AUBURN, Ala. — For the first time in 15 years — or, to put it a different way, 469 games — Auburn basketball will hit the floor this week with an Associated Press poll ranking next to its name.
Auburn (14-1, 2-0 SEC) debuted at No. 22 in this week’s AP poll, which released Monday. The Tigers knocked off a pair of ranked opponents, Tennessee and Arkansas, by double-digits to break into the poll after a week of upsets all across college basketball.
Bruce Pearl’s Auburn team broke a number of program droughts over the last few days. This week will mark the first time Auburn has been ranked in the AP poll since Jan. 26, 2003.
Auburn had never beaten a pair of ranked teams by double-digits in a single season in program history. The Tigers’ consecutive ranked wins were their first since 2007 and the first against ranked SEC opponents since 1958.
The Monday news of Auburn’s ranking comes after sophomore wing Mustapha Heron was named the SEC Player of the Week. He averaged 16.5 points and 5.5 rebounds across Auburn’s two wins over Tennessee and Arkansas. Heron is Auburn’s first SEC Player of the Week winner since KT Harrell in 2014.
Auburn will look to defend its ranking and 12-game winning streak Tuesday night at home against Ole Miss (9-6, 2-1 SEC). Tipoff is set for 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on ESPNU. Auburn has lost 10 straight games against the Rebels, dating back to the 2011-12 season.