No. 4 seed Auburn basketball will play No. 5 seed Clemson on Sunday, March 18, 2018, in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Follow along here for the score, live updates and statistics from San Diego.
Auburn-Clemson score, live updates, stats
FINAL: CLEMSON 84, AUBURN 53.
CLEMSON 76, AUBURN 40 (7:25 2H): Auburn’s finding more offense, now that the game is wide-open and Clemson isn’t as locked in defensively. The Tigers still don’t have a double-digit scorer.
CLEMSON 69, AUBURN 29 (11:33 2H): Clemson isn’t being nice to Auburn. The orange Tigers can’t seem to miss, hitting 3-pointers at will and finding good looks at the basket.
CLEMSON 56, AUBURN 24 (15:56 2H): Bryce Brown answers with a 3, so Auburn’s field goal drought ends at 18. But Auburn is back in another drought, this time 0-5 from the field. Clemson has extended its lead with a few 3-pointers.
HALFTIME: CLEMSON 43, AUBURN 19. Auburn didn’t hit a single shot in the final 10 minutes, with 16 straight misses from the field. Meanwhile, Auburn couldn’t stop much of anything on defense.
CLEMSON 32, AUBURN 15 (3:58 1H): Auburn is 0 for its last 13 from the field and hasn’t scored in 6:35.
CLEMSON 27, AUBURN 15 (7:51 1H): 14-2 run from Clemson, which is getting easy looks at the basket and in transition. Both sides of the floor are a struggle right now for Auburn.
CLEMSON 15, AUBURN 13 (11:15 1H): Back-to-back 3-pointers from Bryce Brown and Chuma Okeke are followed by a Clemson floater. Auburn definitely feels confident in its 3-point shot again. Pearl still wants this game to speed up. Very much being played at Clemson’s pace.
CLEMSON 13, AUBURN 7 (13:33 1H): Auburn can’t get anything good going on offense right now in the half-court. Bad turnovers aren’t helping. Orange Tigers have 4 points off the turnovers.
CLEMSON 9, AUBURN 7 (15:01 1H): Auburn is 3-9 so far, while Clemson has hit its last 3 shots after back-to-back misses to open it. Spencer with 4, Heron with 3. Spencer opened the scoring with a bunny shot and a putback dunk. Heron hit a 3-pointer but missed another one.
PREGAME: Here’s a look at the Tigers’ warmups from San Diego.
No changes, as expected, for Auburn’s starting lineup:
- PG Jared Harper
- SG Bryce Brown
- SF Mustapha Heron
- PF Desean Murray
- C Horace Spencer
Auburn-Clemson game time, details
- Time: 6:10 p.m. CT
- Date: March 18, 2018
- Location: San Diego; Viejas Arena (12,414)
- Records: Auburn 26-7; Clemson 24-9
- Favorite: Auburn by 1.5
What TV channel is Auburn-Clemson on?
You can watch Auburn vs. Clemson on TBS. Carter Blackburn, Debbie Antonelli and John Schriffen will be on the call.
How can I watch Auburn-Clemson online?
Stream Auburn vs. Clemson online (if you are an eligible subscriber) via March Madness Live.
How can I listen to Auburn-Clemson on the radio?
You can listen to the Auburn Sports Network call of the Auburn basketball and Clemson game. The Auburn Sports Network also offers a stream on AuburnTigers.com and the TuneIn app.
- Auburn won’t change its offensive style, even after missing the vast majority of its shots against College of Charleston. Clemson’s 3-point defense ranks 228th nationally, so this is a key area where the Tigers can take advantage.
- A wire-to-wire champion in the SEC during the regular season, Auburn is one of just three conference teams still left in the tournament. Each of the last three wire-to-wire SEC champions have at least reached the Elite Eight.
- Auburn basketball survived and advanced past the College of Charleston on Friday with a huge defensive effort. While the Tigers know they must play better on offense in the second round, they know the key to winning in March is making stops.
- Freshman point guard Davion Mitchell proved he could be reliable in the NCAA Tournament on Friday, playing 20 minutes in relief of foul-troubled starter Jared Harper. Auburn is 12-0 this season when Mitchell plays at least 20 minutes off the bench.
- Keep an eye on the end of Auburn’s bench on Sunday night for injured center Anfernee McLemore. The Georgia native has been instrumental in boosting the Tigers’ morale during their late-season slide and quick turnaround here in San Diego. Check out what he had to say following the first round.