The NBA season is in Full Swing with the playoffs already underway. The injury bug has hit the Auburn Tigers hard this year, as they have lost their best player to a torn ACL and MCL. What does it mean for the rest of the team? Will they be able to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament?
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University Statement on Auburn Basketball Injury
Auburn, Ala.- The Auburn Athletics Department released the following statement Saturday afternoon concerning an injury to one of its men’s basketball players
“One of our student-athletes sustained a serious injury this morning. He is currently being treated at a local hospital. We do not have any further information at this time and will provide updates as we learn more.”
Auburn menufffds basketball player Samir Doughty is out for the remainder of the season with a stress fracture in his left foot, the school announced Thursday.
ufffdWe are disappointed for Samir,ufffd Head Coach Bruce Pearl said in a statement. ufffdHe has worked extremely hard to put himself in a position to help our team win an SEC Championship and make a run in the NCAA tournament We will do everything we can to support him through this difficult time.ufffd
Doughty, a 6-foot-4 guard, averaged 15.3 points and 3.8 assists per game while starting all 30 games for the Tigers this season. He was named second-team All-SEC by the leagueufffds coaches Tuesday.
Auburn Athletics announced on Tuesday that Anfernee McLemore has suffered a left ankle injury and will miss the remainder of the season.
The loss of McLemore is a significant blow to Auburn’s chances in the postseason. The Tigers are currently 19-9 overall and 10-5 in SEC play. They are tied for fourth place in the conference standings and are projected to be a No. 5 or No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament
McLemore, a 6-foot-7 forward, is averaging 11.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game this season. He is one of the best shot blockers in the country and his presence will be missed on both ends of the floor.
On Monday the Auburn Basketball team released a statement on the injury of Starting Center Anfernee McLemore. The statement said that McLemore had successful surgery on Sunday to repair a dislocated ankle and fractured tibia he suffered in Saturday’s game against South Carolina The surgery was performed by team physician Dr. Michael Goodlett and Dr. James Andrews assisted.
Auburn menufffds basketball Head coach Bruce Pearl released the following statement on the status of Anfernee McLemoreufffds injury and his return to the court.
ufffdAnfernee has been cleared to return to practice and play in Auburnufffds upcoming NCAA tournament games. We are all very excited for him and his family.ufffd
In a statement released by the university, Auburn says that while they are ufffddisappointedufffd by the news, they are ufffdconfidentufffd in their medical staff and support team. The school also says that they will ufffdprovide all the resources necessaryufffd for Turner to make a full recovery.
The Tigers (26-9) were seeded fifth in the Midwest Region and lost 79-72 to the fourth-seeded Tar Heels (29-7).
It was a disappointing end to what had been a promising season for Auburn, which won the Eastern Conference regular season title for the first time since 1999. The Tigers also won their first SEC Tournament championship since 1985.
ufffdIufffdm really proud of our guys and what they accomplished this year,ufffd Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. ufffdTo win 26 games and to do it in this fashion, I couldnufffdt be more proud of them.ufffd
The Tigers were without leading scorer Bryce Brown, who missed the game with a sprained ankle Pearl said Brown was ufffdguttedufffd by the injury and wanted to play, but Pearl said he didnufffdt want to risk further injury.
Without Brown, Auburn struggled to score against North Carolinaufffds tough defense. The Tigers shot just 35 percent from the field and made only six of 25 3-point attempts.
Despite the loss, Pearl said he was proud of his teamufffds effort and believes the best is yet to come for Auburn basketball
ufffdWe started something special this year, and weufffdre going to build on it,ufffd he said.
The next steps
Auburn basketball’s Samir Doughty will miss the remainder of the season with a stress fracture in his left foot, the school announced Thursday.
“We’re disappointed for Samir,” coach Bruce Pearl said in a statement. “He has played a big role on our team this season, helping us to a share of the SEC regular-season championship and an NCAA Tournament berth. We know he’ll attack his rehabilitation with the same passion and determination that he played with this season.”
Doughty, a 6-foot-4 guard, averaged 15 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 30 games this season. He started all but one game and was Auburn’s second-leading scorer behind Isaac Okoro, who was recently named SEC Freshman of the Year.
In a statement, the university said that while ESPN reported that Purifoy had suffered a season-ending injury, “no final determination has been made regarding his status for the remainder of the season.” Auburn is currently 20-4 overall and 9-2 in SEC play. The Tigers are currently scheduled to play Vanderbilt on Saturday and Alabama on Feb. 27.
The big picture
The Auburn men’s basketball team received some devastating news on Tuesday as the NCAA Tournament committee announced that star player Bryce Brown had been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a Knee Injury
The school released a statement saying that Brown will undergo surgery on Wednesday to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee.
“We are all disappointed for Bryce,” said head coach Bruce Pearl. “He has worked extremely hard to put himself in a position to help this team win an NCAA championship I know he will approach his rehabilitation with the same determination and passion that he has displayed in his return to Auburn Basketball ”
Brown, a junior, was averaging 15.9 points per game and was one of the top three-point shooters in the nation, making 44.7 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc. He was a big part of Auburn’s success this season, which saw the Tigers win their first SEC Regular Season title since 1999 and earn a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament
Without Brown, Auburn will have to rely even more on freshman guard Samir Doughty, who has stepped up in a big way during the NCAA tournament In two games, Doughty is averaging 15 points and five rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field and 42 percent from three-point range