WATCH: Auburn coach Bruce Pearl calls out Charles Barkley after March Madness win

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Day one of the first round of the 2023 March Madness tournament kicked off yesterday and we had some thrilling upsets. Furman, Princeton, and even Auburn had some big-time upsets to start a crazy tournament season. The #9 seed Tigers had a tough matchup vs the Iowa Hawkeyes. Auburn started off hot, but the Hawkeyes made a run in the second half. After their 83-75 win, head coach Bruce Pearl called out Auburn Alum, Charles Barkley. 

Pearl was only joking around because Barkley has been known to flaunt his Tiger pride over the years. Barkley is an analyst for CBS’ March Madness studio show and is always showing his Abuburn pride on game day. He’s been known to have ballons all over the set in Auburn’s colors along with a stuffed animal tiger he keeps beside him.

It’s all playful fun and Barkely is well-respected on that campus and is their most famous basketball alumni. After the win vs Iowa yesterday, College Basketball Betting sites have the Tigers at (+9000) to win the National Championship this season.

Brue Pearl jokingly calls out Charles Barkley after Auburn’s win vs Iowa yesterday

The Tigers had a 31-26 lead at the half yesterday and then opened up to a 17-point lead shortly after that. However, Bruce Pearl noted on Monday after studying Iowa’s film that they are a team that scores in bunches and can catch fire from deep. That’s exactly what Iowa did and they found a way to claw back from being down nearly 20 points.

Auburn has struggled to close out games this season, but finally found a way to do it in the biggest moment of their season yet. Last year the Tigers has a strong season and earned a #2 seed. This year was different as they were an #8 seed and had a tough matchup vs the Hawkeyes last night.

Their next game will be one of the toughest games they will play this season. The Tigers have a matchup against the #1 seed Houston Cougars. They were the #1 overall seed in the entire tournament and finished the season as the nation’s #1 ranked team as well.

Zach Wolpin is an NBA expert and has been betting on the league for over three years now. Wolpin has been a fan of the NBA and has been watching for a decade and a half. He covers the latest news and stories surrounding the league daily. His passion is life is watching sports and being able to share his passion for sports through his writing. He has written about the NBA and other sports leagues through various media outlets over the years. like,, and Before he became an NBA News Writer, Wolpin attended Montclair State University where he graduated in 2021. He studied Sports Media and Writing while in school.

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