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Let’s get to know Auburn basketball


Auburn Arena opened in 2010.

Ask anyone about Auburn basketball and you’ll get the same answer: “Why the hell are you asking me about Auburn basketball?” It’s natural. No one wants to talk about Auburn basketball.

But we’ll make an exception today since Kentucky will play its first road game in over a month against the 10-5 Tigers tonight at 8:00pm.

The SEC Network has the coverage. Dave Neal has the call. I have the scouting report.

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Auburn has a basketball team.

There’s a start.

Auburn isn’t very good at basketball.

Make no mistake about it.

Auburn head coach Tony Barbee knows Calipari very well.

Auburn head coach Tony Barbee played four seasons at UMass for Calipari from 1989-1993, where he was a two-time Atlantic-10 second team selection and helped lead UMass to the A-10 Tournament Championships in 1992 and 1993.  Barbee rejoined the Minutemen in 1996 as a graduate assistant on the Final Four team with Marcus Camby that posted a 35-2 record.  When Coach Cal took the Memphis job, he brought Barbee along with him as an assistant where Barbee coached for six years before taking the head coaching job at UTEP in 2006.

Yesterday, Calipari credited Barbee for helping him build two programs. “I’m playing against someone I care about,” he said. “I’m standing here in front of you all as the coach at Kentucky and a lot of that is because of Tony Barbee.”

Auburn assistant Milt Wagner knows Calipari very well. And played for Louisville.

Wagner averaged 15.7 points in four games against Kentucky from 1983-1986 and, along with UK assistant Kenny Payne, led Louisville to the ’86 National Championship. He’s also a former Calipari assistant — well, “Coordinator of Basketball Operations” — and the father of DaJuan Wagner, Cal’s first one-and-done at Memphis in 2001. Milt was hired to the Memphis staff to assure the signing of his son, the National Prep Player of the Year that season.

Despite his three Final Four berths, NCAA Championship, NBA career, and ties to John Calipari, Milt Wagner’s greatest accomplishment is an interview he recorded yesterday with KSTV. It’ll air tonight at 7:30 and 11:00 or anytime On Demand Channel 103.

Auburn Executive Director of Basketball Steve Smith knows Calipari very well.

Calipari was the best man in Smith’s wedding. Their relationship goes back to the UMass days when Smith was Cal’s personal assistant.

Auburn Director of Operations Mike Babul knows Calipari very well.

Babul signed to play for Coach Cal at UMass in the fall of 1995 but missed out on Calipari when he jumped to the NBA to coach the Nets.  The two were reunited in Memphis when Babul was hired as an administrative assistant for the 2003-2004 season.  The following year, Babul was a full-time assistant for John Robic at Youngstown State.

Auburn is on a 10-game home winning streak.

It’s the longest streak in the two-year history of Auburn Arena. The wins came over Ole Miss, McNeese State, Kennesaw State, Nicholls State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, South Florida, North Florida, Florida A&M, Georgia Southern, and Bethune-Cookman.

That streak ends tonight.

Charles Barkley and the Persons aren’t walking through that door.

Since sending the NBA’s two favorite Chucks and Wesley Person to the league, there has been a shortage of professional basketball players to come out of Auburn. Only mediocre names like Jamison Brewer, Pat Burke, and Marquis Daniels have lasted more than a couple of seasons.

Senior Kenny Gabriel had 10 blocks in a game earlier this season.

On January 2, Gabriel recorded the first triple-double in school history with 24 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 blocks against Bethune-Cookman.

He is ranked second in the SEC with 2.7 blocks per game.

#AnthonyDavisSaysShutUp

Auburn center Rob Chubb likes to score 21 points.

Rob Chubb — not to be confused with ‘rub chub’, which is what some fans do when they think about this UK team hanging #8 — is Auburn’s 6-foot-10 starting center and he’s hit a career-high 21 points three separate times this season.

Again, #AnthonyDavisSaysShutUp

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Aw burn.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

15 Comments for Let’s get to know Auburn basketball



  1. Jiminy Cricket
    2:20 pm January 11, 2012 Permalink

    ‘rub chub’, which is what some fans do when they think about this UK team hanging #8……. LOL!!!!



  2. bourbonbelly
    2:33 pm January 11, 2012 Permalink

    Half of the vet school is Kentucky residents. We will be in the student section, wearing blue, being rowdy. We don’t get to see UK play in person very often, so this game will be special. We plan to make up for an entire season of missed games in one night. Wish us luck!



  3. TommyLasorda
    2:34 pm January 11, 2012 Permalink

    What about ‘rub dub’ and his whistle exhaust? WOOOOooo woooooo!



  4. Al B. Sure
    2:34 pm January 11, 2012 Permalink

    Auburn only has two players? This will be an easy win for sure! No wonder they are so bad.



  5. tutty
    2:37 pm January 11, 2012 Permalink

    “‘rub chub’, which is what some fans do when they think about this UK team hanging #8 ” – KSR all time top 10 comments. Amazing.



  6. Axe Cop
    2:42 pm January 11, 2012 Permalink


  7. sandusky
    2:49 pm January 11, 2012 Permalink

    I ‘rub chub’ to Drew Franklin



  8. Tomas
    2:53 pm January 11, 2012 Permalink

    Is Kenny Gabriel really still in school? I feel like he has been there for 7 years now.



  9. Biglaw Dawgin'
    3:00 pm January 11, 2012 Permalink

    This is only UK’s second road game, so although they should win, it may not be as uneventful as everyone expects. The line has jumped from UK -15 to -16.5, but I think it will be a tad closer.



  10. Storming the COURT!
    3:04 pm January 11, 2012 Permalink

    If Auburn pulls the upset, do you think they will storm the court?

    Speaking of, I am sure many of you have watched the youtube video of UK beating then #1 UT at Rupp in 2003. Curiously, the video of the end of the game shows quite a few people approaching and then stepping foot on the court. Cheerleaders and camera crews at first, but then it looks like other commoners were able to gain access as well. The video goes down to the court for some handshaking, so there really isn’t adequate footage of the entire court. Regardless, it does look quite crowded. Is this what the hoity-toity in Kentucky call “Mingling the Court”??



  11. justwonderin
    3:21 pm January 11, 2012 Permalink

    Matt you still think Tom Crean is a Terrible coach?



  12. BlueWhipped
    3:47 pm January 11, 2012 Permalink

    Is that a basketball arena or a Forever 21?



  13. welp
    3:52 pm January 11, 2012 Permalink

    “rub chub” FTW!!!



  14. Caywood jr
    5:41 pm January 11, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t find this game on tv, other than espn full court. I have direct tv any info please.



  15. Cam
    5:51 pm January 11, 2012 Permalink

    Yeaaaaa i see ya BNORR! Reppin that big blue nation down in auburn!!