1987-88 Auburn Tigers Men's Basketball Team
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1987%E2%80%9388 Auburn Tigers Men's Basketball Team
1987-88 Auburn Tigers men's basketball
Auburn Tigers logo.svg
NCAA Tournament, Second Round
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
1987-88 record19-11 (11-7 SEC)
Head coachSonny Smith (10th season)
Home arenaJoel H. Eaves Memorial Coliseum
Seasons
← 1986-87
1988-89 →
1987-88 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#6 Kentucky + 13 5   .722     27 6   .818
Auburn 11 7   .611     19 11   .633
Florida 11 7   .611     23 12   .657
LSU 10 8   .556     16 14   .533
Vanderbilt 10 8   .556     20 11   .645
Tennessee 9 9   .500     16 13   .552
Georgia 8 10   .444     20 16   .556
Ole Miss 6 12   .333     13 16   .448
Alabama 6 12   .333     14 17   .452
Mississippi State 6 12   .333     14 15   .483
+ 1988 SEC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1987-88 Auburn Tigers men's basketball team represented Auburn University in the 1987-88 college basketball season. The team's head coach was Sonny Smith, who was in his tenth season at Auburn. The team played their home games at Joel H. Eaves Memorial Coliseum in Auburn, Alabama. They finished the season 19-11, 11-7 in SEC play. They lost to Georgia in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Bradley to advance to the Second Round where they lost to Oklahoma.[1]

The Tigers' most notable freshman signee was 7'0" center Matt Geiger. Geiger was pressed into service early as a starter when senior Jeff Moore went down with an early-season injury.

Junior forward Mike Jones, the Tigers' leading scorer and rebounder, was declared academically ineligible and left the team after seven games. As a result, sophomore John Caylor became a starting forward along with senior Chris Morris. Caylor paid an immediate dividend by hitting a game-winning 3-point shot with 10 seconds left to give the Tigers an early conference road victory over #1-ranked Kentucky.

Guards Gerald White and Frank Ford were lost to graduation, but seniors Terrence Howard and Johnny Lynn, sophomore Derrick Dennison, and juco transfer Keenan Carpenter were able to offset the loss.

Roster

References

  1. ^ "1987-88 Auburn Tigers Schedule and Results". Retrieved 2016.

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