To some, the tweet sent out by Auburn basketball head coach Bruce Pearl’s daughter Jacqui was controversial. To Auburn fans, Pearl is just saying what we’re all thinking. Ahead of an NCAA tournament that will feature six SEC teams–NOT including Auburn, unfortunately– Pearl shared who she would be cheering for in March Madness.
According to her tweet, Pearl will be rooting for the SEC–mostly. Tne team-who-will-not-be-named from the Tigers’ conference will not get any love from Pearl, who is clearly a true Auburn fan.
It’s not impossible to guess which team she’s talking about. It’s probably in the same state as Auburn and wears a nasty crimson and white combo, but that’s just speculation.
I’ll be cheering for the SEC all tournament with the exception of one team. Y’all know the one. Please don’t make me say it.
— Jacqui Pearl (@JacquiPearl5) March 19, 2021
Despite Auburn basketball’s unfortunate absence from the tournament, Tiger fans do have a collection of SEC teams to cheer for during March with Jacqui Pearl. Tennessee was dominated by Oregon State for all 40 minutes of their first-round matchup, but Florida and Arkansas hung on for a win.
The No. 7 Florida Gators kicked things off in a battle with No. 10 Virginia Tech that had constant lead changes. The teams fought all the way into overtime, where the Gators outscored the Hokies 6-11 to ultimately win 75-70.
Next up, No. 3 Arkansas made short work of No. 14 Colgate. The Raiders came in strong, but ultimately the Razorbacks were able to overcome the 14-point deficit in the first half to attain a sound victory at 85-68.
No. 5 Tennessee never even had a chance against No. 12 Oregon State, who held the Volunteers to only 19 points in the first half. The Vols never led and were easily knocked out of the competition by the Beavers, who earned their first March Madness victory in 39 years.
Alabama will compete tomorrow alongside LSU and Missouri. Like Jacqui Pearl, we at Fly War Eagle will be cheering for both Missouri and LSU.