Well, that was fun.
The No. 5 Auburn Tigers absolutely destroyed No. 1 North Carolina this evening, winning 97-80 to move on to the Elite Eight.
Sophomore forward Chuma Okeke, who suffered a gruesome knee injury late in the second half, led the Tigers with 20 points (8-11 shooting, 3-5 from three), 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block.
Junior forward Danjel Purifoy was second on the team with 14 points on 5-7 shooting and 4-6 from three.
As a team, the Tigers finished with a ridiculous 17 3-pointers on 46 percent shooting.
After the game, Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl got extremely emotional when discussing the significance of Okeke’s injury…
“He’s hurt. We’re gonna rally. I’ll go hug on him.”
Bruce Pearl was emotional in his post-game interview while discussing Chuma Okeke’s injury. pic.twitter.com/HZhxTQfKlN
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 30, 2019
The winner of Kentucky vs. Houston will face Auburn for a spot in the Final Four.