Syracuse will play No. 19 Auburn in Battle 4 Atlantis finale
Paradise Island, Bahamas — Jabari Smith looked comfortable posting up for No. 19 Auburn, while Walker Kessler kept working the glass and protecting the rim against an opponent that reached the second weekend of last season’s NCAA Tournament.
It’s a good, early sign for Bruce Pearl’s young frontcourt.
Smith had 14 points and Kessler had his second straight double-double at the Battle 4 Atlantis, helping the Tigers regroup from a double-overtime loss and beat Loyola Chicago 62-53 in Thursday’s consolation round.
“Jabari, I think, showed he’s the best player here,” Pearl said. “Walker showed he’s the best rim protector here. And I thought our kids really stepped up.”
Auburn advanced to Friday’s fifth-place game and will face Syracuse. The game begins at 4:30 p.m. The Orange beat Arizona State, 92-84, …
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