Auburn Fans Heckle Reporters, Climb Light Poles While Camping Out In Freezing Temps For UK Game

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  • Ahead of Auburn basketball’s game against Kentucky, hundreds of students camped out in freezing temperatures overnight.
  • To keep themselves entertained, they climbed light poles and heckled reporters.
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Auburn basketball is set to host Kentucky today, it will be one of the biggest games in program history. The Tigers, ranked second in the nation, will host the 12th-ranked Wildcats and students spent the night outside of the stadium to get into the game.

Tip-off is at 12:00pm CT on Saturday. Students started lining up at 12:00pm CT on Friday.

As word began to spread, more and more students made their way down to Auburn Arena to set up their home for the night.

And then it started to grow.

Eventually, the tent city received the nickname ‘Pearlville,’ after head basketball coach Bruce Pearl. There are only a few rules.

He went out and thanked his supporters late on Friday night.

Overnight, the crowd only continued to gain momentum.

Temperatures dipped down close to or below freezing, but the spirits stayed high.

Eventually, the sun came up and things began to thaw just a little bit as the students awoke for Game Day.

With daybreak came more students and fans.

As did breakfast.

Even Auburn head football coach Bryan Harsin stopped by to show love.

However, as the excitement of sunrise began to diminish, the students needed something to entertain themselves. In turn, they encouraged one another to climb a light pole in the middle of Pearlville. At first, nobody was successful.

And then one legend (who doesn’t know how to spell pole vs. poll) emerged.

The crowd only continued to grow.

And as the news crews came by, students were relentless, especially if the person reporting was a Kentucky fan.

Doors for the game open at 10:30am for the 12:00pm tip. Surely, the warmth (and a little boot liquor) will do a great service to the dedicated fans who are about to create one of the most raucous environments that we will see this year.