Auburn basketball: 3 players primed to level up in conference play

Bruce Pearl has an unconventional 11-man rotation right now, but through that massive group of impact players, these three will ascend to lead the team through the SEC.

Auburn Tigers player Chad Baker-Mazara (10)
Auburn Tigers player Chad Baker-Mazara (10) / Jake Crandall / USA TODAY NETWORK
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The Auburn Tigers are one of the favorites to win the SEC and after an 11-2 start to the season, Bruce Pearl isn’t changing a thing. He’s going with an unconventional 11-man rotation which means plenty of opportunities for his deep roster to thrive with fresh legs against the rest of the conference. 

Even with the revolving door to the court, these three players on Auburn’s roster appear ready to have a breakout in conference play and will be some of the most important of the 11. 

Johni Broome is the centerpiece of this team, averaging 15.8 points and 8.7 rebounds, but he does that in just 23.0 minutes on the floor. No player on Auburn’s roster averages over 25 minutes a game and only four players average 20 minutes. 

The Tigers have a great amount of balance and it’s led to the hot start and a No. 25 ranking. Pearl’s team is coming off an 88-68 win over Penn and is 21st in points per game averaging 84.8 and 91st in points allowed at 66.7. 

Auburn will start SEC action on Saturday at Arkansas and to beat the Razorbacks, Pearl will need big contributions from these three players for the toughest matchup of the season so far.