It’s Week 12 of college basketball and for the first time in program history, the Tigers are at the top. Auburn basketball is the No. 1 team in the nation after beating No. 12 Kentucky at Auburn Arena this weekend, and Auburn football players love it.
Bruce Pearl’s team certainly had to earn their place at the top despite a single loss and during the conference. Auburn basketball narrowly missed out on first place to the Gonzaga Bulldogs last week, but last week’s two wins were enough to move into No. 1.
During the Kentucky game, members of the Auburn jungle were visited by several Auburn football players, and even head coach Bryan Harsin made an appearance in the student section. Just as the basketball team was in attendance at Jordan-Hare to support the football team, guys like Texas A&M transfer Zach Calzada, Derick Hall and Jaylin Simpson showed up at Auburn Arena.
Auburn football stars past and present came together on social media to celebrate the Tigers’ first-ever ranking in program history:
If your college basketball team is #1 in the country, I hope you have a fantastic week.
— Kerryon Johnson (@AyeyoKEJO) January 24, 2022
— Derick Hall II (@derick_hall9) January 24, 2022
With Auburn’s basketball leading the AP poll, the world is beginning to realize that Auburn is not just a football school, but a comprehensive school. According to Auburn Rivals, Bruce Pearl explains what it’s all about in the Plains:
“It’s historic and it matters. And it means something,” Pearl said after the Ole Miss game. “You know, this will be a proud moment for Auburn, period. Our university and our athletic department. Now, I understand that doesn’t mean much right now, but it still makes a really strong statement.
“We want to have the first business school. We want to have the first engineering school. We want to have the number one football team and gymnastics team. It’s just that we’re a comprehensive school.
Auburn basketball will hit the road to face Missouri on Tuesday night and return to Auburn Arena to host Oklahoma next weekend in the SEC/Big-12 Challenge.