Bruce Pearl’s Auburn team is the No. 1 seed in the SEC tournament, the league’s regular season co-champion, and ranked eighth in all of college basketball in the RPI.
Yet none of Bruce Pearl’s Auburn players were selected First Team All-SEC by the coaches of the conference. According to Pearl, it’s the first time the regular season champion did not have a First Team All-SEC player since 1956.
The First SEC Regular Season Champion to not have a player on the Coaches All SEC FIRST TEAM since it began in 1956 is The 2018 Auburn Tigers! I’m just sayin
— Bruce Pearl (@coachbrucepearl) March 6, 2018
Pearl is on to something here because it’s criminal that Mustapha Heron did not get an All-SEC mention when he put up almost identical numbers to Tennessee’s Grant Williams, the SEC Player of the Year.
Grant Williams wins SEC Player of the Year at 15.6 points, 5.8 rebs per game. Mustapha Heron not even named to second-team at 16.6 points, 5.5 rebs
— Jason Caldwell (@ITATJason) March 6, 2018
Auburn did have two Second-Team All-SEC selections, but one of them, Bryce Brown, should’ve been a first-teamer and in the Player of the Year conversation with Williams.
It’s hard to ignore the pettiness and blatant disrespect from the voters (other coaches) towards Pearl and the SEC’s best team. The Tigers will show up in St. Louis with a chip on their shoulder.