How far can Jabari Smith and the Auburn Tigers make it in March Madness? The answer to that question is still unknown. This article will provide insight on what could make the Auburn Tigers a contender or a second-round KO.
What could make them a contender
What could make the Auburn basketball program a contender? The first thing that can make the Auburn Tigers a contender is their rebounding ability. In rebounding, Auburn is currently ranked the 33rd best in the nation. This season, when Auburn hasn’t shot the ball well, their rebounding ability has kept them in games because of second-chance opportunities. In the March Madness, that will help them stay in games when they play hard competition.
The last thing that could make the Auburn Tigers a contender is their scoring ability. Auburn can score from all over the court, from three to the paint, along with getting those second-chance opportunities. It helps them put more points on the scoreboard to help them win.
What could make them a second-round KO?
What could make the Auburn Tigers a second-round KO in the tournament? The first thing that could make that statement true is their defense. This season the Tigers have allowed 67 points per game, which is 112th out of 350th, not good if you are a top 5 team.
The next thing that could make the Tigers a second-round KO is that Auburn has struggled against competition they shouldn’t have this season. The reason for that is their consistency; when Jabari Smith isn’t having a good game and hitting his shots, and Walker Kessler is in foul trouble, there isn’t really a guy that steps up for Auburn. That’s why this season, they have played close games against lower opponents.
The best-case scenario for the Auburn Tigers in the tournament would be an Elite 8. That is the best-case scenario because they have a terrific offense when Jabari Smith performs to his best and Walker Kessler isn’t in foul trouble. But Auburn will run into trouble farther down in the tournament when some of the best teams are left because of their defensive issues this season.