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Auburn basketball got good news on Tuesday afternoon.

Auburn sports: NCAA Tournaments and welcoming back returners

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Baseball’s going dancing (again)

 Auburn baseball is playing in back-to-back NCAA Regionals for the first time since 2002-03, but this time the No. 2 Tigers are headed to Raleigh, N.C., for the program’s 21st NCAA tourney appearance.

Butch Thompson’s team will kick things off on Friday at 1 p.m. CT against Northeastern. Earlier this season, Northeastern won two games at Plainsman Park. During the first game of the three-game series, Auburn ace Casey Mize tossed a no-hitter. Auburn finished 15-15 in SEC play and 39-21 overall record.

The four-team regional will be hosted by North Carolina State and also includes Army.

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Making it to the semis

Auburn men’s golf advanced to the program’s first NCAA Tournament semifinal, but fell short on Tuesday afternoon.

The Tigers hadn’t reached the semifinals since 2009, but in the end top-ranked Oklahoma State that took down Nick Clinard’s team. The Cowboys advanced to the final match of competition.

Auburn had its best stroke-play finish at the NCAA Championships in program history with a fifth-place finish following four rounds of stroke play (the top 8 teams advanced to the match play portion of the tournament), and earned an SEC Conference Championship earlier this season.

Welcome the returners 

Auburn basketball fans were somewhat discouraged when seemingly every member of the program declared for the NBA Draft.

However, the players will be back in town next season. Well, most of them, anyway

Guard Mustapha Heron reportedly will transfer from the program, but point guard Jared Harper, shooting guard Bryce Brown and center Austin Wiley will return to play another season for coach Bruce Pearl.

Here’s a look at who’s coming back for another go:

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