Bruce Pearl led the Auburn men’s basketball team to a key 76-66 victory against Kentucky on Wednesday. Afterward, Gus Malzahn used Twitter to lobby for Pearl to receive a significant national award.
Auburn’s football coach wrote on Twitter that it’s “time to start talking about” Pearl in the national-coach-of-the-year discussion. It’s cool to see Malzahn offering support to Pearl in this way, and he’s likely on to something. With the win, the Tigers’ strong basketball season continued. They improved to 23-3 overall and 11-2 in the SEC with the home win against the Wildcats.
We’ll find out if Pearl’s team can maintain its momentum. The Tigers play at South Carolina on Saturday, followed by games against Alabama, Florida, Arkansas and another contest against the Gamecocks to close the regular season.
Certainly, teams’ legacies are made in March, and there’s still so much to learn about Auburn as the stakes become higher in the weeks ahead. Still, Pearl has done a strong job navigating the surprise Tigers through their SEC schedule. They look like a legit contender to make a run in the NCAA Tournament.
Malzahn wasn’t the only member of Auburn’s football team to provide support to the men’s basketball team on Wednesday. Players from Malzahn’s squad amazingly took part in the halftime show during the Kentucky game. Those are good vibes we all can admire.
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