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January 2018

Riley’s Ramblings: The Loss At Alabama Is Not The End Of The World

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As much as losing to Alabama hurts, it is not the end of the world for the Auburn Basketball team. Wednesday night’s game against the Crimson Tide was complete with terrible ball control, atrocious shooting, poor shot selection at times, and uncharacteristic missed free throws when they mattered most. It’s always bad to lose to Alabama, but Auburn (and their fan base) need to stop dwelling on the loss against Alabama and get ready for a home affair against another rival- Georgia.

 

I understand that the Tigers’ 14 game winning streak being snapped by Alabama will hurt their confidence, but this Auburn team is still a top 25 team and has what it takes to beat a solid Georgia team. First, Auburn needs to work on a few things before Saturday night’s game. Auburn shot under 40% from the field (under 35% from behind the three point line) in Tuscaloosa and a lot of misses in that percentage came from bad shot selection.

 

Another thing that was hard to watch on Wednesday was poor ball control by Auburn. Last week against Ole Miss, Auburn also had a tough take securing the ball as they committed seven turnovers in the first half alone. Luckily, they were able to put together a great second half shooting the ball to erase the 10 point deficit they had at halftime. Against Alabama, it seemed to last the entire game. Auburn finished the game with a whopping 14 turnovers, four of them by Mustapha Heron and three of them by Bryce Brown. Turnovers were a key point in the loss because in case you aren’t aware, turnovers kill momentum. The last complaint from Wednesday’s loss by most Auburn fans was missing free throws. This is extremely uncharacteristic from an Auburn team whose starters are averaging 79.8% from the stripe. With under two and a half minutes Auburn went 6-12 from the line (50%). Just some of those points would have changed the game drastically for the Tigers.

 

That’s a lot of complaining just to say that Auburn needs to get their fundamentals down before the game on Saturday night at Auburn Arena (5:00 tip on SEC Network), especially turnovers and free throws. Fans need to keep in mind that losses are bound to happen in basketball and fundamentals are bound to fall apart with a team that’s nearly completely made up of underclassmen. Once the Tigers’ learn from their mistakes in Tuscaloosa, their talent will take over against Georgia. My key for the game against the Bulldogs will be getting sophomore Mustapha Heron back on track. Heron is an extremely talented shooter that just went 2-7 from the field with five points and four rebounds on Wednesday night. Heron needs to focus on ball security and taking good shots. I see him having a huge bounce back and putting up double digits on Saturday night.

 

Riley Hubbard
ESPN 106.7
rhubbard@aunetwork.com

 

The Drive Podcast 01/18/18

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From Auburn Basketball to Auburn’s decision to hire a new Athletic Director, listen to today’s podcast to find out the latest around Auburn and the SEC: