After reaching the second round of the 2018 NCAA March Madness Tournament, the Auburn Tigers are looking to return. Head coach Bruce Pearl would talk about the upcoming season in an SEC coaches teleconference. Pearl is looking to reach championship status with the Tigers team this season.
Firstly, with the season approaching, Pearl is looking forward to coaching the team he has with him and is looking to improve the backcourt as well this season.
Ending the previous season with a second-round appearance in March Madness, the Tigers are looking to get even further than last year.
Auburn would have success early in the tournament, defeating the College of Charleston 62-58, before advancing to the second round of the tournament. Auburn would fall to the Clemson Tigers 84-53 in San Diego. In the 2017-2018 season, the Tigers were able to secure the title of co-SEC Champions.
Pearl was also named the Red Auerbach National Coach of the Year. Pearl would lead Auburn to a 26-8 record, with a 13-5 record in SEC play in the previous season.
The upcoming season for Pearl will come down to one word: Depth. He believes that one of the strengths for the team is that players “can really play their positions” on the court.
One of the biggest keys for Pearl, in his opinion, is junior guard Samir Doughty. The Virginia Commonwealth University-transfer from Philadelphia enjoys the atmosphere and competitive nature of Auburn, according to Pearl.
The Auburn Tigers are looking to sit atop the SEC this year. Complete with the depth that the roster has, as well as the motivation of “unfinished business”, the Tigers are looking to make a huge wave in the upcoming season. With lots of planning and faith, Pearl is looking to lead the Tigers to championship immortality. As the new season is still months away, Auburn is looking to formulate an iron-clad gameplan to lead them to the top of the world.