- Bruce Pearl has garnered attention for his animated sideline behavior during March Madness
- Pearl has a long history of working up a sweat when his team plays
- He’s expected to keep it professional and be wearing a jacket when Auburn’s Final Four clash with Virginia ends
The Auburn Tigers have quickly emerged as the feel-good story of this year’s NCAA Tournament. After knocking off college basketball powerhouses Kansas, North Carolina, and Kentucky, the No. 5-seeded Tigers move on their first-ever berth in the Final Four (April 6).
But heading into Saturday’s matchup with #1 Virginia, not all the storylines are focused on their on-court performance. Auburn’s play has been overshadowed at times by their head coach, Bruce Pearl.
Bruce Pearl 😂 pic.twitter.com/oSaSxJ8O7k
— For The Win (@ForTheWin) March 31, 2019
Auburn’s long-time bench boss has captured the limelight with his emotive behavior on the sidelines at this year’s Big Dance, and has at times appeared to barely be able to keep himself from joining the play on the court.
That’s led to some fun Bruce Pearl prop bets.
Will Pearl have his jacket/coat on at conclusion of the game?
|Odds Bruce Pearl has his jacket on when the Virginia game ends||Odds|
|Yes (jacket on)||-700|
|No (jacket off)||+245|
*Odds as of 04/01/19
Soaked in sweat as he guided the Tigers to their thrilling 77-71 overtime win over the Wildcats in the Elite Eight, Pearl caused a stir among fans on Twitter, who have embraced the 59-year-old and his unabashed sideline enthusiasm.
— Take Your Base Sports (@takeyourbasepod) March 31, 2019
It got a little too hot under the collar for Pearl to keep his jacket on the whole time.
Warm Saturday Forecast in Minneapolis
While the city of Minneapolis is forecast to see its warmest weather of the spring on Saturday, coach Pearl is expected to still be keeping it professional at the conclusion of the game, with -700 odds that he will still be wearing his suit jacket or sports coat when the buzzer sounds.
The weather is looking better in Minneapolis for the Final Four on Saturday. There will only be a few showers around during the day, which will have no impact on travel plans. They'll get to 65° in the afternoon with light wind.#KLBK #txwx pic.twitter.com/QI1jP5PDmB
— Nick Kraynok (@Nick_Weather) April 2, 2019
However, a close contest with the Cavaliers, who make their first trip to the Final Four since 1984, could compel Pearl to lose the jacket prior to the end of the game, a circumstance that pays out at an attractive +475.
Will Bruce Pearl change shirts at halftime during the Final Four?
|Odds Pearl changes shirts at halftime||Odds|
|Yes (changes shirt)||+250|
|No (wears same shirt)||-325|
*Odds as of 04/01/19
Working up a sweat on the sidelines has never caused problems for Pearl. With his focus devoted to his team’s performance on the court, and not on his fashion sense, Pearl is not expected to change shirt at halftime (-325) of Saturday’s contest.
Not just a team… a family.
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) March 30, 2019
But don’t be surprised to see the two-time SEC champion struggle once again to contain his emotions following Saturday’s game, with attractive +275 odds of Pearl shedding a tear during a post-game interview with the media.
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