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  • No. 6 Auburn defeats Arkansas in season opener 45-21

    No. 6 Auburn defeats Arkansas in season opener 45-21

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:41 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:41:18 GMT
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    The Auburn Tigers defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday by a score of 45-21 to start the 2014 season. From the way things looked on Saturday, the Auburn offense has not slowed down since 2013. The
    The Auburn Tigers defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday by a score of 45-21 to start the 2014 season.
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    What We Learned from the SEC in Week 1

    Sunday, August 31 2014 1:51 PM EDT2014-08-31 17:51:41 GMT

    For a while, it looked like the college football world was going to be upended in the first week of play, but it all worked out according to plan in the end.

    For a while, it looked like the college football world was going to be upended in the first week of play, but it all worked out according to plan in the end.

  • No. 6 Auburn runs over Arkansas

    No. 6 Auburn runs over Arkansas

    Saturday, August 30 2014 11:56 PM EDT2014-08-31 03:56:50 GMT
    No. 6 Auburn wasted no time getting into conference play.The reigning Southeastern Conference champion wasted no time getting its first win either after defeating Arkansas 48-24."I'm very proud of our
    No. 6 Auburn wasted no time getting into conference play.The reigning Southeastern Conference champion wasted no time getting its first win either after defeating Arkansas 48-24."I'm very proud of our

Auburn basketball will join Oklahoma State, Oregon State and Tulsa in Las Vegas for the MGM Grand Main Event, head coach Bruce Pearl announced on Thursday. All four teams which Auburn will play, which will also include home games against Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Louisiana as a part of the tournament, played in the postseason a year ago.

"There are several NCAA Tournament teams in this field that will challenge us early," Pearl said. "I'm hoping that the MGM Grand and a pre-Thanksgiving tournament will attract Auburn fans to travel out with the team."

Auburn, Oklahoma State, Oregon State and Tulsa will play Nov. 24 and 26 in Las Vegas, with the match-ups yet to be determined. Auburn will play host to Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Nov. 14 and Louisiana on Nov. 21 at the Auburn Arena.

Oklahoma State went 21-13 last season, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season and the 16th time in the past 24 seasons. Last season the Cowboys averaged 80.2 points per game while allowing just 69.6 ppg. Auburn and Oklahoma State last met in 2006 in the South Padre Invitational at South Padre Island, Texas.

Oregon State will be in its first year under head coach Wayne Tinkle, who took over a team that went 16-16 last season and played in the College Basketball Invitational. Auburn and Oregon State have never faced each other on the hardwood.

Tulsa went 21-13 last season and played in the NCAA Tournament after finishing in a four-way tie for the Conference-USA regular season title and winning the league tournament. Tulsa is under the direction of new head coach Frank Haith, who made the move from Missouri following last season. Auburn is 2-0 all-time against Tulsa, with Auburn defeating the Golden Hurricane, 74-55, in the 2009 NIT.

Auburn will be playing in Las Vegas for the first time since facing UNLV in the Las Vegas Showdown on Dec. 20, 2003.

As part of the tournament, Auburn will open up the 2014 season at home against Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Pearl coached the Panthers from 2001-05, taking UWM to its first appearance in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2005. In four years as the head coach at UWM, Pearl and the Panthers won a pair of Horizon League titles (2004, 2005) and two Horizon League Tournaments (2003, 2005). They earned NCAA bids twice and played in the NIT in 2004. UWM went 21-14 last season, winning the Horizon League Tournament and earning the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Auburn will also play host to Louisiana as part of the tournament. The Ragin' Cajuns went 23-12 last season, winning the Sun Belt Championship and playing in the NCAA Tournament. Auburn is 5-3 all-time against ULL, with the last meeting coming in 2000 at Auburn.

More details on the event, which is run by bd Global, will be available in July.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Auburn Athletics

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  • What We Learned from the SEC in Week 1

    What We Learned from the SEC in Week 1

    Sunday, August 31 2014 1:51 PM EDT2014-08-31 17:51:41 GMT

    For a while, it looked like the college football world was going to be upended in the first week of play, but it all worked out according to plan in the end.

    For a while, it looked like the college football world was going to be upended in the first week of play, but it all worked out according to plan in the end.

  • Marshall, Johnson, No. 6 Auburn top Arkansas 45-21

    Marshall, Johnson, No. 6 Auburn top Arkansas 45-21

    Saturday, August 30 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-08-31 02:30:45 GMT
    Jeremy Johnson passed for 243 yards and two touchdowns in the first half and Nick Marshall returned from suspension with a 19-yard scoring run to lift No. 6 Auburn to a 45-21 opening victory over Arkansas on Saturday.
    The Auburn offense didn't slow down a bit, even with Nick Marshall a spectator for half the game.
  • Sims starts, No. 2 Alabama beats WVU, 33-23

    Sims starts, No. 2 Alabama beats WVU, 33-23

    Saturday, August 30 2014 9:40 PM EDT2014-08-31 01:40:52 GMT
    Blake Sims was good enough to finish his first start at quarterback for Alabama, getting plenty of help from Amari Cooper, T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry, and the second-ranked Crimson Tide held off West Virginia...
    Blake Sims took a seat on the bench next to Jake Coker after leading Alabama to a score and the two chatted for a few minutes before it was time for the offense to go back on the field.
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