspects of secondary play this season. The pair will take over a secondary group that returns plenty of starting experience, experienced depth and newcomers who will be pushing to play. The players are going through winter workouts prior to the start of spring practice on Feb. 27th. “I think the biggest thing for the players at this point is they are anxious,” Etheridge said. “I mean, it's a new staff, they all want to know where they fit, where they fit for this style. I mean, Cadillac and I, we are familiar with all the guys, but at the same time it’s like they are excited about what's coming, what we are doing, and they have been enjoying the weight program. You hear all the feedback of what's been going on.” 4COMMENTS Etheridge noted that he is excited to see the defensive backs compete in spring drills. “I am ready to get with them. We have been on the road, we have been away from them, we haven’t had the chance to sit down and talk to them all so they want to get to know us, they want to get to know the coaching style. Most of them know me, but a lot of new guys, transfer-wise, that don't know me, they will get a chance to know me.” *** Subscribe: Receive the latest Auburn intel and scoops***
  3. Suspected Chinese Spy Balloons Crossed Into U.S. 3 Times During Trump Administration Mary Papenfuss ~3 minutes Suspected spy balloons from China crossed into the continental United States at least three times while Donald Trump was president, according to a statement Saturday by the Department of Defense citing an unnamed “senior defense official.” “Chinese balloons briefly transited the continental United States at least three times during the prior administration,” the statement said. The Associated Press also reported that one other balloon crossed into the U.S. earlier in the Biden administration. None of those four incursions reportedly lasted as long as the trip by the suspected spy balloon that the U.S. military shot down Saturday. And none of the other balloons were apparently blown out of the sky, though that was not immediately confirmed. In spite of the visits from possible spy balloons while Trump was in office, many Republicans have complained that President Joe Biden didn’t order the most recent balloon shot down quickly enough — or that he shouldn’t have allowed the balloon to enter U.S. airspace to begin with. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) claimed that Trump would never have allowed a Chinese spy balloon to reach the U.S. “Would Trump have let China fly a spy balloon over our country?” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) asked on Twitter. Craig Singleton, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told AP that Chinese surveillance balloons were sighted several times in the past five years. Some of them have been spotted near U.S. military bases in Hawaii, he said, though he did not specify when. In a message Friday on Truth Social, Trump himself joined the call for the Biden administration to destroy the most recent craft, saying: “SHOOT DOWN THE BALLOON.” But he did not discuss his own administration’s experience with suspected Chinese spy balloons. Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and likely Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley also beat up on Biden for not taking more immediate action, but likewise failed to address incidents involving balloons in the last administration. Shoot down the balloon. Cancel Blinken’s trip. Hold China accountable. Biden is letting China walk all over us. It’s time to make America strong again. — Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) February 3, 2023 them calling out biden when they did worse is about like lying..............
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  5. Cadillac Williams: Auburn running back signee Jeremiah Cobb ‘is going to be a star’ Published: Feb. 04, 2023, 8:00 a.m. 5–6 minutes Auburn made waves with its 2024 and 2025 recruiting classes this week, but the program also capped off its 2023 signing class on Wednesday when it officially welcomed in-state running back Jeremiah Cobb. The four-star running back out of Montgomery Catholic, who had been committed to Auburn since July 1, signed his letter of intent at the start of the February signing period. He was the lone unsigned commit for the Tigers after the early signing period, though he never wavered from his pledge to the program — even after the coaching change on the Plains. Read more Auburn football: Four-star QB Walker White commits to Auburn over Clemson, Ole Miss Hugh Freeze, Auburn coaches face time crunch before start of spring practices Auburn coaches want to assess trio of returning QBs, adapt offense to their strengths during spring Cobb is the highest-rated offensive signee in the Tigers’ 2023 class, and after putting up prolific numbers during his prep career, Auburn running backs coach Cadillac Williams is excited about what the 5-foot-11, 185-pounder will bring to the program’s backfield. “I honestly think the kid is going to be a star,” Williams said Thursday, a day after Cobb signed. “I think the future is so bright for him.” During his four years at Montgomery Catholic, Cobb ran for 6,567 yards and 75 touchdowns while averaging a whopping 10.3 yards per carry and 131.3 yards per game for his high school career. He was a three-time ASWA All-State first-team selection, and he helped lead the school to a runner-up finish in the Class 3A playoffs as a sophomore in 2020. Not only did Cobb routinely put up big numbers on the field, but he improved statistically every season throughout his career. After rushing for 375 yards and four touchdowns as a freshman, Cobb posted three consecutive 2,000-yard rushing seasons at Montgomery Catholic. As a sophomore he ran for 2,013 yards and 18 touchdowns while averaging 8.7 yards per carry and 134.2 yards per game. The following season, he rushed for 2,163 yards and 30 touchdowns while averaging 11.1 yards per carry and 154.5 yards per game. While his overall rushing total declined slightly as a senior, albeit in one fewer game, he ran for 2,016 yards while averaging a career-high 11.7 yards per carry and 155.1 yards per game. That included four 200-yard rushing efforts, with one game of 300-plus yards. He finished his career with six games of at least 200 yards rushing, eclipsing the 300-yard mark in two of those. “It was cool to watch him week in, week out,” Williams said. “One thing I loved about Jeremiah — if you watched Jeremiah from his sophomore, junior to his senior year, each year he got better and better and better. Therefore, from a player standpoint, it lets me know he’s not a guy that’s reading his press clippings. Like, he is a guy that accepts coaching. Whenever I talk to him, he’s locked in. He’s a guy, even in high school, I could critique things that he did. “We talked about it, he could have a great game and, he could have 200-something yards, but hey, it’s my job to find things that you could get better at. He’s accepted coaching well.” Cobb was rated as the No. 9 running back in the 2023 class, the No. 13 player in the state of Alabama and the No. 165 overall recruit in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He will join an Auburn backfield that loses star running back Tank Bigsby but returns Jarquez Hunter, Damari Alston and former walk-on Sean Jackson, and also adds USF transfer Brian Battie, a former consensus All-America kick returner. It remains to be seen what kind of role Cobb will be able to carve out for himself as a freshman, especially since he isn’t a midyear enrollee and won’t have the benefit of spring practices. However, Williams is excited about what he brings to the table, noting that he’s “cut from the same cloth” as Hunter, both on and off the field. What does that mean? As Williams put it, Cobb is “selfless, (a) hard-worker, about his team, about others, about investing in himself, getting better each and every day. He’s got a vision, a drive for himself where he will not be denied.” As far as his running style is concerned, Williams described Cobb as a one-cut runner who is shifty enough to make defenders miss but strong enough to shed tackles and hold his own in pass protection. “He’s a back, to me, that can do it all,” Williams said. “One thing that I love about him, and everybody knows about his speed, everybody knows about his long runs, but he is a guy that can get the tough yards. He’s a guy that breaks tackles. One thing I love about him, he will stick his face in the fan, as in he’s a willing blocker. He’s pretty good at that. “I’m looking forward to getting the opportunity to work with him and just see where his career goes. But man, I am excited about Jeremiah Cobb. He’s going to be a good one.” Tom Green is an Auburn beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Tomas_Verde.
  6. ESPN’s College GameDay returning to Auburn for Alabama basketball game Updated: Feb. 04, 2023, 5:56 p.m.|Published: Feb. 04, 2023, 11:34 a.m. ~3 minutes The Jungle during the Men's Basketball game between Texas A&M Aggies and the #15 Auburn Tigers at Neville Arena in Auburn, AL on Wednesday, Jan 25, 2023. Zach Bland/Auburn TigersZach Bland/Auburn Tigers ESPN’s College GameDay is returning to the Plains for the third time in the last four seasons. The network’s flagship pregame show will broadcast live from Neville Arena next Saturday ahead of the highly anticipated rivalry showdown between Auburn and Alabama. The Tigers and Tide will square off at 1 p.m. at Neville Arena, with the game airing on ESPN. Read more Auburn basketball: Auburn lands state’s top player in 2024 class, four-star combo guard Labaron Philon Auburn freshman Chance Westry a “very, very real possibility” to redshirt this season Auburn lands five-star 2024 point guard Tahaad Pettiford “It’ll be a big game – that’s probably gonna get some national television attention,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said Thursday. “So, we’ll see what happens on that date. But that’ll be exciting for Auburn in our community.” Auburn joins Duke as the only program to host College GameDay in each of the last three seasons the show has aired -- 2019-20, 2021-22 and 2022-23. The show did not air during the 2020-21 season due to the pandemic. Auburn is 2-0 in games when ESPN’s College GameDay broadcasts from the Tigers’ homecourt. The show was previously on the Plains for Auburn’s win against then-No. 13 Kentucky on Feb. 1, 2020, and then again last season for then-No. 1 Auburn’s victory against Texas A&M on Feb. 12, 2022. The show’s visit to the Plains for the rivalry game will place Auburn in a tie for ninth all-time among schools to host College GameDay for basketball. Auburn will join UConn, Arizona, Memphis, Notre Dame and Baylor on that list. The one-hour pregame show is hosted by Rece Davis and features analysts Jay Bilas, LaPhonso Ellis and Seth Greenberg. The show will air from 10-11 a.m. from Neville Arena, where gates will open at 9 a.m. A game ticket is required to enter the arena for College GameDay. Auburn is currently ranked 25th in the AP poll, while Alabama is ranked fourth. The Tigers have won two straight against the Tide, and the teams have split their last six meeting overall since Nate Oats took over in Tuscaloosa. Tom Green is an Auburn beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Tomas_Verde. If you purchase a product or register for an account through one of the links on our site, we may receive compensation.
  7. auburnwire.usatoday.com Tigers of the Game: Broome, Green earn honors for effort in tough loss Tennessee Taylor Jones 3–4 minutes Saturday’s game between No. 2 Tennessee and No. 23 Auburn did not end with an aesthetically-pleasing box score. The Volunteers went 17-of-63 from the field in the game while Auburn made just 13-of-55 of their shots in Tennessee’s 46-43 win over Auburn at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville. Tennessee’s leading scorer, Josiah Jordan James, succeeded on just 5-of-12 shots while Johni Broome, Auburn’s highest-scorer, went 5-of-13 from the field. Buy Tigers Tickets In a game that made offensive-minded fans cringe and fans of a more defensive-style game grin menacingly, all aspects of Saturday’s game were considered in selecting Auburn’s best performers. Following the game, the staff at Auburn Wire, as well as Auburn fans on Twitter, cast their vote for the game’s most valuable player. Who stood out the most? Here’s a look at which player Auburn Wire writers Taylor Jones, J.D. McCarthy, and River Wells, as well as Auburn fans, chose as their Tiger of the Game following Auburn’s loss to Tennessee. Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports Green may not have had the best game offensively, but his defensive efforts can not go unnoticed. Green recorded seven rebounds and posted four steals. He also had a hand in creating points by adding three assists to his total. Offensively, he ended the game with nine points, which was second-most on the team behind Flanigan. He also nailed a three-pointer with 0:30 remaining to put Auburn in postion to win the game by cutting Tennessee’s lead down to 44-43. Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports It took some time, but Johni Broome led the team in scoring with 11 points in Saturday’s loss. It marks the ninth time this season that Broome has ended the game as Auburn’s scoring leader. The Knoxville News-Sentinel In what has become the norm, Broome also led the team in boards. He was one rebound away from earning his eighth double-double of the season by securing nine in the loss to Tennesse. He has now been Auburn’s leading rebounder 15 times this season, and has led the team in rebounds in five-straight games. The Knoxville News-Sentinel In a close vote, Johni Broome edged Wendell Green Jr. by winning 48% of the vote. Cast your vote for your “Tiger of the Game” by visiting Auburn Wire on Twitter following every game. John Reed-USA TODAY Sports Here is a look at how many Tigers have earned a “Tiger of the Game” vote this season: Johni Broome 32 Wendell Green Jr. 17 Jaylin Williams 13 Allen Flanigan 5 K.D. Johnson 2 Chris Moore 2 Tre Donaldson 1
  8. 5 takeaways from Auburn's 46-43 loss at Tennessee Nathan King 8–11 minutes KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Auburn showed plenty of fight in a road game against the No. 2 team in the country, but it needed just a couple more shots for its biggest win of the season. And it certainly wishes one more whistle had been blown. Despite Tennessee's elite defense that held down the Tigers most of the night, Auburn kept things tight down the stretch before ultimately falling 46-43 at Thompson-Boling Arena on Saturday afternoon. Auburn begged for a foul call on the final shot of the game, when Wendell Green Jr. was defended by Tennessee's Olivier Nkamhoua on a would-be tying 3-point shot to send the game to overtime. Here are Auburn Undercover's immediate takeaways, as the Tigers move into the second half of conference play at 7-3. The Volunteers now have two straight wins over their former head coach after losing six straight. Controversial ending Bruce Pearl, his staff and players were all outraged at the end of the game, when no foul was called to five Green Jr. a chance for three free throws. Pearl said postgame he got no explanation from officials during Tennessee's celebration. "Very disappointed at the end of the game," Pearl said. "Very disappointed." Added Pearl: "I don't think we were affected at all by the environment, which was great." He then paused and continued: "We weren't affected by the environment." Auburn fought from down 8 points with five minutes remaining, scoring on four of its next five possessions. After a triple by Green Jr. with 32 seconds left, Johni Broome and Auburn's trapping defense forced a turnover on Vols veteran guard Santiago Vescovi in the backourt, setting up Green Jr.'s look in the final seconds "I've got to do a better job of getting our guys looks in practice and working on it," Pearl said. "I've just got to work on it more. We work on a lot of things, and I've just got to work on some end-game offense so I can get my team better shots. That's what I'm responsible for." Auburn fights through Vescovi’s huge shot Tennessee’s second 3-pointer of the entire game couldn’t have come at a bigger time. A pair of free throws by Jaylin Williams kept Auburn chugging along, bringing it to a one-possession game at 40-38. Then Vescovi drilled a triple, and was fouled by K.D. Johnson for a 4-point play, pushing the lead suddenly back to 6. Auburn benefited from two missed free throws by Tobe Awaka, though, and Green Jr. buried a pull-up triple with 32 seconds left to cut it to a 3-point lead. "I don't think we were affected at all by the environment, which was great." Pearl then paused and continued: "We weren't affected by the environment." And after Rick Barnes had to call timeout when the Vols couldn’t inbound the ball, they barely got in play the next time around. But the Tigers trapped effectively, Broome forced Vescovi to the sideline, and it ended up a Tennessee turnover. Pearl opted for a quick 2-point shot, and Broome scored with 17 seconds left on a put-back after a miss by Williams. Zakai Zeigler made both his free throws, so Auburn needed a deep ball. Green Jr. barely missed — and the Tigers pleaded their case for a good couple minutes after the final buzzer. Tigers’ massive field-goal drought Against what’s currently one of the best defenses in the past three decades of college basketball, Auburn was desperate for baskets most of the first half. Auburn got off to an 8-0 start, primarily due to its play under the basket on both ends. Broome started 3-for-3 from the floor, and held Vols big man Nkamhoua to an 0-for-5 clip out of the gates, including a block. Tennessee wasn’t able to shoot its way out, either, starting 0-for-7 from beyond the arc. The Vols started 2-of-17 overall. "Man, Johni did great," Pearl said. "Again, a better coach would've got him the ball better than me. I should've gotten him more touches. I should've gotten it to him more, deeper. But Tennessee is a great defensive team." Then a slow, 17-5 run ensued for Tennessee, as Auburn went on to miss 18 of 19 shots for the rest of the first half. Its only make was a doozie, when Green Jr. hit a 3-pointer from the first ‘E’ of Tennessee’s midcourt logo. His deep triple was Auburn’s only make on 11 first-half attempts, though Green Jr. had at least a couple more quality looks that nearly went down. The 3-pointer remained Auburn’s only bucket until Broome finally made one, breaking a string of five straight misses for the big man. And somehow, with Auburn making only one shot between the 15:43 mark of the first half, and the 15:39 mark of the second half, the Tigers never trailed by more than 5 points during that stretch. Defense was obviously to thank, as the Vols weren’t getting many easy looks inside or out, thanks in large part to three blocks and four steals for Auburn in the first half. Tennessee's brief run feels huge It was more of the same in the second half, with Auburn starting 0-of-7 from the field until Broome’s make. Then with continued defensive consistency, the Tigers tied it up at 28-28 with a 3-pointer by Allen Flanigan, just their second of the game. When Flanigan, Green Jr. and Williams went to the bench, though, the Vols mounted an 8-0 run over that 3:18 that felt gargantuan — considering it took Auburn just under six minutes to get its first 8 points of the second half. A couple minutes later, Tennessee had three straight trips down the floor where it could have pushed the lead to double digits with under seven minutes to play. The Tigers got a stop on all three, then finally broke through by scoring on three of their next four possessions: a floater by Flanigan, a drive to the hoop by Johnson, a pair of freebies from Johnson. That gave the Tigers, despite a grind-it-out game all afternoon, a chance late against the No. 2 team in the country, down 40-36 at the final media timeout. Every shot counts for Auburn The Tigers knew scoring opportunities were going to be invaluable, and that was certainly the case against the best defense in college basketball. Auburn logged season lows in overall shooting at 24 percent (13-of-55), 3-point shooting (3-of-27), assists (five), and tied its season low in scoring (43). Only five players scored for Auburn: Broome (11 points and nine rebounds), Johnson (10 points and 6-of-8 free throws), Green Jr. (9 points on 2-of-10 shooting), Flanigan (9 points and eight boards) and Williams (4 points and nine rebounds). The Vols were held to a season-low in scoring, too, on 27 percent shooting. Its 46 points are the fewest for Tennessee in a victory since 1984. "Kids did an incredible job defensively," Pearl said. "Our guards, the way they guarded — Vescovi and (Zakai) Zeigler (0-of-10 from the floor). Doesn't matter. They did what I asked them to do. I can't compliment our kids enough for the way they locked in the scouting report. And Steven Pearl and his team did an incredible job." Tennessee's 15 offensive boards loomed large, too, leading to 10 second-chance points — 21.7 percent of the scoring for what entered the game as the best overall rebounding team in the country. "They’re big, strong, physical," Pearl said. "I thought our guys fought pretty valiantly, I think there were a couple of second-half offensive rebounds where maybe we came up out of our stance and didn’t finish the possession. Jaylin Williams with eight defensive (rebounds), Johni with six, Wendell with seven, Al with seven. Those are great numbers against the best offensive rebounding team in our league. So obviously, second-chance points were a factor." Almost picked one off Of Auburn's murderous trio of games at Tennessee, at Texas A&M and at home against Alabama, the matchup in Knoxville seemed the toughest. And the Tigers nearly pulled it off, losing by 3 points in a second straight Quadrant 1 road game. "I think we're gonna look at it and say we got some pretty good looks," Pearl said. "We missed some open shots. But when you're playing against the No. 2 team in the country, you've gotta hit open shots." Despite the loss, Auburn moved up four spots in KenPom's rankings to No. 22. It was by no means a blow to Auburn's NCAA tournament resume, but a win would have been a massive boost for the Tigers' prospective placement in March — and their overall comfort level in making the tournament, period. While Tuesday's trip to College Station isn't against one of the very best teams in the country, it still serves as a chance for the Tigers to grab their second Quad 1 win of the season (home win vs. Arkansas). 11COMMENTS
  9. What Bruce Pearl said about Saturday's controversial no-call, his team's performance at Tennessee Taylor Jones 2–3 minutes The No. 23 Auburn Tigers made just 24% of their shots in Saturday’s loss to No. 2 Tennessee at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville. Despite its’ poor shooting effort, the Tigers still had a chance to force overtime and possibly exit Knoxville with a win. In the final seconds of the game, Auburn’s Wendell Green Jr. took a three-point that, if made, would have tied the game at 46-46 at the buzzer. Green’s shot was off the mark but Tennessee’s Oliver Nkamhoua appeared to have made contact with Green while he was airborne. Buy Tigers Tickets The officials did not deem the contact worthy of a foul. The “what might have been” factor of the no-call was a popular topic on social media following the game, but how does Auburn’s head man feel about the incident? After Auburn’s 46-43 loss to Tennessee on Saturday afternoon, Bruce Pearl was asked if the officials offered clarification as to what they saw. “No. No explanation,” Pearl said while shaking his head in disappointment. Pearl could have taken shots at the officiating crew, but instead shared accountability with the media after the game, saying that his team should have been in a better position to win without needing help from the referees. “Very disappointed (at what happened) after the game. Very disappointed. But I have to do a better job, in practice, I just have to work on it more,” Pearl said. “We work on a lot of things, and I just have to work on in-game offense so that I can get my team better shots. That is what I am responsible for.” Pearl also shared his regret for not setting up Johni Broome, who only took 12 shots during Saturday’s game, with more touches. He also talked about his team’s low shooting percentage. “I think that we are going to look at it and say that we got some pretty good looks. We missed some open shots,” Pearl said. “You are playing the No. 2 team in the country, you have to make open shots because it is hard to get open shots.” Pearl and the Tigers will now prepare for a quick turnaround, as they will play a rematch against Texas A&M on Tuesday night in Bryan-College Station, Texas. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.
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