WDE! Fans react to Auburn dominating Florida for the SEC Tournament title

The last time Bruce Pearl led Auburn to an SEC Tournament title, he followed it up with a run to the Final Four. Auburn fans are ready for another deep March Madness run after dominance in Nashville.
Auburn Tigers forward Johni Broome (4) embraces head coach Bruce Pearl
Auburn Tigers forward Johni Broome (4) embraces head coach Bruce Pearl / Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Most of the top seeds in the SEC Tournament were bounced early. Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama all lost on Friday in their first matchup in Nashville, but No. 4 seed Auburn rolled to a conference title. On Sunday, Bruce Pearl’s Tigers dominated Florida 86-67, pulling away in the second half with a 10-0 run. 

The last time that Auburn won the SEC Tournament was 2019 behind Bryce Brown, Jared Harper, and Chuma Okeke. That trio rode the postseason momentum to the Final Four, and Auburn fans still feel like they were robbed of a shot at a national title with a 63-62 loss to Virginia.

This team could be a shot at redemption. Pearl could be loading up for another deep run after second-round exits in each of the last two NCAA Tournaments, and Tigers fans were quick to remind the rest of the SEC just how good their program and its head coach has been. 

In the three-game run to the conference crown, Mississippi State was Auburn’s only opponent to stay within 10 points. The Tigers first took down South Carolina 86-55 in the quarterfinals, then beat the Bulldogs 73-66 in the semis before dismantling Todd Golden’s Gators. Pearl’s former assistant didn’t have any answers for Auburn. Beyond just besting Golden, Auburn fans and fans of their opponents have begun to compare Pearl to the other best coaches in the SEC. 

Though more than comparing Pearl and the Tigers to the conference that they just cruised to a title in, Auburn fans were happy to celebrate this team which dispelled claims that it could only win at home in the Jungle. 

Auburn will now await its NCAA Tournament draw which will be announced at 6:00 pm ET on CBS.

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