After falling two spots in the AP Top 25 last week, Auburn reversed that trend this week and jumped the most spots of any team in the country.
The Tigers, who are 19-2 overall and 7-1 in the SEC, jumped eight spots in this week’s poll to No. 11 after drubbing Missouri and LSU by a combined 43 points last week. It is Auburn’s highest ranking since February 2000.
Highlights from Auburn's dominant 95-70 victory over LSU last night pic.twitter.com/bxyEQhJfxH— The Auburn Plainsman (@TheAUPlainsman) January 28, 2018
Auburn is one of four SEC teams in this week’s poll, which also includes No. 18 Tennessee, No. 21 Kentucky and No. 23 Florida.
Auburn has a one-game lead over Florida in the SEC heading into the new week. The Gators fell to South Carolina at home last week.
As the Tigers race towards snapping their 15-year NCAA Tournament drought, national pundits have the SEC leader in prime position to make a run in March.
In his latest NCAA Tournament projection, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi listed Auburn as a No. 2 seed in the East Region. CBS’s Jerry Palm also placed the Tigers as a No. 2 seed in his projections.
Auburn will face a stiff road test on Tuesday as it travels to Oxford to take on Ole Miss. Since losing 85-70 at Auburn on Jan. 9, the Rebels have knocked off Florida and Alabama at The Pavilion in Oxford. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. CST.
Following its midweek matchup, the Tigers will host Vanderbilt on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. CST inside Auburn Arena.
The SEC Network will televise both games.