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The Final Four is set. USA TODAY Sports’ Scott Gleeson looks toward Saturday’s games featuring Auburn vs. Virginia and Texas Tech vs. Michigan State. USA TODAY Sports

MINNEAPOLIS – Like most teams, Auburn has a routine. The Tigers eat at the same type of restaurant the night before games – Japanese steakhouse – do the same things in warmups, even sit in the same seats on the bus.

So as they traveled to the Final Four on Wednesday, something felt off. The seat normally taken by Chuma Okeke was empty.

“We felt like we were really missing somebody,” guard J’Von McCormick said.  

There is never a good time to lose a

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