In a matchup that has SEC tournament seeding implications, #12 Vanderbilt (14-1-1, 6-0-1 SEC) took a step forward to improve their standing, as they defeated Auburn (11-4-1, 3-4-1 SEC) by a score of 3-0 Thursday night at the Auburn Soccer Complex.
Kentucky back on top? Auburn or Tennessee to repeat? And some surprise teams. Your 2018-2019 SEC Basketball Preview
The SEC is coming off a record season in men’s basketball, sending eight teams (Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas A&M) to the NCAA Tournament last year. Upstarts such as Auburn and Tennessee look to prove that last season wasn’t a fluke, while Kentucky looks to defend their SEC championship title as the best team in the conference.
Gus Malzahn is in his sixth season as Auburn’s head coach. His record coming into the Tennessee game: 49-24. To the casual college football fan, that would be an excellent record and wouldn’t warrant a call to the fictional hot seat. However, with an embarrassing loss to a Tennessee team Saturday that had not won a SEC game since 2016, it’s time for Gus Malzahn’s hot seat to be scorching like a thousand suns.
ICYMI: "...I’m disappointed for our fans, and I’m not happy.” Recapping Auburn's 30-24 loss to Tennessee
"I don’t care about the future, I don’t care about the past, I don’t care how great or bad I did last year or how I’ve done up to this point. I’m going to continue to fight for my teammates." - Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham
Coming off a SEC title and an appearance in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2003, the Auburn Tigers are looking to live up to their lofty new expectations for the 2018-2019 season.
March Madness is on the horizon, and Auburn basketball fans have enjoyed this Cinderella season, which has been made even sweeter in the latest tournament projections released.