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Bruce Pearl celebrates Auburn's NCAA Tournament selection at team watch party‚Äč

Bruce Pearl celebrates Auburn's NCAA Tournament selection at team watch party

Tigers earn first tournament berth since 2003

ATLANTA, Ga. (EETV) - After losing to Alabama Friday in the SEC Tournament, No. 19 Auburn learned they will be going dancing for the first time since 2003, the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee announced Sunday. 

The Tigers earned this year's No. 4 seed in the Midwest region with a 25-7 season record. Because Auburn did not win the SEC Tournament, they received an at-large bid from the selection committee. 

Auburn will play their first round, or two, in the San Diego region along with Clemson, New Mexico State, College of Charleston, West Virginia, Murray State, Wichita State and Marshall. All games played in San Diego will be played at Viejas Arena.

Auburn is slated to play No. 13 seeded College of Charleston in the first round of the tournament. Charleston is the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) tournament champion and received an automatic bid into the big dance. 

This is the Cougars first tournament appearance sine 1999, a 19-year drought. Charleston is 26-7 on the season. 

Auburn is currently a 10.5 point favorite in the match-up. ESPN has given the Tigers 87.8% chance of winning their first game. 

Looking at ESPN's Tournament Challenge people's bracket Monday afternoon, 89% of challenge participants have Auburn moving on to the second round. 60% of brackets have Auburn making it to the Sweet 16.

Auburn will tip off against Charleston at 6:27 p.m. CT on truTV Friday. If Auburn would advance, the Tigers would face the winner of the Clemson-New Mexico State game Sunday.


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