Auburn basketball looks to remain unbeaten vs. Texas Southern Tuesday night

Auburn basketball Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Auburn basketball Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports /

Auburn basketball is hoping to remain undefeated against Texas Southern in their all-time series as they tip-off Monday night in the Plains.

Bruce Pearl has Auburn basketball riding high off of a signature victory this season over the Memphis Tigers on Saturday night. Of course, Justin Powell’s 26 points and eight rebounds were the primary catalyst for their win, but Allen Flanigans’ 16 points and Jaylin Williams’ eight assists were also helpful.

Either way, the team now owns a winning record at 3-2, and they look to keep the momentum going on Tuesday night against Texas Southern. The battle of the Tigers will happen for the fourth time in school history.

Auburn has won this matchup every single instance, outscoring the lesser Tigers 85-72 per game in their three matchups. Of course, prior results in college basketball doesn’t necessarily mean a whole lot, especially considering Pearl has been giving the young trio of Powell, Flanigan, and Williams minutes.

The latter duo is currently in their second season with the program while Powell is a freshman. Of course, Powell is not just your run of the mill rook, but the reigning SEC Freshman of the Week given his red-hot play of late.

None of those guys have played Texas Southern, but the team has a tradition to keep up. The Auburn basketball Tigers have never lost to a team from the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), upholding a 23-0 record against the conference.

Given the nature of the contest–Auburn likely paid Texas Southern a pretty penny for this game–a loss would be unacceptable. Getting stomped by the #1 team in the country is one thing, and being stunned by the American’s UCF Knights isn’t the worst loss.

But going down to TSU’s Tigers is not the kind of loss this team can take right now, and it has nothing to do with the postseason (given the team’s self-imposed ban).

Simply put, with everything going on right now with the University, an expected win would be nice. The question may not be as much as whether or not they will, but rather whether they’d cover a -13.5 point spread.

The War Eagle likes their odds. 4-0 all-time in one of college sports’ many “Tiger Bowls”, here we come.

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