Hey everyone. I just got back from the Auburn/Georgia basketball game in Athens, a game which the Tigers won by twelve points. We raced out to a hot start in the first half:
Moments later, the score would be 38-9. The rout was on.
The basketball Auburn played in the first half was the best I've ever seen Auburn play. Granted, I've only followed Auburn basketball since 2003, but this was way better than the crap I usually have to sit through. The only time I can remember seeing Auburn play nearly this well was the second half against Alabama at home my senior year, in which we turned a 1-point halftime deficit into a 24-point rout. Korvotney Barber was a beast on the boards. Tay Waller nailed three after three after three. They made the extra passes. They knew when to pass and when to shoot. They hit their shots. They played great defense. I actually thought to myself "Man, maybe I've been wrong about Jeff Lebo. Maybe he is finally turning the program around!"
Then the second half happened.
I wasn't surprised that the team came out a little flat after running the Bulldogs out of their own building in the first half. You can't realistically expect a team that led 45-19 at the half to come out and put together another half like that. However, I also didn't expect we'd see the lead shrink to six either. The fact that we let Georgia get to within 6 with 4 minutes to play should give Lebo enough material to preach at his team this week.
I think this game reminded me alot of last season's Alabama-Georgia football game. In the first half, Alabama could do no wrong, and Georgia could do no right. By halftime, the outcome was never in doubt, but the Dawgs never quit. In a similar manner to that game, tonight's game saw the Dawg crowd, who was mostly silent from about 5 minutes into the game, come alive in the last 5-10 minutes of the game.
If we had managed to lose this game, after leading by 29 points, this post would be a call for Lebo's head. As it stands, I still think he's not that great of a head coach, but he has a senior-laden team in a young conference.
All that being said, I'm satisfied that we won in Athens. War Eagle!