It’s Time for Auburn to Roll the Dice on Bruce Pearl

By Posted on: March 17th, 2014 in Basketball 8 Comments »

pearlEverywhere you turn these days, it’s all about Bruce Pearl. Can Auburn get him? Will Auburn take a chance on him? But what’s the real story behind the colorful former Tennessee coach? What do we really know about him?

Most importantly, he led a down-and-out Tennessee program to six straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Auburn has been to eight total in its history. He’s the second fastest coach to 300 wins in NCAA history.

Prior to Tennessee, he won a Division II national title at Southern Indiana and then followed that up with two NCAA Tournament appearances while at Milwaukee.

But more than a winning record, Pearl brings excitement. The only thing worse than Tony Barbee on the court, was talking to him off it. He never connected with the students or alumni. There’s little evidence he even tried. He likely will be remembered as the worst Auburn basketball coach in the modern era.

Auburn needs excitement.

That won’t be a problem with Pearl who was almost always the most popular guy on campus. Whether it was painting himself orange or mugging for pictures with fans during football season. Hiring Bruce Pearl would guarantee a full Auburn Arena.

What are the risks?

How ironic that Dave Didion, the NCAA investigator who spearheaded the Pearl case at Tennessee, is now Auburn’s associate athletic director for compliance. Auburn’s pursuit of Pearl will likely come down to Didion’s recommendation.

In a column last week, Birmingham News columnist Kevin Scarbinsky wrote that there may be “more to that story that makes hiring Pearl less objectionable than many people might think.” He didn’t provide more detail.

Pearl was found guilty by the NCAA of inviting a high school recruit and his family to a cookout at his Knoxville home while the player was on an un-official visit. According to reports, Pearl acknowledged that the recruit should not be there, but rather than ask him to leave, encouraged those present to keep silent.

When questioned by the NCAA, Pearl reportedly lied about the gathering and it all went downhill from there. Ultimately, Pearl was fired by Tennessee and given a three-year show-cause penalty by the NCAA that remains in effect until August 23rd.

Auburn is known for having one of the top compliance departments in the country. This should ease any fears it has about giving Pearl a second chance. Besides, what does the program have to lose?

Auburn has arguably the worst program in the SEC and among the worst in major college basketball. Its new arena has done nothing to boast its stature.

Speaking with athletic director Jay Jacobs before the BCS National Championship, ESPN radio personality Colin Cowherd jokingly told Jacobs that he had no clue who the Auburn basketball coach was and couldn’t pick him out of a lineup.

That sums up the program now. Auburn’s not bringing in a top notch coach without some warts. Its only option is to take a chance on Pearl or give another up and comer a shot and hope he doesn’t turn out like Barbee.

I’m tired of being irrelevant. I have no illusions of being Kentucky, but one appearance in the tournament since 2003 is not going to cut it.

Roll the dice. Give Bruce Pearl a second chance.

What do we have to lose?

Auburn Dismisses Basketball CoachTony Barbee

By Posted on: March 12th, 2014 in Basketball, News 16 Comments »
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Auburn lost to South Carolina 74-56 tonight in the South Eastern Conference Tournament to end another losing season in the SEC. A short time later AD Jay Jacobs announced that Head Coach Tony Barbee would not be returning for a fifth year.

Barbee was 49-75 overall and 18-51 in his four years in the SEC. It was  the second-worst conference winning percentage (26.5 percent) in Auburn program history. The last time the Tigers were that bad was in the 1946-47 season.

Jacobs said that while he was grateful for what Barbee had tried to build on The Plains, it was just time to move on.

“We made an incredible investment in basketball, and certainly appreciate those players, particularly the seniors, who kept fighting.” (But) “I believe we should compete for championships in men’s basketball. It’s time for somebody else to have a turn. We need to find somebody to come in here and take what we have here now and put some more in and compete for SEC titles.”

Jacobs said the search for a new coach would begin immediately.

Auburn’s Major Sport Head Coaches.

By Posted on: March 6th, 2014 in Baseball, Basketball, Football 6 Comments »
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Where do they stand?
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     War Eagle, everybody. Fat Tuesday has come and gone, and it’s the season for giving things up. Frankly, I’m for giving up cold and ice threats, and trading in for storms, bugs and the stink of blooming Bradford pear trees. Spring football just can’t get here fast enough! So, which of Auburn’s Big Three sports head coaches would you be willing to give up for Lent?

     For Auburn fans, much is right with the world when the football team wins championships. Head football coach Gus Malzhan’s job is safe after leading Auburn to a “worst to first” SEC Title in his first season. Time will tell if success is sustainable. Remember, Terry Bowden won his first 20 games at Auburn.

     The Tiger football team scored a victory of sorts yesterday, as the NCAA Rules committee tabled a proposed “ten second rule” aimed at slowing down hurry-up offenses. Despite frantic lobbying by Nick Saban and Bret Bielema, I think wiser heads prevailed. While the debate is hardly over, college football fans are safe from this rule for this year, at least.

     Nick Saban reached for new levels of ridiculousness in the argument this week, comparing hurry-up offenses to smoking cigarettes. So Nick, you’re the self-appointed Surgeon General of the NCAA now? And I suppose you have peer-reviewed studies linking the hurry-up to cancer? No? I will give Saban credit for having his fall guy Bret Bielema ready just in case.

 

     A week ago, I cautiously spoke to minimal improvements in Auburn’s mens basketball program, what I thought were Tiger chances of reaching the post-season and saving head coach Tony Barbee’s job. Since that piece, the Tigers have imploded. First, the Tigers bricked a double-digit loss to a bad Alabama team, then was blown out at home on Senior Night by Tennessee.

     The Vols took leads of 10-0, 22-4, 27-6, and posted a 44-20 halftime lead, en route to an 82-54 win. Tony Barbee now has 50 SEC losses in just 4 seasons, and took a 28 point beating on his home floor against a team that was just 4-8 on the road. On top of that, Barbee walked out of his post-game press conference after being asked about his job security. Stick a fork in him. He’s done. All that remains this season is a road loss to Texas A&M, and an early exit from the SEC tourney. Even if Barbee is kept on, he loses 4 seniors and will be starting from scratch again next season.

     Auburn baseball woes continue with a 4-3 loss to Alabama in the Capital City Classic. A throwing error gave the Tide the winning run, but the real story was that Auburn only managed 3 hits in the entire game, against a very mediocre 6-5 Crimson Tide team.

     Auburn’s baseball record stands at 5-5, and the tough SEC season is just starting. The lightning rod for criticism thus far has been new head coach Sunny Golloway. I’ll give the man this. He’s not shy about speaking his mind. He’s still insisting that Auburn will make it to the college world series in Omaha this season. I’m betting that he’s seen a UFO or two, and has spotted Bigfoot, too.

     Golloway has shaken the team up with some dismissals and demotions, and most folks agree that the team’s effort has improved. Were these things wisely handled, as Golloway tossed them out into the court of public opinion? I’m not so sure, but I would rather have a coach that tells it like he thinks it is, rather than say, the “good practices this week and things of that nature” we got from a former football coach on a weekly basis while the program was free-falling off the cliff.

     I like a coach who tries to educate his fans. Golloway has repeated that his batters are taking too many called third strikes. That’s a legitimate strategy point, although a bit of a simplistic statement. If guys always swing when the count’s at two strikes, the pitcher will throw it in the dirt every time at that juncture. Galloway preaches being aggressive, and I think he’s right on that score. College baseball has become a pitching and fielding game, after the rules committee dumbed-down the bats a few years back. You’ve got to get runs any way you can. Gone are the days of the 19-17 home-run derby.

     I’m looking forward to the tales of spring football! Auburn has a lot of talent and momentum returning, but there are some areas of concern, as with any team this time of year. I think the biggest area of concern will be the defensive secondary. Jermaine Whitehead and Jonathan Mincy are proven winners. Everyone else healthy on the roster saw action mainly in the second half against teams like Western Carolina and Florida Atlantic. Auburn will be trying to develop some pass defenders, with Marshall and Johnson throwing rockets at them. Should be very interesting!

     Other areas of interest include the defensive line, linebacker, and special teams. Auburn must replace three defensive linemen who took part in the recent Pro Day, but there is a stockpile of depth returning. Who’ll come out on top, and will they be as slow this year to make noise as last year’s group was?

     Auburn must replace Cody Parkey and Steven Clark, who were pretty stellar performers during their careers kicking the ball at Auburn. Will the newcomers struggle, or be stars? How does Auburn replace suddenly-superstar Chris Davis in the return game? Quite honestly, I think the linebacker questions are mainly about depth. I think Frost, McKinzy and Therezie will be good SEC-caliber defenders. Who’ll give them meaningful relief off the bench?

The Auburn Bruisers.

By Posted on: February 27th, 2014 in Basketball 7 Comments »
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Should Tony Barbee get another year?
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     War Eagle, everybody! I decided to watch a little Auburn basketball tonight on my DVR, and I think a cage match broke out. At home in Auburn Arena, Auburn took out the trash and decked South Carolina 83-67. A 16 point win at home against a team that’s 3-12 in the SEC is not too much to crow about, but Auburn continued their physical ways. South Carolina tried to beat Auburn at their own game, and a foul-fest ensued. The teams combined for 60 free throw attempts, with Auburn getting 35 of those.

     About the only place where South Carolina came out ahead was in the rebound department, clearing 36 rebounds to Auburn’s 25. However the Gamecocks negated that advantage by turning the ball over 20 times to just 11 for Auburn. While elbows, hacking, charging, and a couple of technical fouls on Auburn were the order of the day, the real story was Auburn outshooting the Gamecocks. Auburn hit 52 percent from the floor, while South Carolina was just 40 percent.

     Chris Denson led the way on the scoreboard with 22 points for the Tigers, going 8 for 11 from the floor. The Tigers led by as much as 20 in this game, before surviving a late run by the Gamecocks. The Tigers improved to 13-13 on the season, and 5-10 in the SEC. There’s certainly a sense of optimism and perseverance on this team. Auburn has remaining regular season games at Alabama, Tennessee at home, and at Texas A&M. The Vols are the biggest challenge left on the schedule at 17-11, 8-7 in the SEC. However, the Vols have been pretty abysmal on the road, going just 4-8. Alabama and Texas A&M will be at home against the Tigers, and Auburn has won just one game away from Auburn Arena this year, at South Carolina.

     Still, Auburn could win their remaining three games, and finish the regular season at 16-13. Would that be enough to save head coach Tony Barbee’s job? It can be argued that in year four, he’s a long way from what previous coach Jeff Lebo accomplished in his fourth season. Lebo’s 4th season included a 24-12 record, including 10-6 in the SEC. That team went 1-1 in the SEC tourney, then won 2 games in the NIT. Barbee hasn’t even been close to a post-season appearance. In the SEC, Barbee has gone 4-12, 5-11, 3-15. and this year 5-10 thus far in the SEC. Lebo was let go in early 2010 following a 15-17, 6-10 season.

     Jeff Lebo’s five-year, regular season SEC record was 31-49. Currently, Barbee is 17-46 in three-plus seasons. It’s possible he could equal Lebo’s 49 SEC losses in one less year, should Auburn fail to win one of the last three games. To top it off, this year’s team isn’t a scrappy team that wins a game here and there with less talent. This is a team with some legitimate SEC scorers, that wins by outshooting and outhustling teams, when it isn’t shooting itself in the foot. I’d argue that Barbee has brought in better talent, but he’s not getting the wins out of them that Lebo did. Seeing Lebo coach this current bunch would be interesting. He was a schemer, that Lebo. It would be even more interesting to see what Cliff Ellis would have accomplished with them. Auburn hasn’t been the same since Ellis was fired by Interim Jackass Ed Richardson.

     That said, I’d like to see how this team closes the season out. I cringe at the fouls this team commits, but then again they sometimes remind me of the late 1980s “Bad Boys” Detroit Pistons teams. That team would hurt folks. They knew exactly how many fouls they had to give, and if you took the ball into the lane against them, you’d better have your insurance premiums paid up.

     I think it’s possible that Barbee stays on, if he beats Bama in Tuscaloosa this Saturday. The game’s at 2:00 PM in Coleman Coliseum. Bama’s coach Anthony Grant is fighting for his job, too, and it won’t be an easy game. Tide fans are not happy. I think I saw a “dumpster fire edition” post about Bama basketball over at RBR a couple of days ago. Just beat Bama, baby! For me, if we’re beating Bama, all is right with the world!

     In the more realistic terms the powers that be are going to be considering, I think Barbee needs to win at least three more games this season, to survive. Whether these are the last three of the regular season, or he gets them in the SEC tournament and/or postseason, I don’t think he can survive even a 14-17 finish. A win over Bama would help, but alone it won’t matter if he finishes the regular season 14-16, and gets dumped from the SEC tourney in the first round. A paltry crowd of just 4434 folks watched this one, well less than half capacity. The Tigers need to put more seats in the stands, plain and simple.

Thursday Ramblings.

By Posted on: February 20th, 2014 in Baseball, Basketball, Football 12 Comments »
Bleak Midwinter

We’re in the bleak midwinter.
(Photo by Acid Reign.)

     War Eagle, everybody. A long offseason continues, but there is a bit of a light at the end of the tunnel. Snow and ice have given way to thunderstorms and short sleeves here in the Deep South. Auburn football players have begun the dreaded mat drills in their off-season workout regime. This means Spring Drills and A-Day are just around the corner!

     For me, this is a week for idle thinking, and I’ll share a few thoughts on Auburn-related items. First off, I guess I’ve got to weigh in on the “ten second hold-up” rule being proposed this spring by the NCAA Rules Committee. As we now know, this whole rule change is one being pushed by two dissatisfied, frightened SEC West coaches, and was not on the NCAA’s agenda. It turns out that Nick Saban invited himself to the the rules committee meeting, and was not a planned attendee. Bret Bielema claims to be representing the interests of American Football Coaches Association, but not a single other coach will admit to supporting Bielema. Hmmm…

     I don’t get it. The refs we have now can’t even tell if the game clock has run out, or needs one second put back on, without instant replay. They are now supposed to signal the ball, “ready for play,” but not really, for ten seconds? They are already holding up the ball when the offense substitutes, to allow the defense to follow suit. How much more time does the defense need? Offenses usually run a few shifts and motions before the snap, and probably a meer-cat to the sideline, anyway. I think it’s pretty rare for a team to snap it before ten seconds are up. Saban and Bielema have made themselves the poster children for “whiney,” and there’s no real benefit to them even if the absurd rule were to pass! I chuckled at the news this week that Saban was considering being involved in a Mercedes dealership in Birmingham. What, coaches? Lobbying for “American football,” and selling German cars? That’s rich! How many times did we watch those Saban “Ford Tough” commercials last fall? Let the buyer beware.

     Speaking of football, Auburn will start spring drills on March 18th. Checking the calendar, that’s a mere 26 days away! Can we wait that long? A-Day will be played at 2:00 PM Central Time on April 19th. Auburn’s A-Day this year will be televised on ESPN. Here’s hoping the Tigers can entertain another massive crowd like last year, with the nation watching!

     Even though Auburn’s once again mired with a losing SEC basketball record at 4-9, I do have to give embattled head coach Tony Barbee some credit. His guys have usually played hard, if not well. I finally got a chance to watch a complete game last Saturday against Mississippi State, and I’ve seen the highlights of last night’s close loss to number two Florida. The biggest negative about Barbee’s style is that his players seem to be continually daring the refs to call fouls. The MSU game was an absolute free-throw fest last Saturday. As the home team, Auburn got a few more calls, and pulled out a ten point victory.

     Against Florida, Barbee was whining about Auburn allowing 12 offensive rebounds. Coach, when you lob up as many long range shots as Auburn does, offensive rebounds will happen. That ball can kick out to anywhere when you miss a three point shot. What was painful about the loss to Florida was that Auburn had the game tied at 66 with 20 seconds left, and could have forced Florida to try to make a shot to win. It wasn’t a great night for Florida shooters, who only hit 40 percent from the floor. Instead, Auburn immediately was called for a blatant grab right in front of the ref, and sent the Gators to the free throw line. Following the successful Florida free throws, Auburn could not inbound the ball because all four guys on the floor took off, and there was no one to throw the ball inbounds to. Coaching, folks. Coaching. Twenty four games into the season, and Auburn can’t even inbound the ball with the game on the line.

     I think it’s going to be another long baseball season at Auburn, also. Auburn began their home season yesterday by being shelled by FCS opponent Alabama State, 9-3. ASU is actually a pretty good FCS team, and they played error-free ball. Not so for the Tigers. The game got away on two errors in the 8th, while the Hornets were hitting balls to the wall. What’s ominous is that these pitchers are going to be expected to get SEC batters out. Worse is that the Tiger team batting average stands at a meager .217 for the season. It’s going to be a battle to stay out of last place. About the only thing going for the Tigers is that this is head coach Sunny Galloway’s first year. But coach, talking trash about playing in Omaha while giving up 9 runs to Alabama State just makes you look bad. Man, the game has changed. I remember college baseball for the “clonk” of aluminum bats, and run totals in the teens for both teams, not .217 batting averages!

     On a lighter note, I had a chuckle yesterday evening when I read this piece from our old friend Jerry Hinnen, formerly of the Joe Cribbs Carwash and the War Eagle Reader. Apparently Oklahoma’s compliance department turned in a some secondary violations for three players for being provided “pasta in excess of the permissible amount allowed.” The players each were required to cough up $3.83 to be reinstated. There’s a “pasta allowance” in the NCAA rules? Who knew?

Auburn Basketball Breaks Streak Over Pachyderm’s back, Beat Bama 74 55! – (Malzahn receives Iron Bowl Trophy)

By Posted on: January 30th, 2014 in Basketball 8 Comments »
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            Auburn players celebrate win over Bama with the student section. (photo:Julie Bennett,al.com)

Chris Denson and KT Harrell scored a combined 55 points tonight to help Auburn end their losing streak and defeat arch rival Alabama. The two Auburn guards matched the total points scored by the Tide as the Tigers broke the streak over the Pachyderms backs with a 19 point blow out 74-55 victory.

Auburn has had five close SEC losses this season – all coming in the last couple of minutes. However, it didn’t come down to the last few minutes this time as the Tigers dominated Bama, jumping out to a 12-0 lead right out of the gate.

Chris Denson had a career evening pouring in 32 points on the night; and he and Harrell pulled down 18 rebounds to boot. Bama was never in the game. It was a truly great way to end the team’s losing streak, especially coming against the Tide.

The highlight of the night came when Football Coach Gus Malzahn along with the team received the Foy-ODK Sportsmanship Trophy for winning this year’s Iron Bowl. The team was given a standing ovation by a full house.

-gallery2zip-80228b4881d863e8jpg-34b423809e4f50a0 - Julie BennetGus Malzahn told the fans, “I’m here to tell you, this trophy, it’s going to be around here a while. War Eagle!” His speech was 38 seconds, which was 37 seconds longer than it took to beat Bama back in November.

Traditionally the SGA president of the losing school in the Iron Bowl is present to sing the winning school’s alma mater during the trophy presentation. However, Alabama’s SGA president, Jimmy Taylor, was said to not be able to make the trip due to weather conditions. Not sure about that one myself. But hey, I wouldn’t have wanted to be there either … not after the 34-28 gut wrenching loss Bama suffered two months ago today.

His absence didn’t take away from the celebration though as the fans and the players sang the fight song together.

The victory over the Pachyderms brings Auburn’s overall record to 9-9 and 1-6 in the SEC while the Tide fell to 9-11 overall and 3-4 in the league. What a great night … Our trophy comes back home and the Tide suffers an embarrassing 19 point whipping. You can’t ask for much more than that.

War Eagle!

Auburn Looks to Win Barbee’s 2nd Iron Bowl of Basketball

By Posted on: January 29th, 2014 in Basketball, Featured Article 12 Comments »
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Cam Newton celebrates Auburn Basketball’s last win over Alabama. (photo: Albert Cesare,Opelika Auburn News)

February 6th, 2013 Auburn’s leading scorer Frankie Sullivan missed his first 11 shots against Alabama and the Tigers trailed at the half 23-13. But Auburn overcame the deficit to win The Iron Bowl of Basketball 49-37.

It was the last time Auburn won an SEC game.

Tomorrow night Auburn will have a chance to repeat that winning performance as the two arch rivals will go at it at 7:30 p.m. in the Auburn Arena. The game was scheduled for tonight but inclement weather has caused it to be rescheduled for Thursday right after the Women’s 5:00 p.m. game against Texas A&M; it will be the second part of a doubleheader.

It’s been a long 12 months since Auburn celebrated their last conference victory. The Tigers (8-9, 0-6 SEC) have lost 21 of their last 22 regular-season SEC games including 16 games in a row – a school record. The SEC record for most consecutive conference losses is 22, set by Alabama between 1968-1970.

Despite having the SEC’s leading scoring tandem in Chris Denson and KT Harrell, Auburn has lost six straight this year. Although the Tigers have been competitive up to the last couple of minutes in most of those contest, they have yet to secure a conference victory.

For some reason, Auburn always seem to struggle at the foul line but the biggest problem, as of late, has been a failure of the rest of the team to help Denson and Harrell offensively. The bench in particularly has been almost absent in production with a low point of a 0 for 28 performance coming in a 82-74 loss to Mississippi State.

The Tigers really struggled in their last outing against Arkansas, shooting only 36 percent and losing by nineteen 86-67. With a third of the SEC season in the books, Coach Tony Barbee said his team needs to, “Play with confidence and focus and poise down the stretch.” That’s a hard thing to do when your 0-16 and haven’t been able to make a shot in the last couple of minutes of five close games.

ODKtrophyThe Tigers can’t do anything about those 16 loses but they can do something about ending the streak. They can beat Alabama!

The Tide (9-10- 3-3 SEC) comes into the game not much better off, currently tied with three other teams for fifth place in the Western Division. However, they did look good in overcoming a 19 point deficit to defeat LSU in their last outing.

The highlight of the night may come at half time as Coach Malzahn and the football players will be on hand to receive the Foy-ODK Sportsmanship Trophy for the football team’s spectacular win over Alabama in the Iron Bowl.

Hopefully that won’t be the only bright spot of the evening … Maybe the Tigers will end their losing streak with another win over the Tide.

Lets go Tigers! Beat Alabama!

Auburn Basketball Desperate For A Win – (Updated)

By Posted on: January 22nd, 2014 in Basketball, Featured Article 5 Comments »
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                                                                                                 (photo: Julie Bennett. al.com)
 ”Any time you lose it’s disappointing, especially given how hard this team fights, and how hard they fight together,” Auburn Basketball Coach Tony Barbee after his team lost to No.7 Florida, Sunday, 68-61.

It’s no secret the Auburn Basketball Team has struggled the last couple of years. The Tigers have lost 19 of their last 20 SEC games.

Auburn began this year with a respectable 8-3 record but the start of the SEC season has seen the Tigers fall to 8 – 7. Although Auburn is winless in four SEC games, the Tigers have nonetheless played every game close, losing tight contest in the last couple of minutes.

The Tigers have not won an SEC game in 14 tries but they have come ever so close this year. They lost to Missouri by 2, to Ole Miss by 3, to Florida by 7, and trailed Tennessee by 5 with 2 ½ minutes to play before ultimately falling. 

Barbee said this week, “We’re not accepting losing.” That’s a good thing too, because the patience of the Auburn fan base is starting to wear thin. However, he still has a chance to lead his team to a breakout year. He still has an opportunity for this team to do something special. Yet, after four years, time is running out. If he is going to do something, it needs to happen this year.

On the positive side, Auburn does have the league’s leading scoring tandem in Chris Denson and KT Harrell. And the Tigers have fought hard in all four of their SEC losses. Each game seems to have the same story line: The Tigers play tough, keep the score close but can’t make the plays at the end when it matters.

Florida put the game away at the free throw line Sunday and escaped with a victory. While free throws have been a sore spot for Barbee teams, the real Achilles heel this year has been a deficit on the boards. Auburn is 12th in the SEC in rebounding and has been out dueled on the boards by 38 through four conference games. To turn things around, the Tigers have to drastically improve that stat in the remaining 14 games.

Auburn plays Arkansas next Tuesday in the 19,000 seat Bud Walton Arena, one of the toughest venues in college basketball. And the Tigers are on the road tonight to take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs, a team Auburn has defeated only once in their  last 13 meetings.

Having watched the last four years of Coach Barbee’s teams, this writer believes there is a difference with this bunch. These Tigers stay focused, play with intensity, and keep battling all the way to the buzzer. They have been close in each game. Question is when will they get that first SEC win?

Senior forward Allen Payne says the Tigers can’t be satisfied with just battling teams. “At this point, it’s not good enough to do that. We’re desperate for a win right now.” Maybe that win will come tonight in Starkville.

Lets Go Tigers – Beat the Bulldogs!

Updated 1/22/14:
Auburn’s losing streak continued against Mississippi State as the Tigers fell to the Bulldogs 82-74 tonight in Starkville.