Danjel Purifoy (above) is averaging 14.9 points per game, 4.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists for the Tigers.
Looking to win a third straight game and seventh overall in the young 2016-17 season, the Auburn Tigers will make their first ever appearance at one of basketball’s most well known venues.
Coach Bruce Pearl's team will tip off at 5:30 p.m. CST on Monday at Madison Square Garden in New York City in a game vs. Boston College as part of the Under Armour Reunion. The contest matching the 6-1 Tigers vs. the 4-5 Eagles of the ACC will be televised on Fox Sports 1.
Pearl had these comments about Auburn’s first appearance at Madison Square Garden. “Now you’re talking, now you’re talking about something,” he said. “What does it mean to play at the Garden? The Garden is the mecca of basketball.
“It’s hard for a Bostonian to say that Madison Square Garden, not the Boston Garden, is the mecca of anything, but it is. The media there and all of the great holiday tournaments. I’m going to be coaching on the same floor as Red Holzman and Red Auerbach coached. The last time I coached at Madison Square Garden we won the Preseason NIT, and I coached against Shaka Smart and Jay Wright, so it’s an honor. It’s just an honor.”
The second game of Monday’s doubleheader will match Seton Hall vs. South Carolina.
Due to the fall semester final exams schedule Auburn will be making its first appearance in nine days since winning 74-70 at UAB. Boston College has dropped four of its last five contests, including two home games last week, falling 74-66 to Harvard and 65-63 on Friday to Hartford.
Jerome Robinson, a 6-5, 190 sophomore guard for Boston College, is averaging 18.9 points, which ranks third in the ACC for scoring. He is seventh in that league for steals at 1.67 per contest and is ninth in three-pointers made at 2.11 per game.
Jerome Robinson (1) is a key performer for the Eagles.
The Eagles are averaging 70.3 points per contest and are shooting 44.1 percent from the field. They are averaging 7.7 made three-pointers per game at a 39.0 average. BC is hitting 67.8 percent of its free throws and has a plus 3.3 per game rebound margin.
Auburn is averaging 79.0 points per contest and allowing 72.7. The Tigers are making 43.3 percent of their field goals and 32.2 percent of their threes with an average of 8.3 per game. AU’s free throw percentage is 65.5 and the team is minus 3.0 in rebound margin.
Boston College has a minus 2.3 turnover margin while Auburn has excelled in this area so far at plus 5.3 per game.
Asked about the game against his alma mater, Pearl said, “Honestly, it doesn’t mean any more to me. It doesn’t. It’s been so long since I’ve been at Boston College.
“I’m very proud of what we helped get started there at BC. My sophomore or junior year we got to the Big East and really got that thing started and then turned it over to Gary Williams, and he continued it. He turned it over to Jimmy O’Brien, he continued it, and then turned it over to Al Skinner, and he continued it.
“When I played Boston College in the NCAA Tournament when I was at Tennessee, that might have been a little bit more meaningful because it was the first time or it was a team that was at one time that team was 20-0, they had three or four pros, and it was a big game,”?he added.
“For me, I see an ACC club from a league that puts eight or nine every year in the tournament going up an SEC club that only put three in the tournament last year. It’s one we have to get from the standpoint of representing our league.”