Alabama 42, Auburn 14

Trent Richardson and No. 2 Alabama have convinced Nick Saban that they’re worthy of competing for college football’s top prize. They’ll have to wait a while before for the final decision is rendered.

<p>Like most big college football fans, East Carolina quarterback Gardner Minshew watched on TV six weeks ago as Alabama rallied past Georgia to win another national title, with true freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa coming off the bench in relief of sophomore starter Jalen Hurts to spark the second-half comeback. </p><p>On Friday, Minshew will make the two-and-a-half-hour drive from his home in Brandon, Miss., to Tuscaloosa for an unofficial visit with the Crimson Tide to explore a chance to join the most stacked quarterback depth chart in college football as a graduate transfer. Minshew, who threw for 2,140 yards and 16 touchdowns with seven interceptions during East Carolina’s 3–9 campaign last fall, told SI that the idea of being part of the Alabama program—and competing against those two QBs—was probably the furthest thought from his mind as the national championship game played out.</p><p>The 6&#39;1&quot;, 220-pound Minshew graduated from ECU in December with a degree in communications and sent out his release to several schools throughout the South. Alabama was the first to respond, as newly promoted offensive coordinator Mike Locksley reached out to convey the Tide’s interest.</p><p>“I was definitely surprised,” Minshew says. “I wasn’t expecting that but I’m really excited about the opportunity. I want to get into coaching after my playing career is done. Being around that atmosphere and to be around Coach Saban would be such an invaluable experience.”</p><p>Minshew said a big part of the Tide’s pitch to him is the benefits the program could offer him as an aspiring coach. He knows it’d be an uphill climb to overtake the strong-armed Tagovailoa, the offensive MVP of the national title game, and Hurts, the SEC’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2016. “I want to be part of something special,” he says. “I’m a competitor. I’d like to get into that mix and I’ll take my chances.” Whether he got into the lineup or not, he said wherever he goes, “I’m going to be the best teammate I can be.” </p><p>For now, Alabama is his only offer, but two other SEC schools are also in the mix. Tennessee reached out to him last week, and earlier this week he heard from Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey, who recruited him in high school when Lindsey was the offensive coordinator at Southern Miss.</p><p>Minshew says Tennessee is very intriguing, especially because the Vols’ QB picture is pretty murky as Jeremy Pruitt and his new staff continue to get settled: “We’ve been talking a lot. They want me to compete for the job in the spring.”</p><p>Because Tennessee has mini-terms within its semesters, Minshew would be able to enroll this spring, compete in spring ball and get around his new teammates and coaches, which would be a big plus in his eyes.</p><p>He isn’t the only QB the Volunteers have their eye on: Former Stanford starter Keller Chryst is expected to take a visit to Knoxville over the weekend. Chryst isn’t expected to graduate until June, and Minshew said the Vols staff has told him they haven’t given out any offers.</p><p>“If it were to work out [at Tennessee], I’d be in school in there next Thursday,” he says. “I feel like I fit what they do.”</p><p>Lindsey told Minshew he was going to take his film to Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn. “[Lindsey] said that if it were up to him, I’m good there,” Minshew says.</p><p>The frenzy of SEC interest represents quite a change from Minshew’s first time through the recruiting process. As a junior in high school, Minshew had offers from Akron, UAB and Troy, but by signing day they all were gone for a variety of reasons, and he ended up walking on at Troy, then changing course and signing with Northwest Mississippi Community College. ECU offered him after he led Northwest Mississippi to a junior college national championship in 2015.</p><p>As for what his new team will be getting? “I’m a leader,” Minshew says. “I was a team captain in my second year at East Carolina. On the field, I feel like I’m accurate and I make good decisions. Being able to prepare mentally for the games is something I really take pride in.”</p>
Gardner Minshew Mulls Alabama and SEC Rivals as QB's Transfer Decision Day Nears

Like most big college football fans, East Carolina quarterback Gardner Minshew watched on TV six weeks ago as Alabama rallied past Georgia to win another national title, with true freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa coming off the bench in relief of sophomore starter Jalen Hurts to spark the second-half comeback.

On Friday, Minshew will make the two-and-a-half-hour drive from his home in Brandon, Miss., to Tuscaloosa for an unofficial visit with the Crimson Tide to explore a chance to join the most stacked quarterback depth chart in college football as a graduate transfer. Minshew, who threw for 2,140 yards and 16 touchdowns with seven interceptions during East Carolina’s 3–9 campaign last fall, told SI that the idea of being part of the Alabama program—and competing against those two QBs—was probably the furthest thought from his mind as the national championship game played out.

The 6'1", 220-pound Minshew graduated from ECU in December with a degree in communications and sent out his release to several schools throughout the South. Alabama was the first to respond, as newly promoted offensive coordinator Mike Locksley reached out to convey the Tide’s interest.

“I was definitely surprised,” Minshew says. “I wasn’t expecting that but I’m really excited about the opportunity. I want to get into coaching after my playing career is done. Being around that atmosphere and to be around Coach Saban would be such an invaluable experience.”

Minshew said a big part of the Tide’s pitch to him is the benefits the program could offer him as an aspiring coach. He knows it’d be an uphill climb to overtake the strong-armed Tagovailoa, the offensive MVP of the national title game, and Hurts, the SEC’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2016. “I want to be part of something special,” he says. “I’m a competitor. I’d like to get into that mix and I’ll take my chances.” Whether he got into the lineup or not, he said wherever he goes, “I’m going to be the best teammate I can be.”

For now, Alabama is his only offer, but two other SEC schools are also in the mix. Tennessee reached out to him last week, and earlier this week he heard from Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey, who recruited him in high school when Lindsey was the offensive coordinator at Southern Miss.

Minshew says Tennessee is very intriguing, especially because the Vols’ QB picture is pretty murky as Jeremy Pruitt and his new staff continue to get settled: “We’ve been talking a lot. They want me to compete for the job in the spring.”

Because Tennessee has mini-terms within its semesters, Minshew would be able to enroll this spring, compete in spring ball and get around his new teammates and coaches, which would be a big plus in his eyes.

He isn’t the only QB the Volunteers have their eye on: Former Stanford starter Keller Chryst is expected to take a visit to Knoxville over the weekend. Chryst isn’t expected to graduate until June, and Minshew said the Vols staff has told him they haven’t given out any offers.

“If it were to work out [at Tennessee], I’d be in school in there next Thursday,” he says. “I feel like I fit what they do.”

Lindsey told Minshew he was going to take his film to Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn. “[Lindsey] said that if it were up to him, I’m good there,” Minshew says.

The frenzy of SEC interest represents quite a change from Minshew’s first time through the recruiting process. As a junior in high school, Minshew had offers from Akron, UAB and Troy, but by signing day they all were gone for a variety of reasons, and he ended up walking on at Troy, then changing course and signing with Northwest Mississippi Community College. ECU offered him after he led Northwest Mississippi to a junior college national championship in 2015.

As for what his new team will be getting? “I’m a leader,” Minshew says. “I was a team captain in my second year at East Carolina. On the field, I feel like I’m accurate and I make good decisions. Being able to prepare mentally for the games is something I really take pride in.”

Auburn guard Malik Dunbar shoots as Alabama forward Braxton Key (25) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Harper, Okeke lead No. 12 Auburn to 90-71 win over Alabama
Auburn guard Malik Dunbar shoots as Alabama forward Braxton Key (25) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn guard Jared Harper (1) reacts to a call against him during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Alabama Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Harper, Okeke lead No. 12 Auburn to 90-71 win over Alabama
Auburn guard Jared Harper (1) reacts to a call against him during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Alabama Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Alabama coach Avery Johnson watches the final moments of the team&#39;s NCAA college basketball game against Auburn on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Harper, Okeke lead No. 12 Auburn to 90-71 win over Alabama
Alabama coach Avery Johnson watches the final moments of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Auburn on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn guard Malik Dunbar celebrates on the court after Auburn defeated Alabama 90-71 in an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Harper, Okeke lead No. 12 Auburn to 90-71 win over Alabama
Auburn guard Malik Dunbar celebrates on the court after Auburn defeated Alabama 90-71 in an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn forward Horace Spencer reacts to a three point basket and strong start with a string of unanswered points against Alabama during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Harper, Okeke lead No. 12 Auburn to 90-71 win over Alabama
Auburn forward Horace Spencer reacts to a three point basket and strong start with a string of unanswered points against Alabama during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn guard Malik Dunbar fouls Alabama guard Dazon Ingram (12) under the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball gameWednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Harper, Okeke lead No. 12 Auburn to 90-71 win over Alabama
Auburn guard Malik Dunbar fouls Alabama guard Dazon Ingram (12) under the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball gameWednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn coach Bruce Pearl shouts toward the floor during the second half of the team&#39;s NCAA college basketball game against Alabama on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Harper, Okeke lead No. 12 Auburn to 90-71 win over Alabama
Auburn coach Bruce Pearl shouts toward the floor during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Alabama on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn forward Chuma Okeke (4) shoots as Alabama forward Donta Hall (0) during an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn forward Chuma Okeke (4) shoots as Alabama forward Donta Hall (0) during an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn forward Chuma Okeke (4) shoots as Alabama forward Donta Hall (0) during an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Alabama guard John Petty (23) shoots as Auburn forward Desean Murray (13) defends during an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Alabama guard John Petty (23) shoots as Auburn forward Desean Murray (13) defends during an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Alabama guard John Petty (23) shoots as Auburn forward Desean Murray (13) defends during an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl works during an NCAA college basketball game against Alabama Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl works during an NCAA college basketball game against Alabama Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl works during an NCAA college basketball game against Alabama Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn guard Davion Mitchell (10) shoots as Alabama guard Avery Johnson Jr. (5) defends during an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn guard Davion Mitchell (10) shoots as Alabama guard Avery Johnson Jr. (5) defends during an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn guard Davion Mitchell (10) shoots as Alabama guard Avery Johnson Jr. (5) defends during an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn guard Malik Dunbar celebrates on the court after an NCAA college basketball game against Alabama Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn guard Malik Dunbar celebrates on the court after an NCAA college basketball game against Alabama Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn guard Malik Dunbar celebrates on the court after an NCAA college basketball game against Alabama Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Alabama head coach Avery Johnson works the sideline during an NCAA college basketball game against Auburn Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Alabama head coach Avery Johnson works the sideline during an NCAA college basketball game against Auburn Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Alabama head coach Avery Johnson works the sideline during an NCAA college basketball game against Auburn Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Alabama head coach Avery Johnson works the sideline during an NCAA college basketball game against Auburn Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Alabama head coach Avery Johnson works the sideline during an NCAA college basketball game against Auburn Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Alabama head coach Avery Johnson works the sideline during an NCAA college basketball game against Auburn Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Alabama guard Collin Sexton drives to the basket past the defense of Auburn forward Chuma Okeke (4) during an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Alabama guard Collin Sexton drives to the basket past the defense of Auburn forward Chuma Okeke (4) during an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Alabama guard Collin Sexton drives to the basket past the defense of Auburn forward Chuma Okeke (4) during an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Alabama head coach Avery Johnson talks to forward Braxton Key (25) during an NCAA college basketball game against Auburn Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Alabama head coach Avery Johnson talks to forward Braxton Key (25) during an NCAA college basketball game against Auburn Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Alabama head coach Avery Johnson talks to forward Braxton Key (25) during an NCAA college basketball game against Auburn Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Alabama guard Collin Sexton (2) brings a steal up the floor as Auburn guard Bryce Brown (2) follows during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Alabama guard Collin Sexton (2) brings a steal up the floor as Auburn guard Bryce Brown (2) follows during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Alabama guard Collin Sexton (2) brings a steal up the floor as Auburn guard Bryce Brown (2) follows during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn legend Charles Barkley believes this is the best Tigers basketball season in school history. The NBA on TNT analyst explains after Auburn's 90-71 victory against Alabama on Feb. 21, 2018.
Charles Barkley weighs in on Auburn's big run
Auburn legend Charles Barkley believes this is the best Tigers basketball season in school history. The NBA on TNT analyst explains after Auburn's 90-71 victory against Alabama on Feb. 21, 2018.
Auburn legend Charles Barkley believes this is the best Tigers basketball season in school history. The NBA on TNT analyst explains after Auburn's 90-71 victory against Alabama on Feb. 21, 2018.
Charles Barkley weighs in on Auburn's big run
Auburn legend Charles Barkley believes this is the best Tigers basketball season in school history. The NBA on TNT analyst explains after Auburn's 90-71 victory against Alabama on Feb. 21, 2018.
Auburn legend Charles Barkley believes this is the best Tigers basketball season in school history. The NBA on TNT analyst explains after Auburn's 90-71 victory against Alabama on Feb. 21, 2018.
Charles Barkley weighs in on Auburn's big run
Auburn legend Charles Barkley believes this is the best Tigers basketball season in school history. The NBA on TNT analyst explains after Auburn's 90-71 victory against Alabama on Feb. 21, 2018.
Auburn legend Charles Barkley believes this is the best Tigers basketball season in school history. The NBA on TNT analyst explains after Auburn's 90-71 victory against Alabama on Feb. 21, 2018.
Charles Barkley weighs in on Auburn's big run
Auburn legend Charles Barkley believes this is the best Tigers basketball season in school history. The NBA on TNT analyst explains after Auburn's 90-71 victory against Alabama on Feb. 21, 2018.
Alabama coach Avery Johnson watches the final moments of the team&#39;s NCAA college basketball game against Auburn on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Alabama coach Avery Johnson watches the final moments of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Auburn on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Alabama coach Avery Johnson watches the final moments of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Auburn on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn coach Bruce Pearl shouts toward the floor during the second half of the team&#39;s NCAA college basketball game against Alabama on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn coach Bruce Pearl shouts toward the floor during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Alabama on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn coach Bruce Pearl shouts toward the floor during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Alabama on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn forward Horace Spencer dunks against Alabama during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn forward Horace Spencer dunks against Alabama during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn forward Horace Spencer dunks against Alabama during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn was short handed but they still raced past rival Alabama for an SEC win.
Harper, Okeke lead No. 12 Auburn to 90-71 win over Alabama
Auburn was short handed but they still raced past rival Alabama for an SEC win.
Auburn was short handed but they still raced past rival Alabama for an SEC win.
Harper, Okeke lead No. 12 Auburn to 90-71 win over Alabama
Auburn was short handed but they still raced past rival Alabama for an SEC win.
Auburn guard Jared Harper, center, lands after being fouled by Alabama guard Avery Johnson Jr. (5) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn guard Jared Harper, center, lands after being fouled by Alabama guard Avery Johnson Jr. (5) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn guard Jared Harper, center, lands after being fouled by Alabama guard Avery Johnson Jr. (5) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn guard Jared Harper is fouled by Alabama guard Avery Johnson Jr. (5) as he goes to the basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn guard Jared Harper is fouled by Alabama guard Avery Johnson Jr. (5) as he goes to the basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn guard Jared Harper is fouled by Alabama guard Avery Johnson Jr. (5) as he goes to the basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn guard Davion Mitchell (10) brings the ball up the floor with a steal as Alabama guard Avery Johnson Jr. (5) pursues during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn guard Davion Mitchell (10) brings the ball up the floor with a steal as Alabama guard Avery Johnson Jr. (5) pursues during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn guard Davion Mitchell (10) brings the ball up the floor with a steal as Alabama guard Avery Johnson Jr. (5) pursues during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn coach Bruce Pearl gestures during the second half of the team&#39;s NCAA college basketball game against Alabama on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn coach Bruce Pearl gestures during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Alabama on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn coach Bruce Pearl gestures during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Alabama on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Alabama coach Avery Johnson and players watch the final moments of the team&#39;s NCAA college basketball game against Alabama on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Alabama coach Avery Johnson and players watch the final moments of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Alabama on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Alabama coach Avery Johnson and players watch the final moments of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Alabama on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn players celebrate a score during the second half of the team&#39;s NCAA college basketball game against Alabama on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn players celebrate a score during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Alabama on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn players celebrate a score during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Alabama on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 90-71. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn guard Malik Dunbar celebrates on the court after Auburn defeated Alabama 90-71 in an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn guard Malik Dunbar celebrates on the court after Auburn defeated Alabama 90-71 in an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn guard Malik Dunbar celebrates on the court after Auburn defeated Alabama 90-71 in an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn guard Malik Dunbar shoots past the defense of Alabama forward Braxton Key (25) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn guard Malik Dunbar shoots past the defense of Alabama forward Braxton Key (25) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn guard Malik Dunbar shoots past the defense of Alabama forward Braxton Key (25) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn guard Malik Dunbar fouls Alabama guard Dazon Ingram (12) under the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball gameWednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn guard Malik Dunbar fouls Alabama guard Dazon Ingram (12) under the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball gameWednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn guard Malik Dunbar fouls Alabama guard Dazon Ingram (12) under the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball gameWednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn forward Desean Murray (13) saves the ball from going out of bounds during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Alabama Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn forward Desean Murray (13) saves the ball from going out of bounds during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Alabama Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn forward Desean Murray (13) saves the ball from going out of bounds during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Alabama Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Alabama forward Braxton Key (25) shoots as Auburn guard Davion Mitchell defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Alabama forward Braxton Key (25) shoots as Auburn guard Davion Mitchell defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Alabama forward Braxton Key (25) shoots as Auburn guard Davion Mitchell defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn guard Jared Harper (1) reacts to a call against him during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Alabama Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn guard Jared Harper (1) reacts to a call against him during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Alabama Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Auburn guard Jared Harper (1) reacts to a call against him during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Alabama Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/John Amis)

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