Auburn’s 2020-21 season got underway in Fort Myers, Florida against Saint Joseph’s and preseason No. 1 Gonzaga. Freshman Justin Powell was a bright spot as the Tigers split the two games with an overtime win against Saint Joseph’s and a 23-point loss to the No. 1 Bulldogs.
Auburn put up 12 shots against Alabama in a 1-0 loss, while the Crimson Tide only put up seven shots and two on target, but that was enough as Alabama was able to find the back of the net early and hold on.
A marching band and cheerleaders in the stands, a virtual eagle flight and about 70,000 missing Auburn fans. It was far from a normal gameday in Auburn on Saturday, but it was one of the best sports atmospheres during this pandemic.
Auburn fell to Alabama by 19 points on Wednesday and followed that up with a 22-point loss to Florida. Auburn’s offense came up well short of its season averages with 64-point and 47-point performances.
Auburn will enter a new decade with a 12-0 record after an 86-59 victory over the Lipscomb Bisons. Danjel Purifoy and Jamal Johnson showed out for the Tigers by leading the team in scoring with 17 and 14 points while Austin Wiley recorded his second consecutive double-double.
Auburn took down Jacksonville State 62-53 in the Tigers final game before SEC play begins. Unique Thompson and Daisa Alexander were the stars for Auburn with Thompson recording another double-double and Alexander achieving a career milestone.
Auburn defeated Lehigh 74-51 after a sluggish first half. The brightest spot for the Tigers early and often was senior Austin Wiley who was dominant on the boards and led Auburn to the convincing win.
Auburn Basketball has gotten off to a fast start by opening the season 3-0. The Tigers scored 83, 76 and 70 points in the wins, respectively. This is an average of 76.3 points per game which is a good compliment to a defense allowing only 69.7 points per game. Auburn has struggled to protect the basketball and make free throws so far this season, though.
Auburn defeated a strong mid-major team in Davidson by 10 points on Friday in the Veterans Classic. It was a neutral site showdown in Annapolis, Maryland hosted by Navy. The Tigers were led by freshman Isaac Okoro in his second career game.