We all know the football rivalry between Auburn and Alabama is one of the most intense in all of sports, with it reaching its peak every year with the annual Iron Bowl being played at either Jordan-Hare Stadium or Bryant-Denny Stadium, but the latest words from a Crimson Tide basketball player might give the hoops battle a little more steam than normal.
Auburn, 23-3 on the season, ranked in the top 10 nationally and likely on its way to a SEC regular season title and high seed in the NCAA Tournament, defeated SEC king Kentucky on Wednesday night. Crimson Tide guard Dazon Ingram isn’t as impressed with the Tigers as much as the rest of the country.
“I mean, Auburn, they’re a hard-nosed, nasty team,” Ingram said. “I guess they found a way to pull it out. I don’t know, it’s Auburn. Who would have ever expected this?”
Ouch! That is a dig, but Ingram does have a point. The Tigers were picked to finish 4-14 in conference play this season after the suspensions of Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy, two starters back from last season, but Bruce Pearl has worked magic with an undersized lineup that at times will feature four guards on the floor.
Ingram will probably regret these words on this upcoming Wednesday and will probably hear about it from Auburn fans in Auburn Arena as the Crimson Tide try to beat the upstart Tigers for the second time this season. Alabama defeated Bruce Pearl’s team 76-71 in Tuscaloosa on Jan. 17.
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