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Auburn basketball: It wasn’t always this bad.

It really doesn’t seem like it was that long ago that Auburn was reaching the top of the polls and developing into a program so hip that Cliff Ellis could be invited to an ESPN discussion with Mike Wilbon and Spike Lee.  It’s been ten years though since Chris Porter and his crew shook up the SEC.  And that makes me feel old.  Well, that and my receding hairline. But that has nothing to do with Auburn.

Remember the good times…

And for an added bonus, more good times!

Article written by Thomas Beisner

31 Comments for Auburn basketball: It wasn’t always this bad.



  1. Jerimy
    4:11 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    I hate spike lee, that is all



  2. douggercats
    4:13 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    Chris Porter was a stud in the league….oh wait….never mind.



  3. GoCats2
    4:17 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    I have said it before(I think I say it every time we play Auburn). I have been a UK fan all my life but that SEC tournament game is where I became a huge Barkley fan. He is without a doubt my favorite NBA player ever and if anyone out there was ever lucky enough to play a pickup game with me you know that his style is exactly the way I play. Call a foul on me if you want but I am getting that rebound.



  4. BG Cat fan
    4:18 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    Hard to beleieve they actually held an SEC tournament at Vandy’s place. It’s also hard to beleive that this team got out rebounded by a much smaller Auburn team.



  5. Gman
    4:22 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    I love you, Kenny Walker



  6. Diaper Candy
    4:28 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    A childhood friend of mine (who was Asian btw) swore Chris Porter was his brother.



  7. BPsycho
    4:32 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    #6 I can see it. lol



  8. DoubleBaconSixTeeth
    4:33 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    I remember when my Vomiteers used to be good.



  9. Woody
    4:35 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    That picture of Chris Porter on Sports Illustrated looks more like Charlie Murphy playing Chris Porter in his biopic.



  10. Daggumit Larry
    4:35 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    Anyone else notice how the UK players almost always had their body squared up to the basket before shooting? Excellent technique. Today’s players could learn from this film.



  11. Carlisle1974
    4:41 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    R.I.P. Dinner Bell

    Damn that was a good frontline: Turpin, Bowie, and Walker.

    Good to hear Joe Dean’s voice again too.



  12. Beez's Receding Hairline
    4:47 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t make him look old, his members only jacket and velcro sneakers do that.



  13. cousin it
    4:48 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    there were a lot of great players on that team.Its hard to believe they ever lost a game.



  14. Skinman
    4:50 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    Kenny Walker, they call him “Sky” in Nashville, Tennessee. Joe Dean was something else.



  15. RickJames
    4:53 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    Charlie Murphy!



  16. T
    4:58 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    It’s hard to believe this was only 10 years ago. It feels like 1989.



  17. coach K
    5:03 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    I SUCK. DUKE SUCKS.



  18. stevied
    5:05 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    String Music from Nashville, Tennessee. Those were the days, my friends.



  19. Buzzard
    5:09 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    I was there the first time Barkley played in Rupp. Everyone was laughing at ‘the fat kid’ on Auburns team.
    He tore UK up. I couldn’t believe the ‘fat kid’ could jump so high. Nobody was laughing at him at the end of the game.



  20. Mark Emmert
    5:10 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    I used to be at Washington, but am now with the NCAA.

    Please e-mail me your Enes Kanter comments.

    [email protected]



  21. stevied
    5:26 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    y



  22. Big D
    5:28 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    The Big Dipper. I remember when Melvin was traded from Cleveland to Utah in the NBA. When he arrived in Utah he was like 50lbs heavier than he was listed. When asked about that he replied “I love airplane food”. RIP big man.



  23. ukfaceman
    6:02 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    I remember watching Chris Porter and his fro throw down a pretty nasty dunk at Rupp…



  24. JackBluto
    6:10 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    No one plays with their back to basket like Walker and Turpin did. Notice how they could get the ball into the middle of the zone and score on a turnaround jumper from 2 to 17 feet. And as someone above said, always with body square to the hoop. Maybe the athleticism of today’s athletes make that play more difficult, but I miss seeing players with that ability.



  25. Jimmy Buffett
    6:20 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

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  26. Sham
    8:34 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    That ’84 team is my second favorite set of players next to the ’78 team although the ’84 team had the finest cheerleaders I’ve ever seen at the university.



  27. stevied
    9:11 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    r



  28. paducahdave
    9:41 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    The best part of beating Auburn in the SEC Championship was watching Charles Barkley crying on the floor after the game….my best Barkley memory!!!!!!!

  29. Joe.Dean.was.awesome.



  30. HackRichards
    10:45 am January 12, 2011 Permalink

    Memories—“String Music Johhhhnnnnn”.



  31. Madville
    11:44 am January 12, 2011 Permalink

    My family and I were at this game in 84. It’s amazing how many years have passed since this game.