MINNEAPOLIS, MN (WBRC) - It wasn’t the ending Auburn fans were hoping for, but what a ride.
The Tigers advanced to their first Final Four in program history this season, before falling to Virginia 63-62 on Saturday.
Despite trailing by 10 points around the 5-minute mark in the second half, Auburn was less than a second away from advancing to the national championship game. Instead, with Virginia trailing by 2, Kyle Guy made three free throws with 0.6 seconds left.
Bryce Brown led the Tigers (30-10) with 12 points. Jared Harper added 11 and Anfernee McLemore had nine points and 12 rebounds.
Auburn’s first trip to the Final Four was not only historic, with the program advancing to the Elite 8 only once, but the way the Tigers shifted through the NCAA Tournament was admirable.
During the first four rounds of the NCAA tournament, the Tigers have managed to beat three of the most storied programs in NCAA basketball history.
After surviving a scare against New Mexico State in the first round, the Tigers dominated Kansas in the second round. The Tigers then went on to trounce the North Carolina Tarheels in the Sweet 16 before beating Kentucky last Sunday to advance to the Final Four.
Kansas, North Carolina and Kentucky have a combined 17 National Championships. The three teams are currently seventh, third, and second, respectively, on the list of all time National Championships.
Auburn also finished off North Carolina and defeated Kentucky and took Virginia to the wire without one of its stars, Chuma Okeke. Okeke was injured late in the North Carolina game and several days later had surgery to repair a torn ACL.
You can read about the Tigers’ NCAA Tournament run below: