The Associated Press is reporting that Auburn has the No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament after a 77-57 victory over Oklahoma on Friday.
The Tigers are the No.”2 seed in a first-round matchup with Oklahoma and have the best record in the nation.
Oklahoma is favored by 2.5 points over Auburn, who are the top seed in both conferences.
The game was played at the Auburn-Oklahoma City Arena, the team’s home court.
Oklahoma (10-5) is trying to become the first team in the conference to win three straight games and become the last undefeated team to do so.
“They have a really good coach in Scott Brooks. “
We know that Oklahoma is a good team,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said.
“They have a really good coach in Scott Brooks.
Oklahoma has a good basketball team.
They’re playing the right way.
They have great players.
They played a really, really good game and they have the ability to make a run.”
Oklahoma leads the conference with 39 victories and is in third place in the polls with 27 games remaining.
Oklahoma’s last loss was a 104-93 defeat at Auburn on Nov. 14.
Auburn won in overtime for the second time in three games and for the fifth time in 10.
Oklahoma was led by senior forward Chris Babbitt, who had 17 points and six rebounds.
Oklahoma forward James Young scored 21 points.
Babbitt led the way with 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
Babbit was named SEC Player of the Week for the week ending Nov. 24.
Oklahoma freshman center Austin Nichols had 10 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.
Nichols led Oklahoma with five steals.
Oklahoma coach Bob Dole called Nichols “a very talented kid.”
Oklahoma has won five of six at Auburn and 11 of 12 overall.
Oklahoma finished the season No. 2 in the SEC standings.
Oklahoma led the conference in scoring and was second in the ACC standings.
Kansas won the conference’s regular-season title with a 52-49 victory at Arkansas on Saturday.
Arkansas (8-10) is one game behind Oklahoma for the No 1 seed after defeating North Carolina 74-57 on Friday night.
North Carolina has a 3-6 record against SEC teams this season and is 2-9 against Big 12 opponents.
Rutgers beat Arkansas 70-59 on Friday to clinch a playoff berth.
Georgia and Missouri will play in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday and will meet for the final NCAA berth.