Auburn Tigers men's basketball
|Head coach||Bruce Pearl (3rd year)|
|Student section||The Jungle|
|Colors||Navy Blue and Burnt Orange
|NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|1985, 1986, 1999, 2003|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1999, 2000, 2003|
|Conference tournament champions|
|Conference regular season champions|
|1928, 1960, 1999|
The Auburn Tigers men's basketball program is the college basketball program that represents Auburn University, competing in the Southeastern Conference. The program began in 1906, and is coached by Bruce Pearl.
Auburn has won 2 SEC championships and 1 SEC Tournament championship. Prior to joining the SEC, Auburn won the Southern Conference championship in 1928. Auburn has appeared in the NCAA Tournament 8 times, making it as far as the Elite Eight in 1986. 13 Auburn players have been named All-Americans and Auburn has had 87 All-SEC selections. Auburn has produced 29 NBA Draft picks, including Chuck Person (1986) and Chris Morris (1988), both of whom were selected with the 4th overall pick, the highest in Auburn history. 2 Auburn players have been named SEC Player of the Year: Charles Barkley in 1984 and Chris Porter in 1999. Auburn has had 5 head coaches selected as SEC Coach of the Year a total of 7 times, and former Auburn head coach Cliff Ellis was named National Coach of the Year in 1999. Former Auburn player Charles Barkley was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
- 1 Coaches
- 2 Players
- 3 Championships and postseason
- 4 Facilities
- 5 Traditions
- 6 References
- 7 External links
|Auburn Coaching History|
Notable former coaches
Mike "Iron Mike" Donahue was Auburn's first head men's basketball coach, starting the program in 1906. He coached the program for 16 seasons, the longest tenure of any men's basketball coach in Auburn history, finishing with a record of 74–80 (.481). In addition to coaching basketball, Donahue served as athletic director and coached the football, baseball, track, and soccer teams while at Auburn.
Ralph "Shug" Jordan
Though perhaps more famous for his career as a football coach at Auburn, Ralph "Shug" Jordan coached the Auburn men's basketball program for 10 seasons prior to becoming the head football coach. Jordan was also an assistant football coach while he coached the men's basketball program.
After playing football and basketball for Auburn from 1929 to 1932, Jordan became the head men's basketball coach in 1933. He coached until 1942, when he was called overseas to fight as an officer in World War II. Following his service, Jordan returned to Auburn to coach the 1945–46 team. He left Auburn to become the head men's basketball coach at Georgia after the season. Jordan finished with a record of 95–77 (.552) at Auburn.
Joel Eaves was Auburn's 12th head men's basketball coach, coaching from 1949 to 1963. Eaves was a former Auburn football and basketball player, playing from 1934 to 1937 under head coach "Shug" Jordan.
Auburn won its first ever SEC championship under Eaves in 1960, finishing 12–2 in the conference and 19–3 overall. Eaves was named SEC Coach of the Year following the 1960 season. Eaves finished with a 213–100 (.681) record at Auburn, making him the winningest men's basketball coach in Auburn history.
Joel Eaves was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1978. Auburn's Memorial Coliseum was renamed after Eaves to Joel H. Eaves Memorial Coliseum in 1987, and later to Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum in 1993.
Sonny Smith was the 15th head men's basketball coach at Auburn, coaching for 11 seasons from 1978-1989.
Smith coached Auburn to the NCAA Tournament in 5 consecutive seasons, 1984 to 1988, including Auburn's deepest run: reaching the Elite Eight in 1986 before losing to eventual national champion Louisville. In addition to leading Auburn to its first ever NCAA Tournament in 1984, he also coached Auburn to its first SEC Tournament championship in 1985. Smith is the only head men's basketball coach in Auburn history to coach three consecutive 20-win seasons, doing so from 1984 to 1986. Sonny Smith was named SEC Coach of the Year in 1984 and 1988.
Smith coached his final season at Auburn in 1989, leaving to become the head men's basketball coach at VCU. Smith finished with a record of 173–154 (.529). Smith was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.
Cliff Ellis was the 17th head men's basketball coach at Auburn. He coached for 10 seasons from 1994 to 2004.
Ellis had some success early in his career, leading Auburn to the NIT three times in his first four seasons and being named SEC Coach of the Year in 1995. His most successful season was the 1998–99 season, where he led Auburn to an SEC championship and a top seed in the NCAA Tournament. Ellis was named both SEC and National Coach of the Year in 1999. Ellis would take Auburn to the NCAA Tournament two more times, the following season in 2000 and in 2003.
Ellis was fired following the 2003–04 season after finishing the season with a 14–14 record. Auburn faced NCAA sanctions over alleged recruiting violations during the season, but Ellis was not found at fault after the investigation. Ellis finished with a record of 186–125 (.598) at Auburn.
Barbee never had a winning season at Auburn; his best record came in the 2011–12 season when Auburn finished 15–16. He finished with a cumulative record of 48–75 (.390), the lowest winning percentage of any Auburn coach with more than a two-season tenure.
Awards and honors
National Coach of the Year
- Cliff Ellis (1999)
SEC Coach of the Year
- Joel Eaves (1960)
- Bob Davis (1975)
- Sonny Smith (1984, 1988)
- Tommy Joe Eagles (1990)
- Cliff Ellis (1995, 1999)
Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
Awards and honors
|John Stewart||1931–32||College Humor Magazine|
|Rex Fredrick||1958–59||Helms Athletic Foundation, Associated Press|
|Henry Hart||1959–60||Helms Athletic Foundation, Associated Press|
|Layton Johns||1962–63||Associated Press|
|Lee DeFore||1965–66||Helms Athletic Foundation|
|John Mengelt (2)||1969–70, 1970–71||Helms Athletic Foundation, Associated Press|
|Eddie Johnson||1976–77||Associated Press|
|Mike Mitchell||1977–78||Converse Yearbook|
|Charles Barkley||1983–84||Basketball Times, National Association of Basketball Coaches|
|Chuck Person (2)||1984–85, 1985–86||Sporting News, McGregor, Basketball Times, National Association of Basketball Coaches|
|Wesley Person||1993–94||Associated Press, United States Basketball Writers Association|
|Chris Porter||1998–99||Associated Press, United States Basketball Writers Association, Basketball Times, College Hoops Insider, John Wooden Award|
|Doc Robinson||1998–99||Associated Press, College Hoops Insider|
|Source:"Auburn All-Americas" (PDF). Auburn Tigers. Archived from the original on 2015-01-09. Retrieved 2008-07-24.|
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
- Charles Barkley (2006)
SEC Player of the Year
SEC Tournament MVP
SEC Rookie of the Year
- Chris Porter (1999)
Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
USBWA Most Courageous Award
- Wes Flanigan (1997)
Auburn in the NBA
NBA Draft picks
Auburn has produced 29 NBA Draft picks, including 6 first round picks. The most players that have been selected from Auburn in a single draft was 3 in the 1988 draft. Chuck Person and Chris Morris both hold the record for the highest draft pick from Auburn, as each were selected 4th overall in their respective drafts.
Undrafted free agents
- Myles Patrick (1980–1981)
- Aaron Swinson (1994)
- Adam Harrington (2002–2003)
- Pat Burke (2002–2003, 2005–2007)
- Marquis Daniels (2003–2013)
Awards and honors
- Charles Barkley (1993)
Rookie of the Year
- Chuck Person (1987)
- Eddie Johnson (1980, 1981)
- Mike Mitchell (1981)
- Charles Barkley (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997)
Auburn in the Olympics
|1992||Charles Barkley (USA)||Gold|
|1996||Charles Barkley (USA)||Gold|
Championships and postseason
Auburn has won 3 conference championships in its history, 1 as a member of the Southern Conference in 1928 and 2 as a member of the SEC in 1960 and 1999. Auburn was the SEC West division champion in 1999.
|1928||Southern Conference||12–1||Mike Papke|
|1960||Southeastern Conference||12–2||Joel Eaves|
|1999||Southeastern Conference||14–2||Cliff Ellis|
Auburn has won the SEC Tournament only once, in 1985 under coach Sonny Smith, beating Alabama 53–49 in overtime. That 1985 Auburn team was the first ever to win four games in four days to win the SEC Tournament. Auburn has reached the SEC Tournament final two other times: in 1984, where they lost to Kentucky 51–49, and in 2000, where they lost to Arkansas 75–67. Auburn has had two SEC Tournament MVPs: Charles Barkley in 1984 and Chuck Person in 1985.
Auburn has appeared in the NCAA Tournament 8 times. Their combined record is 12–8.
|1984||5||East||First Round||Charlotte, NC||12 Richmond||L 71–72|
|South Bend, IN
South Bend, IN
2 North Carolina
|Long Beach, CA
Long Beach, CA
1 St. John's
|9 San Diego
9 Oklahoma State
4 Ohio State
2 Iowa State
|7 Saint Joseph's
2 Wake Forest
Auburn has appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) 6 times. Their combined record is 4–6.
|1993||–||First Round||Clemson, SC||Clemson||L 72–84|
|1995||–||First Round||Auburn, AL||Marquette||L 61–68|
|1996||–||First Round||Auburn, AL||Tulane||L 73–87OT|
West Lafayette, IN
Auburn Sports Arena
Beard–Eaves–Memorial Coliseum was a 10,500-seat multipurpose arena that opened in 1969 under the name Memorial Coliseum. It was renamed after former player and coach Joel Eaves to Joel H. Eaves Memorial Coliseum in 1987. It was renamed for the final time to Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum in 1993, adding the name of former Auburn athletic director Jeff Beard.
Auburn boasted a 393–182 (.683) overall record at Beard–Eaves–Memorial Coliseum. Auburn had a winning record at home in 37 of the 42 seasons Auburn played in the Coliseum. Auburn's 30-game home winning streak from the 1997–98 season to the final game of the 1999–2000 season was the longest in Coliseum history. It was the nation's second longest current winning streak at the time and is the second longest home winning streak in Auburn history.
Auburn played its final season in Beard–Eaves–Memorial Coliseum in the 2009–10 season. Auburn's final game in Beard–Eaves–Memorial Coliseum was on March 3, 2010; Auburn beat Mississippi State 89–80.
On June 29, 2007, Auburn announced plans to build a new $92.5 million basketball arena and practice facilities that would eventually be completed for the 2010–11 season. The arena was named Auburn Arena. With a seating capacity of 9,121, Auburn Arena is the smallest men's basketball arena in the SEC. Aside from the main court, the arena also contains two practice courts, a weight room, twelve suites, coaches offices, the Auburn Ticket Office, and the Lovelace Athletic Museum.
Auburn played its first game in Auburn Arena on November 12, 2010, losing to UNC Asheville in overtime 70–69. Auburn's first win in Auburn Arena came on November 21, 2010, when Auburn beat Middle Tennessee 68–66. Auburn currently holds a 59–45 (.567) record in Auburn Arena.
Sometimes referred to as the Iron Bowl of Basketball, Auburn and Alabama have a fierce rivalry that dates back to 1924. Auburn and Alabama first met in the Southern Conference Tournament on March 1, 1924, and Auburn lost 19–40. The two programs did not meet again until 1941 in the SEC Tournament, a matchup that Auburn lost again 16–38. The programs have played regularly since 1948, meeting at least twice every season starting in 1949. Auburn's first win in the rivalry came in their sixth meeting on December 20, 1949, when Auburn beat Alabama 45–40.
Auburn and Alabama have met in the SEC Tournament 9 times, including Auburn's 53–49 overtime victory over Alabama in the 1985 SEC Tournament championship game. Alabama leads the all-time series 94–59.
Georgia is Auburn's oldest rival, first meeting in 1908 in Columbus, GA. Auburn won that game 34–20. Auburn and Georgia have played at least once every year since 1945. Georgia leads the all-time series 92–91.
Though Auburn and UAB have only met 18 times, the two programs have a strong history. They first met on November 26, 1982, a matchup that Auburn won 63–61. The programs met 16 more times over the next two decades until the series was cancelled after their 1999 meeting, which Auburn won 65–59. The programs went 15 years without meeting, until Auburn and UAB reached a deal to reignite the rivalry in 2015 with a 4-game series. UAB leads the all-time series 10–8.
Auburn's student section is known as The Jungle. Auburn held a vote to name their student section at the start of the 2011–12 season, and The Jungle was chosen from several options. Auburn officially started The Jungle on January 11, 2012 for the Auburn–Kentucky game. The Jungle was awarded the Sixth Man Award at the 2012 team banquet for its "outstanding support throughout the season and making Auburn Arena one of the loudest venues in the SEC."
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