After Auburn upset the Cats a week ago, most of the Big Blue Nation turned toward the SEC, Bruce Pearl and his team to cheer on the Tigers in last night’s game against Virginia.
By now, you’ve probably seen what happened. Did they miss a double dribble? Did they miss a foul call? Sure, we can continue to ask the same questions, but the result is final, which means the Cavaliers advance to the Championship game in dramatic fashion.
One of my favorite accounts to follow on Twitter is Corey Price (@coreyp08). Being a stats nerd, I love the stats he’s able to come up with. Before the game yesterday, he posted one that really caught my eye:
Hate to be the bearer of bad news for Auburn, but lower seeded teams that upset Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament, since seeding began in 1979, are 0-15 in their next game of the tournament.
— Corey Price (@coreyp08) April 6, 2019
With the result of yesterday’s game, teams are now 0-16 in their next game of the tournament. This really is an unbelievable stat. It shows how much some teams put into beating Kentucky, and – in some ways – it could just mean that their luck runs out by the next round.
This takes nothing away from the run or the season this year’s Auburn team had. They were expected to compete for an SEC Championship, but after the dredging they took at Rupp, it was hard to imagine they would have reached the point that they did. It just wasn’t enough to break the status quo.