With North Carolina’s loss to Auburn and Kentucky holding on to beat Houston, two SEC teams will square off with a chance to go to the Final 4. USA TODAY
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When Danjel Purifoy caught the ball on the left wing Friday night, steps from the Auburn bench, he heard Bruce Pearl, speaking to him very softly — almost “a whisper,” Purifoy said.
“Stick it,” the Tigers’ coach said.
Next possession, when he found himself with the ball in the same spot, he got the same instruction: “Stick it.” He did.
And then the next possession, too: Same spot. “Stick it.” He did.
“The third one, it