MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Coach Bruce Pearl has worked wonders as Auburn’s basketball coach, leading the Tigers to their first Final Four last season.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Auburn coach Bruce Pearl had just finished dissecting the Tigers' workmanlike win over Davidson when someone asked how he and his players enjoyed their visit to the Naval...
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Auburn Tigers will rely on a new cast of leading men this year as they try to maintain the momentum coming off their first Final Four run.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — There will be plenty of new faces with an opportunity to make an impact in the Southeastern Conference now that the upperclassmen who dominated the league last year have...
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Auburn coach Bruce Pearl and LSU's Will Wade are both hoping to build on big seasons while dealing with a major potential challenge for their respective programs off the...
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn and basketball coach Bruce Pearl have agreed to a new five-year contract.
The deal announced Friday, which is worth about $20 million, runs through the 2023-24...
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn point guard Jared Harper says he will leave school at the end of the spring semester to enter the NBA Draft.
Harper helped lead the Tigers to their first Final...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — There is a sheen that always seems to glisten on Auburn coach Bruce Pearl.
You see, he sweats. A lot.
He mostly keeps his suit jacket on during games, but Pearl...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — One team's coach got kicked out of the sport for three years, and two of his assistants have been named in bribery scandals. Another team's coach is the most high-profile name...
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Jared Harper might just epitomize this Auburn basketball team: overlooked, undersized and playing about as well as anybody.
Dick Bennett's fingerprints will be all over this year's NCAA Tournament.
The former longtime coach has ties to three of the four coaches in Minneapolis this week, one by...
Tom Izzo drew up the perfect play at the perfect moment, sending Michigan State past mighty Duke for a spot in the Final Four.
The trip is always emotional, but Izzo has done it before. This...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The confetti was still swirling around Auburn coach Bruce Pearl when he gazed over a team headed to the first Final Four in school history and declared, "This one was for...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Auburn coach Bruce Pearl knew the moment sophomore forward Chuma Okeke landed on the floor, his left knee having buckled at a gruesome angle, that something serious had...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Nobody stepping onto the floor for Auburn in the Midwest Region semifinals on Sunday was recruited by Kentucky, the lone team standing in the way of the Tigers' first trip...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The euphoria of reaching the Elite Eight for the first time in 33 years had already worn off and Auburn coach Bruce Pearl was left to arrange his bravest smile on his...
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn basketball first got a new arena, then finally got a coach to fill it.
Eventually, wins, titles and NCAA Tournament berths came, too.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Bruce Pearl and Auburn made another unexpected leap in its rebuilding process Saturday night, putting on a dazzling offensive display to take down a college basketball blue...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Auburn Tigers are stringing together some impressive accomplishments with coach Bruce Pearl. Now they have a chance at something particularly special before the NCAA...
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Auburn Tigers limped down the stretch of their best season in nearly two decades last year. Now, the Tigers have rebounded from some earlier struggles and head into the...
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Auburn Tigers saved their best for last, and so did Jared Harper.
Harper made four straight free throws over the final 31 seconds and two late 3-pointers to help...
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Bryce Brown took one dribble from the corner nearest his bench, rose up and buried a 3-pointer, all but icing a massive win for Auburn's NCAA Tournament...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — With shots not falling, the Auburn Tigers focused on defense to steal away from Memorial Gym with a very rare win.
Jared Harper scored 16 points, and Auburn beat Vanderbilt 64-53 Saturday for the Tigers' first win at Memorial Gym since Feb. 16, 2000.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Missouri's Cuonzo Martin is downplaying his return to Tennessee as a visiting coach for the first time since the end of his own tenure coaching the Volunteers.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Auburn Tigers are still scoring at a high rate. The problem is, so are their opponents.
The Tigers, who spent six weeks in the top 10, have dropped from the rankings this week after their first three-game losing streak in nearly two years.
"The biggest thing that is ailing us is our defense," Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said Tuesday.
Scoring certainly hasn't been the problem for Auburn (13-6, 2-4 Southeastern Conference), which hosts Missouri (10-8, 1-5) Wednesday night.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — One of Frank Martin's best coaching moments this season for South Carolina came away from the games or the practice court. He counseled his senior leader Chris Silva to forget about the team's early problems and savor every minute he had left to play.
Silva has taken that advice and powered the Gamecocks' surprising run through the Southeastern Conference.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Kentucky's Ashton Hagans is one of the Southeastern Conference's top defenders, a freshman point guard who arrived in Lexington as one of the nation's coveted prospects.
Auburn's Jared Harper is a three-year starter and one of the league's most accurate 3-point shooters but wasn't quite so highly recruited.
The point guards will face off Saturday when the 12th-ranked Wildcats and No. 14 Auburn meet in a showdown of likely league contenders.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Jared Harper's quick 3-pointer to start the game signaled this would be a more typical performance for both Auburn and its star point guard than the last one.
Harper had 22 points and seven assists and he and the 11th-ranked Tigers rebounded from a rough night to beat Georgia 93-78 on Saturday.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Shuffling its starting lineup and finding its 3-point shot in the second half helped No. 7 Auburn to a bounce-back victory at home.
Samir Doughty scored 20 points, Austin Wiley had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Auburn held off Murray State 93-88 on Saturday.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — This is the stage Penny Hardaway wants at Memphis.
Excitement, anticipation and a sell-out crowd for the biggest game the Tigers have played in years. That's the setting for Saturday's showdown with No. 3 Tennessee after a nearly six-year break in the series.
"I can feel that the fans want this game as bad as we want it," Hardaway said earlier this week. "The Tennessee fans are bragging right now and sitting in a great spot, which deservedly so. They've earned that."
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn coach Bruce Pearl has signed a five-member recruiting class to build on a Southeastern Conference championship season.
The class announced Monday includes prospects Babatunde Akingbola, Allen Flanigan, Tyrell Jones, Isaac Okoro and Jaylin Williams.
The class was ranked No. 10 nationally by 247Sports and 11th by ESPN.
Okoro, a 6-foot-6 forward from Powder Springs, Georgia, is a consensus Top 50 player. The other four are also rated as four-star recruits.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Auburn Tigers gave a sellout crowd plenty to cheer, from a huge early lead over a ranked nonconference team, to the return of Austin Wiley to the court, to a lopsided victory.
Chuma Okeke had 19 points and 10 rebounds and Samir Doughty scored 18 to lead No. 11 Auburn to an 88-66 victory over No. 25 Washington on Friday night.
The Tigers (2-0) raced to an 18-point halftime lead and pushed it to 30 in their first home win over a ranked nonconference team in nearly 48 years.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Jared Harper opened the game with an alley-oop pass to Anfernee McLemore and drained a 3 -pointer a minute later.
It was that kind of opening night for Harper and No. 11 Auburn. The point guard had 20 points, 13 assists and six 3-pointers to lead the Tigers to a 101-58 win over South Alabama on Tuesday night in the season opener for both teams.
"We played extremely well," Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. "We would have beat a lot of people tonight.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — No. 11 Auburn opens the season with every reason for sunny optimism instead of last year's dark cloud of concern.
Not only do star guards Bryce Brown and Jared Harper return but so do 6-foot-11 center Austin Wiley and forward Danjel Purifoy, both of whom were forced to sit out last season for NCAA rules violations .
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Auburn was struggling to put away a mediocre Mississippi team in the second half when Bryce Brown made a crucial 3-pointer to give the Tigers a little separation.
The smooth-shooting junior was just getting started.
Brown made several crucial shots down the stretch, scoring 19 of his 23 points in the second half to lead No. 11 Auburn over Ole Miss 79-70 on Tuesday night.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — After coming out flat in its previous two home games, Auburn gave the crowd plenty to cheer about right from the start Saturday.
Mustapha Heron had 21 points on 8-for-10 shooting as No. 19 Auburn cruised to a 95-70 win over LSU, maintaining sole possession of first place in the Southeastern Conference.
Bryce Brown scored 15 points and DeSean Murray had 18 points and eight rebounds for Auburn (19-2, 7-1 SEC). Heron also grabbed eight boards.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — With 13 minutes left, Missouri had trimmed No. 19 Auburn's lead to just one with a 9-2 spurt. Less than six minutes later, Auburn was ahead 74-54.
In a game of runs, Auburn used a 20-2 surge to pull away for a 91-73 victory Wednesday night. Jared Harper led Auburn with 21 points, and Bryce Brown and Desean Murray each added 16.
Five players scored in double figures for Auburn (18-2, 6-1 Southeastern Conference). Mustapha Heron had 14 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Auburn basketball is on such a roll that guard Bryce Brown is having a hard time keeping track of how many games the Tigers have won in a row.
"It's 14, right?" Brown asked. "We're just trying to enjoy this as much as possible."
Indeed, it's been 14 straight wins for No. 22 Auburn, and the latest 76-68 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday put the Tigers into sole possession of first place in the Southeastern Conference.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Auburn Tigers have gone from looking like one of college basketball's biggest messes to one of the season's best surprises.
The 22nd-ranked Tigers (15-1, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) are ranked for the first time in nearly 15 years and riding a 13-game winning streak that includes back-to-back wins over Top 25 teams. Only No. 2 West Virginia (15 games) has a longer active winning streak.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn coach Bruce Pearl saw his team taking what Mississippi's defenders were giving, and that wasn't good enough. So in the second half, the Eagles tried to take over by simply taking charge.
Desean Murray had 16 points and eight rebounds, and No. 22 Auburn erased a ten-point halftime deficit to beat Mississippi 85-70 on Tuesday night.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn's 88-77 win over No. 22 Arkansas on Saturday meant a trip to the record book.
Mustapha Heron scored 17 points and Auburn fended off a late comeback to secure its 12th consecutive win.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Auburn coach Bruce Pearl downplayed the personal impact of earning his first win at Tennessee since his own six-year stint with the Volunteers.
He preferred to discuss the giant step his new team took in earning its 11th straight victory.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Bryce Brown scored 19 points and Mustapha Heron added 17 to lead Auburn to a 98-77 victory over Cornell on Saturday, extending the Tigers' winning streak to 10 games.
The Tigers (12-1) enter Southeastern Conference play off to their best start since opening 16-1 in 1999-2000.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Desean Murray and Mustapha Heron each scored 13 points and a balanced effort led Auburn to an 89-64 win over UConn on Saturday.
It was the Tigers' third-largest margin of victory this season and the Huskies' second-largest margin of defeat.
Auburn (11-1) never trailed in the game and led for the final 34-plus minutes for its ninth consecutive victory.
MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — Needing someone to step up and hit big shots in a close game, Jared Harper accepted the challenge for Auburn.
The sophomore guard scored 11 of his 17 points in the final four minutes to help push the Tigers past Murray State 81-77 on Tuesday night for their ninth consecutive victory.
Trailing by a point, Harper hit three 3-pointers and added two free throws during a 13-4 run to pull away from the Racers. Auburn (10-1) finished 12 of 27 from behind the arc.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — With Auburn down yet another key player, Bryce Brown and Jared Harper helped the Tigers build big leads and then hold on.
Brown finished with 27 points and Harper made 3 of 4 free throws over the final 27 seconds to lead the Tigers to an 85-80 win over UAB on Saturday.
Auburn (8-1) won its sixth straight game even with Mustapha Heron out with back problems, joining already sidelined Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy. His replacement Malik Dunbar came up with some key plays, too.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Anfernee McLemore's forte is blocking shots, not hitting 3-pointers. This time he did both.
Desean Murray scored a season-high 20 points and McLemore finished with 17, mostly on rare 3s, to lead Auburn to an 80-55 victory over Gardner-Webb on Wednesday night.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Mustapha Heron scored 19 points to lead Auburn to a 79-63 win over George Mason on Sunday.
Even without center Austin Wiley — who has not played this season due to eligibility issues — the Tigers (6-1) outrebounded the Patriots 45-30 and had 25 second-chance points. They have outrebounded all of their opponents this season.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Mustapha Heron got an earful — and some ham — from his coach this week.
Heron responded to his coach's scolding with a second straight big game Friday night, scoring a career-high 31 points and collecting 10 rebounds to lead Auburn to a 119-85 victory over Winthrop.
Heron made 11 of 17 shots and all seven free-throw attempts before fouling out. His previous career high was 24 points, and he scored 22 over the weekend against Hofstra after a slow start to the season.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Auburn coach Bruce Pearl was excited about his team's showing in the Charleston Classic and believes the Tigers have the potential for even bigger things this season.
"We're trying to make history," Pearl said Sunday night after his team took third place with an 89-78 win over Hofstra. "You know, every time we do something we haven't done in a long time, we make a little bit of history."