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  1. Anyone know why our dugout folks were wearing pink t-shirts? Were we doing something for breast cancer?
  2. I live in Memphis so I watched the Emoni Bates drama play out this year. There were some injury issues, but there's also no question that early in the season there were significant locker room issues at least some of which revolved around Bates. He also just didn't play well when he was on the floor. Appears to me that the expectations put on the kid have hurt him, both in terms of what fans expect from him & but even more in what his people (i.e., family, advisors, etc.) want for him (namely a huge NBA contract). The result is a ton of pressure on him. I feel for him, but I'm also not clear that he is able to contribute well to a team concept right now. Watching him & watching Jabari was night & day.
  3. I think you may be right that there won't be much of a crowd there, which is too bad because Auburn people usually support A-Day well (& some years very well). I've been glad to read that Harsin has listened & has worked to re-set relationships with his players, but I'm disappointed in what I perceive to be little effort to re-connect with the fan base. After a 5-game losing streak, discouraging recruiting results, & the kerfuffle in January, there seems to be little excitement among the Family. I would have thought that spring practice leading to A-Day was an opportunity to re-charge Auburn people, but the news & stories from spring ball have been slim pickings. I live in Memphis & I can tell y'all that there's been something from Kiffen & Heupel at least 3 times a week, often more than that. And it was more than "we're trying to be more consistent." This spring practice time in Auburn has struck me as just boring, which was not what we needed right now. Or maybe I should say it wasn't what I needed or was hoping for.
  4. I'd be curious to hear from those of you who know the Xs & Os of basketball well. Earlier in the season we had a lot of success with what I think of as "pick & roll" plays, mainly Wendell to Walker. I think after the Kentucky game Bruce called what we were doing a "double high stack" (or something close to that). We beat Kentucky solidly doing that. We also came back to beat St. Louis doing it, & used it a lot in other games. And then we didn't. I've assumed defenses took that away from us, but now I'm asking from those of you who know these things if my assumption is on target? And if it is, then I'm wondering if there's no way to counter what defenses were doing, or were we just dead in the water when they took 1 of our best offensive sets away? I'll hang up & listen.
  5. I think the comments about inexperience & lack of swagger are really on target. And the 2 are probably not unrelated. In the 2019 Final 4 (the year we were there), I believe there wasn't a single one-and-done among the 4 teams. In last year's Final 4 there was one (the kid at Gonzaga). One key to a deep run in the tournament is great team play which is the result of guys having played multiple years together. Consider Bryce, Jared, Anfernee, etc., on our Final 4 team. Or Baylor & Gonzaga last year. Or Villanova the year they won. (I could mention Virginia here, but I just can't bear to do so even now.) Guys who've played multiple years together are also (by definition) experienced. And likely to have some swagger. All these things are related. So, when I think about these things I find that it's remarkable that we had the season we had with essentially a brand new team. What I hope is that Bruce can draw on these things with the guys who return next year, add the right new pieces, & thus build toward a deeper run next year & perhaps an even deeper run the year after. That's what I hope. But with the portal, all of that seems even harder now. But I hope.
  6. I'm surprised no one is talking about Kessler not playing virtually at all in the 2nd half (of course foul trouble kept him out of the 1st half, but that wasn't the issue in the 2nd half). Neither did Cardwell. I don't remember any time during the season when neither of those guys played. Anybody got a sense of what was going on there? My sister was at the game & said that during 1 time out in the 2nd half (maybe the under 16) Jabari was up in Kessler's face (after the 2nd time they both failed to hit put backs). I'm not sure Kessler played after that. Just so odd. All season folks said we might have the best front court in the country, but tonight Kessler played 6 minutes & Jabari had his worst game. Beyond that, when I saw the ages & years of experience of the Miami guys before the game, I thought, "Uh oh." There have been a number of games when I thought our youth & immaturity really showed, & tonight was 1 of them. Bruce said before that we panicked in past games, & we clearly did so tonight. In the past it was primarily our guards, but tonight I thought it was more the front court which is our strength. How many missed put backs? How many rushed shots on Jabari's part? The guards weren't great, of course, but the strength of our team was awful tonight. So, a disappointing end to a good season. I expect growth & maturity from our guards heading into next season. And I hope Bruce can mine the portal like he did for this year. War Eagle!
  7. I just didn't understand all the love Kentucky got from so many analysts. I'm thinking they saw the Kansas game when UK punked them on their home floor & thought "great team!" But they didn't play like that often. I had them winning today of course but not going far. I decided I'd rather lose the family bracket challenge than pick them to go deep in the tournament. I'm sure the meltdown in Big Blue country right now is epic! Couldn't happen to a nicer fan base!
  8. The thing I keep returning to is our worst loss of the season was 6 points. As poorly as we've played at times on offense (I described the 1st half against TAMU as "hideous" last week), our worst losses of the season were 6 points. We don't need major changes. We need to hit just a few more shots. And/or we need Jabari to take more shots (my totally non-expert opinion). I also think we've shown that we can adjust. At Ark & Fla the primary offensive problem was turnovers. We've cut down on those. So if we can eliminate some of the poor shots, hit a couple more of the open shots, & get Jabari a few more shots, we can make a lot of noise in the next weeks.
  9. And to think I was mad because we weren't a lock for a 1 seed after winning the best conference in the country. We'll have trouble winning the 2-15 match up playing like this.
  10. Am I remembering correctly that A & M isn't a deep team? I'm hope I'm right. I hope their guys had to play most of the minutes in an OT game today.
  11. I'm delighted for the win & for holding the regular season championship outright. I really hated leading for the regular season championship most of the way & then having to share it at the end with UT in 2018, so I'm glad to be THE champs this time. I mostly enjoyed the 1st 31 minutes of this game today. But I did not enjoy it from the time we got the 19 point lead to the end. As we've shown before, we have not yet learned to have the proverbial "killer instinct" when we get a lead. We seem to let up rather than bearing down. I hope Bruce will be able to show the guys lots of film of poor play with a lead that allowed our opponent back into a game that we had in hand. If the opponent makes excellent plays to come back, so be it. But we help them out too often. I fear that'll bite us in the tournament. Ok, with that off my chest... LOVE WINNING THE CHAMPIONSHIP!!
  12. I listened to Andy's interview with Bruce after the game last night. He used the word "panic" for what we did in the 2nd half. I'd say it's not the 1st time, but it reminded me of what a couple of posters have been reminding us all during the past few weeks, which is how young this team is. In addition, they remind us, our sophomores didn't play before true road crowds last year because of Covid. So, what I found encouraging last night is that we pulled ourselves out of the panic & "free fall" before the last 90 seconds of the game. Truthfully, when they went up by 5, I had visions of the lead soon being 10. But that didn't happen. We crawled back in it & put ourselves in position to win in OT. I'm hoping that's a really good step forward for our young players. And I hope during the OT that KD found whatever he'd misplaced about his game & doesn't lose it again! What I continue not to understand is why we don't use Jabari better so that a dip in scoring doesn't become a free fall. I read an article from the MSU side of things which said Jabari had 14 points in the 1st half with 0 missed shots, but he didn't score a basket in the 2nd half until the 6 minute mark. If that's accurate (I didn't check), then that's just dumbfounding. He likely took a couple of shots & missed prior to then, but I remember so many possessions during the time they were chewing up our lead that Jabari didn't even touch the ball. Personally I think he ought to at least touch the ball every single possession when he's on the floor.
  13. Last week after a frustrating loss to Florida, a couple of posters helped me gain perspective about that loss, & I appreciated it. So, I thought I'd try to be a "perspective" person today about the UT loss. The stats from the UT game are really abysmal & there's nothing I or anyone can say to make that not so. We got outrebounded by 23. Went 5-25 from 3. Had a 10 minute stretch without a field goal (sheesh, how does that even happen when we have Kessler & Jabari?). Got 5 points from the bench. Blew another 11-point, 2nd-half lead on the road. I think I read that the rest of the team outside of Jabari & KD made 5 baskets. That's. Just. Awful. And yet... we lost by 5! We did all those things poorly on the road & lost by 5! The point is that we don't have to do radical things to win these games! If we only get outrebounded by 18, if Wendell goes 4-15 instead of 2-15, if the entire rest of the team not named Jabari or KD gets 3 more baskets... What that says to me is how good we actually are. Of course that's what makes losing those games so frustrating. But it's also fixable. I watched Gonzaga lose by 10 last night. Arizona lost by 16 to an unranked team. Those are the 2 teams that were ahead of us. We played poorly & lost by 5. My fellow Aubies, this team is special & can still be even more special! Here's hoping we start at the Hump on Wednesday!
  14. Counting on you, Wendell! Figure it out & come through for Auburn like we've seen you can!
  15. I was about to post something similar! Just stop it! If I was Bruce I'd tell them no more, that they've lost the right to do that!
  16. I listened to Bruce. He said Jabari & KD played well today but no one else. If we'd just had a 3rd guy play well we'd have been in a good spot, but no. 5 bench points. Remember when he used to say "my 10 will beat your 10?" Man, where did that go?
  17. 2nd week in a row when we've had an 11 point lead on the road & did things to give the momentum back to the home team. Last week it was turnovers. Today it was bad shots & turnovers (we had fewer of them but 3 in a row at 1 point during their run to re-gain the lead), & also that stretch of plays when Jabari got a T. If the home team makes great plays to get the momentum back, ok. But we've helped them get it back 2 weeks in a row. I would love for us to have said after last Saturday that we weren't going to do that again, that we'd learn from it. Maybe twice will drive it home to us that we have to play smarter & tougher if we want to make a tournament run. Don't know what to say about Wendell's shooting. You'd think 1 of those 3s would go in just by luck. We got 5 points from the bench. And Kessler had 8 points, 5 rebounds. Looked to me like their bigs played harder than Kessler today. Somebody who knows more than me may disabuse me of that notion. Bottom line is that was a disappointing final 12 minutes today, just like last week. Poop!
  18. I appreciate this perspective friend. Thanks for your reminders & analysis. War Eagle!
  19. Cole, I appreciate you saying we're going to be fine given what you know about BB. If we indeed learn, & if we can get past this shooting slump, then we will be fine indeed. The Final 4 team was sucking about this time in their season. We lost an ugly game at home to Ole Miss, then got destroyed by Kentucky at Rupp. And then we didn't lose again until UVa double dribbled. 1 difference is the 2019 team wasn't in contention for the regular season championship.. I, for 1, will just be sick if we don't win the regular season championship this season after leading the whole time. Consequently, today's loss really stings for me.
  20. Here's what frustrates me. We played an awful 1st half but managed to only be down a point (& had 3 chances to take the lead but didn't get even shots off due to TOs & that horrid play just before half). I thought how we'd played poor 1st halves in other games & then came out & played a really good 2nd half. And that's how we began the 2nd half. For the 1st 10-11 minutes we not only played good ball but actually took control of the game, had momentum, were playing smart, looking confident. I thought, "this is my team!" So, we have a 6 point lead & the ball, & Cambridge made that terrible pass for another TO which led to a Florida 3 which turned all the momentum back in their favor. A 10-2 run later they've regained the lead, & I'm not sure we ever got the lead back. That's the kind of mistake you just can't make on the road. And that's the kind of play we weren't making earlier. We have to show more poise & smarts than that. Oh yeah, & we have to hit some shots!
  21. I particularly appreciate your last 4 sentences as describing where I am with the program also. I would add that I'd feel much better about a drastic culture change leading to lots of guys leaving if Harsin was also bringing in lots of guys who want to join what he's building. But he isn't. Zero signees yesterday. A good but small group on ESD. 5 guys from the portal where we totally whiffed on the OL & WRs we wanted (& need). SC & Ark outdoing us in the portal. SC & Missouri ahead of us in recruiting. That's just ugly. And then on top of that is the coaching drama. Yes, it can turn around. I am pulling for Harsin to be the guy. But I also find myself reaching for the word "demoralized" to describe how I feel about the football program right at this moment. Thank heavens I'm an Auburn fan & not just an Auburn football fan! Love the men's BB team, of course! Love the gymnastics team! Looking forward to softball season with hopes for significant improvement & steps toward another championship run in the near future. Hoping the baseball team will be better. I'm even enjoying the improvement of the women's BB team though it hasn't translated into many SEC wins yet. But Coach J has us moving in a positive direction. And that's my struggle with Harsin--right now I don't see that the football program is moving in a positive direction. As the weeks have passed since halftime of the Miss St game, we've had very few positives to celebrate. And that's become demoralizing.
  22. Since we're looking for positives (& lord knows I'm among those who need something positive for & about the football team), I'll offer this. This time last year Tennessee was an absolute dumpster fire. I live in Memphis where UT is covered closely (lots of UT fans here despite the U of Memphis being primary in the city), & I can tell y'all that it's hard to overstate how bad things were for them. But Heupel has turned things around dramatically, & their fan base is more hopeful about the direction of the program than they've been in a long while. It's not perfect for them or anything, but it's a sea change from where they were a year ago. The point is, it's possible for a coach to turn things around dramatically in a year. So, we can hope it happens for us. Here's something I wonder: Is Harsin aware of how poor morale is among us Aubies? He hasn't given me the impression that he's terribly in tune to such things, but he needs to be.
  23. If Davis does step away from football, then this situation falls back on him, & we'll look less like a program in turmoil (though I agree with the poster who said that Harsin should only have hired a young & unproven coach for OC at Auburn if he was chomping at the bit to have the job, which today's statement does not indicate). On the other hand, if he takes another football job in a couple of weeks, then we look more like a program in turmoil since we've had 2 coordinators in a month "step away from football" only to take other football jobs quickly. Regardless of the truths of the situations, that looks like coaches getting the heck out of dodge, & we look like a program that coaches are running from. Sigh.
  24. I'm just wondering how long it will take for AU students to moon Calipari (i.e., take off their shorts). It'll be so deserved!
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