Greenville, SC (EETV)- The term, "basketball school," has been thrown around a lot in Auburn over the past two seasons thanks to the success of Bruce Pearl and his team. Though Auburn's collective confidence in that title has subsided over the course of this year, a recent win over Alabama on their home floor has given a reason for hope heading into the post season.
The men's squad isn't the only reason for Auburn's confidence on the hardwood this post season. The women's team is gearing up for the second round of the SEC Tournament in Greenville, South Carolina tonight. The Tigers matchup with the Crimson Tide and look to give the Auburn family even more bragging rights by continuing their current two-game win streak over the Tide (not to mention that the men's group just completed their own season sweep of Alabama as well).
Don't let the team's recent success over the Tide fool you into thinking that Alabama isn't capable of competing at a high level. The Tide are riding the momentum from their 74-57 win over Vanderbilt in the first round, a game in which Shaquera Wade put up 26 points. Alabama coach Kristy Curry sees tonight's matchup as a chance for her team to right the ship against the Tigers as well.
Auburn is seeking its 22nd win of the season, which would give head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy her most wins in a season at Auburn. The Tigers also have the opportunity to advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament for the first time since 2016, but they'll have to do so against a team and a coach that are playing for pride and revenge; two factors that always seem to have more to do with the outcome when playing against a rival.
The tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. in Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville South Carolina. The game will be televised on the SEC Network and can be heard on WTGZ 93.9 FM or online at AuburnTigers.com.