Auburn basketball fans relish in Virginia’s March Madness loss to Ohio

Auburn basketball Mandatory Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports
Auburn basketball Mandatory Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports /

This weekend wasn’t a perfect one for Auburn basketball fans, but it was one that brought great joy to the program nonetheless.

Obviously, it is a bittersweet feeling for Tiger fans to be on the outside looking in this March after making a trip to the Final Four the last time the NCAA March Madness Tournament took place in 2019.

2020 took away the tournament for everyone, but it took away what could have been a major momentum-building year for Auburn. After reaching the round of 32 in 2018, a major step forward was taken in 2019, and the 2020 team was 25-6 and primed for another SEC tournament run before the COVID-19 pandemic had the world standing still.

2021 brought the tournament back to just about the entire country.

Besides Auburn basketball fans (and Ivy League basketball fans, whoever they may be).

That said, March is still providing reasons for Tiger fans to rejoice even if Bruce Pearl can’t be seen screaming along the sidelines.

While Iona didn’t pull off the #15-#2 upset over Alabama (Oral Roberts had that covered against Ohio State), Virginia–perhaps most notable on the Plains for being the team Ty Jerome represented while getting away with a double dribble against Auburn basketball two years ago in Minneapolis–went down in the #4-#13 matchup against Ohio University of the MAC.

Tiger fans couldn’t be happier:

Fly War Eagle shares the sentiment, especially since Ohio star Jason Preston is a former Fansider himself.

War Eagle to Mr. Preston and the Ohio Bobcats!