SEC play is in full swing, and while the start of the NCAA Tournament is still two months away, the back half of the schedule is already in the works.
Auburn has played 17 of their 31 regular season games, and when taking a possible run in the SEC tournament, it’s safe to say the Tigers are past the midseason point before the start of March Madness. Bruce Pearl’s team, which climbed to No. 16 in the AP Poll this week and tied a school record for consecutive weeks in the Top 25 (30 and more), is 14-3 overall and 4-1 in SEC play. The Tigers have won three straight games since an uneven month-long run, and they’re trying to make more of a tough but opportunistic stretch from a schedule that began last week and featured four of six games on the road – with three of the team’s next four games away from Neville. Arena.
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for the rest of the season, AL.com He’ll take a weekly snapshot of Auburn’s NCAA Tournament restart, with a look at the team’s record by the quarter, as well as the latest predictions for the Tigers in a field of 68. Here’s where things stand two months into the start of the NCAA Tournament:
Auburn season glimpse:
public record: 14-3
SEC Record: 4-1 (3rd in the league, behind undefeated Alabama and Texas A&M)
AP Scout Rank: sixteen
Kinbaum: 19th (61st in Modified Offensive Efficiency; 13th in Modified Defensive Efficiency)
NET ranking: 26
home log: 10-0
route log: 2-2
Neutral site register: 2-1
Quarter 1 log: 1-2
Quarter 2 Record: 6-1
Quarter 3 Record: 4-0
Quarter 4 log: 3-0
Best win: January 7 vs. Arkansas, 72-59, at Neville Arena (first quarter win)
Worst loss: Jan. 3 at Georgia, 76-64 (2nd quarter loss)
Record strength: 18
Schedule net power: 97
next week: At LSU (Quadrant 2 game) on Wednesday at South Carolina (Quadrant game) on Saturday
Latest NCAA Tournament Predictions (as of January 17)
–The arc matrix, which currently weighs the arc projections from 73 different sourcesAuburn currently ranks sixth in the field. Tigers appear on all 73 arc projections considered.
– ESPN’s Joe Lunardi projects Auburn as a six seed in the Eastern Conference, with the Tigers facing 11th-ranked Maryland in Albany, New York, in the opening round. It was Lonardi’s show as of January 13 (before Auburn’s win over Mississippi State at Neville Arena).
– Jerry Palm of CBS Sports features Auburn as a quintet in the Western Conferencewith the Tigers facing 12th seed Kent State in Orlando, Florida, in the opening round.
– Shelby Mast of Bracket WAG has a six-seed Auburn in the Western Conferenceas the Tigers are expected to face either Wake Forest or Iowa in the opening round.
– RealTimeRPI.com projects Auburn to be the top four seed in the Eastern Conferencewith the Tigers facing Iona in the opening round in San Diego.
– Dropping Bart Torvik in the T rank She holds a cleft Auburn as the best seven seed in the field.
– SB Nation Auburn was projected to be a five seed in the Southern Conference, with the 12th-ranked Tigers facing Kent State in Greensboro, NC, in the opening round. (SB Nation’s latest segment was posted last week.)
– Andy Katz of the NCAA shoots Auburn as the seventh seed in the West region in its first bracket of the season, with the Tigers facing tenth-ranked College of Charleston in the opening round. (Cats’ arc was posted last week.)
Tom Green is the Auburn win correspondent for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @employee