This article is part of our College Hoops Barometer series.
The Auburn Tigers started the college basketball season swimming in a sea of uncertainty. With serious allegations looming, and coach Bruce Pearl's job far from secure, the Auburn program appeared ready to implode. On the court, the Tigers were not expected to finish in the top half of the SEC, let alone contend for a conference title. Yet somehow, some way, the Tigers blocked out the noise and have become one of the biggest surprises of the season. The Tigers find themselves in first place in the SEC. Auburn is 9-2 in the conference, and 21-3 overall. Leading scorer Bryce Brown has been pouring it on of late, averaging 21.4 points over Auburn's current five-game winning streak, though he has been nursing a shoulder injury which could sideline him this weekend. Still, with four players averaging in double figures, the balanced Tigers are among the top scoring squads in the country. They are also ferocious on the glass, ranking in the top echelon in offensive rebound rate according to KenPom.com. The Tigers still must face Kentucky and Florida down the stretch, and lost a barnburner to Texas A&M on Wednesday, but Auburn is in the odd position of being in the driver's seat in the conference. Of note, Auburn has only won the SEC Regular Season Championship twice in school history, the last time coming in 1999. Can the Tigers complete a miraculous season? We'll see how the next month unfolds.
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