Auburn has shocked every SEC basketball fan and has made it to the semi-finals of the SEC Tournament.
Auburn’s KT Harrell hit a last-second three pointer sending his team into overtime, and his 29 points helped Auburn pull out a 73-70 upset victory over the LSU Tigers.
Auburn gave LSU every chance to extend their lead to double digits, but LSU could not capitalize on the opportunities. The nation’s leading shot-blocker, Jordan Mickey, had a rough game for the LSU Tigers. Mickey, playing through a shoulder injury, spent most of the game on the bench in foul trouble. He finished with 1 point and fouled out late in the game. With Mickey and guard Tim Quarterman fouled out for overtime, the Tiger’s lack of depth hurt them as Auburn rolled onto victory. LSU’s bright spots were Jarell Martin’s double-double, 18 points and 11 rebounds, and 24 points from Keith Hornsby.
Head coach Bruce Pearl has Auburn playing at a level they haven’t reached all season. The Tigers finished conference play with only four wins. They’ve played three conference tournament games in three days and have won them all. They’ve knocked off two teams, LSU and Texas A&M, that bracketology expert Joe Lundari has had in his tournament projections. Both of those teams will likely not receive an invite from the selection committee and will end their seasons in the NIT.
Auburn moves on to play the undefeated #1 Kentucky Wildcats in the semi-finals. The Tigers’ luck will likely run out against Big Blue Nation, who beat Auburn 110-75 on February 21st.