AUBURN, Ala. – This time last year, Auburn cut nets. On Saturday, visiting Tennessee was the only team that could have done so at the Auburn Arena.
But then Auburn threw up the ladder. Anfernee McLemore was out for the season with a broken leg. Bryce Brown was not 100 percent. Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy were not eligible.
While winning their first SEC season championship in almost 20 years, Auburn ended the regular season and lost three of their last five games. It lost with double digits to rival Alabama in the SEC tournament, knocking out an ugly NCAA tournament win over No 13 from the College of Charleston, and then lost 29 to Clemson in a second round game that was never close. [1
9659002] But this time is different.
No, Auburn will not repeat as a league champion, and it fell from a top 10 team to oranges during a 2-4 start with the SEC game. It could only take the scissors out of No. 5 Tennessee happens on Saturday.