Friday, January 31, 2014
Barn Blasts Bama, 74-55
This game was originally to be played on Wednesday night, but was postponed to Thursday due to hazardous road conditions. As a result, the only way to see this game was to watch it on ESPN3 with auburn's announcers or attend in person, so I reluctantly made the trip down Highway 280.
I saw exactly what I expected, 2 bad basketball teams with the much more motivated team winning easily at home. They jumped on us 12-0, we battled back and had it down to 5 early in the 2nd half, then auburn answered with a 3, Shannon Hale missed a dunk, we had a few turnovers, the crowd got into it and they never looked back.
auburn only has 2 halfway decent players and they combined for 55 points. It was auburn's first SEC win since they beat us last year. auburn came up with nearly every loose ball. Releford got into early foul trouble so he was on the bench much of the first half. We were out-rebounded again and shot only 14 of 20 from the free throw line. Retin didn't start but was able to play and had a solid game. I thought Algie played well, he drove in and finished about 3 times in a row, but then we never came back to him. Same with Nick Jacobs, when he finally started posting up on the left block where he needs to be, he scored on a couple of possessions in a row, then we stopped looking for him and took him out of the game.
I realize many of you probably weren't able to see the game and might have been hoping for a more comprehensive recap, but I apologize. The losses are starting to take their toll, and I just don't feel like rehashing this one any more than necessary. I'll be happy to answer any specific questions anyone might have.
The weather did not hinder attendance, as the small auburn arena was mostly full. It only holds about 9,000 and there were around 8,500 or so there. I would guess around 500 Bama fans in attendance, most of which were behind the basket to my right. My only complaint is that the side display on the shot clock at the goal in front of us was not working. Their crowd was loud as expected, but we didn't have any problems with anybody.
Up next, the Tennessee Vols come to Tuscaloosa for an 8pm tipoff Saturday night that will be televised on ESPN2. It's a "white out" at Coleman, so wear white to symbolize the way we surrender at every road game this season, and hopefully we will show more fight at home.