Auburn players hit by illness one day before the Final Four against Virginia



With the Men's Final Four a day away, the Auburn Tigers have more to contend with than the top-ranked team in support.

At least three players are fighting the disease in the confrontation of the No. 5 team against No. 1 Virginia. It was a similar story last week when the disease happened to North Carolina before the showdown with Sweet 16.

The same thing that may have helped the increase of the Tigers may also contribute to their demise.

Top scorers of Auburn under the weather

Bryce Brown and Jared Harper are "under the weather," Bruce Pearl told the media on Friday morning, according to CBS Sports.

Harper said he has a cold and was reportedly hoarse talking to reporters. Brown is also sick and both players received vaccines to treat the symptoms.

"We have a couple of guys who are snorting, coughing and coughing, but we do not play today," coach Bruce Pearl said on CBS Sports. "Jared would be less than 100 percent if we had to play today." If we played yesterday, Bryce would have been less than 100 percent. He will be fine tomorrow. "

Auburn is already dealing with the loss of Okeke, who suffered a torn ACL in Sweet 16's victory over North Carolina. He averaged 12.0 points and 6.8 rebounds per game and was operated on Tuesday.

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Anfernee McLemore (24) of Auburn reaches a rebound between PJ Washington (25), Keldon Johnson and Ashton Hagans (2) of Kentucky during the extra time of the Midwest regional final in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament on Sunday March 31, 2019, in Kansas. City, Mo. Auburn won 77-71 in overtime. (AP Photo / Charlie Riedel)

Malik Dunbar of Auburn celebrates after Auburn defeated Kentucky in the Midwest regional final game at the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on Sunday, March 31, 2019 in Kansas City, Mo. Auburn won 77-71 in extra time. (AP Photo / Orlin Wagner)

Ashton Hagans (2) of Kentucky and Keldon Johnson (3) walk to the bank after losing to Auburn in the Midwest Regional final game at the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on Sunday, March 31, 2019 in Kansas City, Mo. Auburn won 77-71 in overtime. (AP Photo / Charlie Riedel)

Tyler Herro, of Kentucky, reacts as time expires during overtime during the Midwest Regional final game against Auburn in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on Sunday, March 31, 2019 in Kansas City, Mo. Auburn won 77-71 in overtime. (AP Photo / Charlie Riedel)

Jared Harper, of Auburn, dives after a loose ball during the overtime of the Midwest Regional final game against Kentucky in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo / Charlie Riedel)

Bryce Brown of Auburn celebrates during the second half of the game of the Midwest Regional final against Kentucky in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo / Charlie Riedel )

Reid Travis (22) of Kentucky shoots Anfernee McLemore (24) of Auburn during the second half of the Midwest Regional Final game at the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Kansas City , Mo. (AP Photo / Charlie Riedel)

Bryce Brown (2) of Auburn celebrates during the second half of the Midwest Regional final game against Kentucky in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on Sunday, March 31, 2019 in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo / Charlie Riedel )

PJ Washington (25) of Kentucky fires during the second half of the game of the Regional Midwest final against Auburn in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament on Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (Photo AP / Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – MARCH 31: Bryce Brown # 2 of the Auburn Tigers loses the ball against PJ Washington # 25 of the Kentucky Wildcats during the 2019 NCAA Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at Sprint Center on March 31, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri (Photo by Jamie Squire / Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – MARCH 31: Danjel Purifoy # 3 of the Auburn Tigers reacts to a play against the Kentucky Wildcats during the 2019 NCAA Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at Sprint Center on March 31, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Christian Petersen / Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – MARCH 31: The Auburn Tigers celebrate the loss of the Kentucky Wildcats 77-71 in overtime during the 2019 NCAA Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at Sprint Center on March 31, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Christian Petersen / Getty Images)




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Blame the tar heels?

North Carolina had its own fight with a disease last weekend in Kansas City.

Striker Nbadir Little had missed practices with flu-like symptoms. Coach Roy Williams chose not to take him to the arena to practice Sweet 16, although the emerging star ended up playing.

The Tar Heels fought offensively, although nothing was said about feeling under the weather. It is not clear if the Auburn players may have contracted an illness last weekend or at some point during the week.

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KANSAS CITY, MO – MARCH 29: Coby White # 2 of the North Carolina Tar Heels defends against the Auburn Tigers in the third round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament 2019 held at the Sprint Center on March 29, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri (Photo by Ben Solomon / NCAA photos through Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – MARCH 29: Luke Maye # 32 of North Carolina Tar Heels handles the ball against the Auburn Tigers during the 2019 NCAA Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at Sprint Center on March 29, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire / Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, MO – MARCH 29: Garrison Brooks # 15 of the North Carolina Tar Heels fights for the ball against Anfernee McLemore # 24 of the Auburn Tigers in the third round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament 2019 held at the Sprint Center on 29 March. 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ben Solomon / NCAA photos through Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – MARCH 29: JV McCormick # 12 of the Auburn Tigers leads the basket against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the 2019 NCAA Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at Sprint Center on March 29, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Christian Petersen / Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – MARCH 29: Seventh Woods # 0 of the North Carolina battles Tar Heels for a loose ball with Bryce Brown # 2 of the Auburn Tigers during the 2019 NCAA Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at Sprint Center on March 29, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Christian Petersen / Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – MARCH 29: Cameron Johnson # 13 of the North Carolina battles Tar Heels for the ball against the Auburn Tigers during the 2019 NCAA Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at Sprint Center on March 29, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri . (Photo by Christian Petersen / Getty Images)

Chuma Okeke of Auburn screams in pain after being injured during the second half of a NCAA men's college basketball tournament, a regional semifinal match against North Carolina on Friday, March 29, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo (AP Photo / Charlie Riedel)

Coby White (2) of North Carolina has fun while Horace Spencer (0) of Auburn defends during the second half of a men's basketball tournament of the NCAA. Regional Midwest semifinal tournament on Friday, March 29, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo / Charlie Riedel)

Samir Doughty of Auburn celebrates during the second half of a NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Midwest Regional University semifinal game against North Carolina on Friday, March 29, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo / Orlin Wagner)

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams shouts from the side during the second half of a NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Midwest Regional semifinal game against Auburn Friday, March 29, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo / Charlie Riedel)

Bryce Brown of Auburn applauds during the second half of a Midwest Regional Midwest Regional semifinal game at a men's NCAA basketball tournament against North Carolina on Friday, March 29, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo / Charlie Riedel)




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The impact of Brown and Harper

The duo relied heavily on Elite Eight's victory over Kentucky. They combined to score 35 of the team's 47 points in the second half and overtime. Pearl admitted that the game plan was to give it to him.

Brown averages 16.0 points per game, the team's maximum. Harper is the second best of 15.4 points per game and the team leader attends with an average of 5.8 per game. Its 228 total badists are three times greater than those of Brown and Chuma Okeke, the closest.

Without Okeke, they are the keys to defeating Virginia, either by playing her quick game of slowing it down to take away possessions.

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