The nation’s hottest team continued its rise in the AP Top 25 on Monday.
Auburn jumped to No. 17 in this week’s poll after entering the rankings at No. 22 last week. Auburn is the highest-ranked SEC team, ahead of Kentucky, who sits at No. 18. It is Auburn's first top-20 ranking since 2000.
The Tigers defeated Ole Miss and Mississippi State last week, both in comeback fashion, to extend the country’s longest active winning streak to 14.
Auburn, which sits alone atop the SEC standings, will square off against two rivals this week, traveling to Tuscaloosa on Wednesday to face Alabama and hosting Georgia on Saturday.
ESPN college basketball analyst Joe Lunardi released his weekly NCAA Tournament projection on Monday, which featured Auburn as a No. 4 seed in the Big Dance. The Tigers are the highest projected SEC team along with Kentucky, which also given a No. 4 seed.
Auburn will put its 14-game winning streak on the line inside Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa on Wednesday. The Tigers have won four of the last five meetings with the Crimson Tide, including sweeping two games from Alabama last season. Auburn nailed 15 threes last season in Tuscaloosa to earn a 82-77 victory.
Tip-off in Tuscaloosa is set for 6 p.m. CST on the SEC Network.