1983–84 Auburn Tigers men's basketball team

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1983–84 Auburn Tigers men's basketball
Auburn Tigers logo.svg
NCAA Tournament, First Round
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 19
1983–84 record20–11 (12–6 SEC)
Head coachSonny Smith (6th season)
Home arenaMemorial Coliseum
Seasons
1983–84 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#3 Kentucky 14 4   .778     29 5   .853
Auburn 12 6   .667     20 11   .645
Florida 11 7   .611     16 13   .552
LSU 11 7   .611     18 11   .621
Alabama 10 8   .556     18 12   .600
Tennessee 9 9   .500     21 14   .600
Vanderbilt 8 10   .444     14 15   .483
Georgia 8 10   .444     17 13   .567
Mississippi State 4 14   .222     9 19   .321
Ole Miss 3 15   .167     8 20   .286
1984 SEC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1983–84 Auburn Tigers men's basketball team represented Auburn University in the 1983–84 college basketball season. The team's head coach was Sonny Smith, who was in his sixth season at Auburn. The team played their home games at Memorial Coliseum in Auburn, Alabama. They finished the season 20–11, 12–6 in SEC play. They defeated Vanderbilt and Tennessee to advance to the championship game of the SEC Tournament where they lost to Kentucky. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they lost to Richmond in the First Round.[1]

Notable freshman signees were guards Gerald White and Frank Ford, along with junior college transfers Vern Strickland and Carey Holland for frontcourt help. Junior Charles Barkley suffered a back injury in the very first game of the season and missed time, but returned for a January 13 home date with then #1-ranked Kentucky. Auburn upset the Wildcats 82-63, their first victory ever over a #1-ranked team.

After the first-round NCAA loss to Richmond, Barkley left Auburn and entered the NBA Draft.

Roster[edit]

1983–84 Auburn Tigers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
F/C 34 Charles Barkley 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Jr Leeds High School Birmingham, AL
F 45 Chuck Person 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
So Brantley High School Brantley, AL
F 11 Greg Turner 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Sr Tuskegee High School Tuskegee, Alabama
G 12 Gerald White 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Fr Richmond Academy Augusta, Georgia
G 15 Frank Ford 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Fr Osceola High School Kissimmee, Florida
F 31 Vern Strickland 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Jr Emma Sansom High School Gadsden, Alabama
F 00 Paul Daniels 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Sr Warner Christian Ormond Beach, Florida
C 33 Carey Holland 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
So Baldwin High School Baldwin, Florida
F 21 Mark Cahill 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
So Stone Mountain High School Stone Mountain, Georgia
F 25 Terry Martin 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
So Douglass High School Atlanta, Georgia
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Regular Season
Jan 13, 1984*
vs. No. 2 Kentucky W 82–63  10-3
Beard–Eaves–Memorial Coliseum 
Auburn, AL
SEC Tournament
Mar 8, 1984*
at Vanderbilt
Quarterfinal
W 59–58  19-9
Memorial Gymnasium 
Nashville, TN
Mar 9, 1984*
vs. Tennessee
Semifinal
W 60–58  20-9
Memorial Gymnasium 
Nashville, TN
Mar 10, 1984*
vs. No. 3 Kentucky
Championship Game
L 49–51  20-10
Memorial Gymnasium 
Nashville, TN
NCAA Tournament
Mar 15, 1984*
(5) vs. (12) Richmond
NCAA Tournament
L 71–72  20-11
Charlotte Coliseum 
Charlotte, NC
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Sources [1]

Team players in the NBA Draft[edit]

Year Round Pick Player NBA Club
1984 1 5 Charles Barkley Philadelphia 76ers
1986 1 4 Chuck Person Indiana Pacers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1983-84 Auburn Tigers Schedule and Results". Retrieved 9 December 2016.