With Kentucky and College Gameday coming to town, Auburn is pulling out all the stops for tomorrow. Immanuel Quickley says bring it on.
The Cats are 3-1 in true road games, their only loss coming at South Carolina. Since then, they’ve won at Arkansas and Texas Tech, the two craziest environments they’ve played in all season. Quickley said he’s expecting more of the same at Auburn.
“I think all our away games have been really good this year. Coach Cal’s always taking to us before the game to go see the tents and stuff, people camping outside trying to see us play and things like that. Every environment so far has been really good and I don’t think Auburn will disappoint either.”
“The whole thing is — how do you prepare your team?” Calipari said today. “And I think, again, you can look at playing on the road and you can be inspired by it or you can be overwhelmed by it. You can be excited about playing on the road and have fun with it, or you can be, ‘Oh my gosh, we gotta go into that environment.’”
“It really just shows how prestigious this program is,” Quickley said. “Everybody wants to beat Kentucky. It shows how dedicated their fans are. It’s really cold outside and they’re out there waiting for a game six, seven hours before a game. It really just shows their dedication.
“Arkansas was really good. The floor was actually shaking in warmups when the music was playing. When Coach Cal got tossed, I had to put hands in my ears because it was so loud. I think it’s really prepared us for Auburn. Auburn will be another great environment to play in. The student section is right behind the court, so it’ll be really good to play in that type of environment.”
And you know the students will be loud. This morning, Bruce Pearl sent out this video encouraging them to line up early for College Gameday (11 a.m. to noon, ESPN). The Tigers are also handing out free t-shirts to all students in the lower arena as part of a White Out (of course).
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“I think it’s easier to get pepped up for that type of game,” Quickley said.
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