Jan 6, 2018; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers head coach Bruce Pearl celebrates with his team after defeating the Arkansas Razorbacks 88-77 at Auburn Arena. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

SEC Basketball Preview: Auburn Looks to Clinch SEC Title Against Arkansas

The SEC-leading Auburn Tigers takes a road trip to 6th ranked team in the conference, Arkansas.

Tiger Talk (24-5, 12-4 SEC)

The Auburn Tigers have been up to one heck of a season being lead by head coach, Bruce Pearl. Auburn is coming off a tough lost to the Florida Gators 77-66 and were looking to clinch their SEC regular season title against them but fell short. Despite that loss, they still remain number one in the conference and ranked 14th in the AP poll.

They continue their travels on the road, being hosted by the Arkansas Razorbacks. They look to clinch their share of the title in Arkansas during the Razorbacks’ senior night. Leading scores Mustapha Heron (16.3 points per game) and Bryce Brown, 16.1 points per game, look to lead their team to this win ending their regular season road games here. Auburn is the only team in the SEC to hold a road wining record at 5-3.


Keys to Auburn Win

Auburn needs to come out with enough fire power to beat Arkansas due to the fact that it is their senior night and last home game of the regular season. The last time these two teams met was Jan. 6, when they came on top with an 88-77 win. During that game they had five players in double figures, shooting 51.7 percent from the field. The teams needs to lessen the turnover ratio, having 13 turnovers in the first half against the Gators in Saturdays loss.


Arkansas Keys (20-9, 9-7 SEC )

Arkansas, who’s last home game is against Auburn, looks to send their seven seniors off in style defeating the Tigers. Beating Alabama landed them their third SEC road win 76-73. Beating Auburn will make school history, and also help their NCAA Tournament chances by knocking off their fourth ranked team for the season. This Razorback team is lead by Jaylen Barford, 18.1 points per game and Daryl Macon, 17.3 points per game, and both are in top five of scoring leaders in the SEC.

Tune into the SEC Network at 9pm Tuesday night for the game.

Up Next

  • Auburn host South Carolina on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. for senior night.
  • Arkansas takes a road trip to Missouri on Saturday at 6 p.m. to end the regular season.

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