This one is going to be short, at least by my standards, because really, who wants to discuss this game? Most of us knew this was coming, it's better to just move on and forget about it.
I didn't like the gameplan at all, but it really didn't matter what we did in this game, there's just no way to beat auburn on their home court when they shoot 60% from 3 point range.
Still, I thought we should have tried to slow the game down and used our wings in the post like we did in the second half of the m$u game. Our half-court offense has actually been pretty solid, and auburn is not comfortable playing at a slower pace. Instead, it's like we tried to beat them at their own game. We settled for way too many quick perimeter shots, at least when we managed to not turn the ball over first.
Our defense was atrocious. I would have tried a matchup 2-3 zone. I know going zone against a team bombing 3s sounds crazy, but this approach worked some at LSU earlier in the year when they were hot. Auburn had great spacing and was spreading the floor. Since we had to respect their ability to hit 40 foot jump shots, they were able to consistently beat us on the dribble drive and get to the basket. I feel like we could have matched up in a zone to slow the tempo and close out on their shooters.
I thought our guys played with good effort. They didn't throw in the towel down 20 at the half, but chipped away to get it down to 12, but another series of bad turnovers and auburn 3s put the game out of reach for good.
JP had a great game with 18 points, though his 3 turnovers were an issue. Donta just missed his double-double with 8 points and 10 rebounds. We simply did not get him the ball enough, he only took 3 shots this game. He should have been a focal point of the offense, in my opinion. Kira had 13 points and played well other than taking a couple of ill advised shots. I thought 15 minutes of AJ was way too many. Herb is hurting us more than he's helping right now, and he needs some time on the bench in my opinion. His offensive struggles are starting to carry over to the defensive end.
Bruce Pearl is, without question, a fat, sweaty, cheating sleazeball. That being said, he is doing a great thing with his AUTlive campaign raising money for cancer patients and research. Some times bad people are capable of doing good things. I don't like him, at all, but do appreciate his work in this area and think it's worth noting.
Up next, we return to the friendly confines of Coleman Coliseum to take on the Georgia Bulldogs Wednesday night at 8 pm CST. The game will be televised on the SEC network.