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Auburn wins SEC tournament

The Auburn University men's basketball team won the Southeastern conference tournament for only the third time in the school's history on Sunday. The win secured the Tigers an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament where they will play Yale in the first round.

Auburn beat Florida 86 to 67.

Auburn is coached by Bruce Peal.

"Winning the championship this year means even more because the league was so good," Pearl said. "We've won a few of these. I think this one is the most special. Maybe it's because it's in my 10th year here at Auburn or because the bond that this team had. I wanted it really badly for these guys."

Johni Broome had 19 points and 11 rebounds in the game. He was also named Most Valuable Player of the tournament. Denver Jones had 11 points. Chad Baker-Mazara scored 10 points.

Auburn is #12 in the nation so most observers thought that winning the SEC tournament would vault the Tigers into a #3 seed in the NCAA tournament. The committee did not agree and made Auburn a #4 seed. If Auburn can advance in the tournament there is a strong likelihood that the Tigers will have to face defending national champion University of Connecticut to get out of their region.

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