Even off the bench, Stretch Akingbola is off to a strong start as a sophomore

Through three games, Bruce Pearl's Tigers are playing some of their best ball when their shot-swatting big man is on the floor.

For most of the preseason, it was assumed that Stretch Akingbola would be the new starting center for Auburn basketball.

But when the lineups for Auburn vs. Saint Joseph’s were announced on Thanksgiving afternoon, Akingbola and fellow center Dylan Cardwell were on the bench. Instead, Bruce Pearl opted for the versatile Jaylin Williams to start at center,…

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