KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s no secret Charles Barkley loves his alma mater. While covering the 2019 March Madness tournament — specifically when Auburn plays — Barkley’s seat is frequently decked out in blue and orange, with stuffed tigers and a flag draped over the anchor desk.
When Auburn took Kentucky to task Sunday, March 31, upsetting the two-seed team in overtime and winning 77-71, Barkley became visibly emotional. His co-hosts egged him on, telling him to “let it out” and saying he was crying over the victory.
This is the first time in the university’s history the team — which Barkley spent three years playing for during the 1980s — has advanced to the Final Four.