After a come from behind victory to defeat Milwaukee, the Auburn Tigers headed to Boulder, Colo. to take on the Buffaloes. Being a part of ESPN’s Tip-Off Marathon is cool, even with a midnight (CT) tip-off. Unfortunately, the game didn’t go as planned for Bruce Pearl and the Tigers, but it did teach us a few things.
Three things we learned tonight:
- This team will fight. Two games in a row I’ve seen this team fight like I haven’t seen in years. Previous teams would’ve hung their head when down a few buckets. Even if the score doesn’t resemble it, these Tigers fought until the end. And that’s something to be proud of.
- Cinmeon Bowers is polarizing. Many fans love him. Many don’t. He does one thing really stupid then returns and does something spectacular. Hopefully he will grow into this system and won’t play so carelessly in the future.
- We miss Antoine Mason. With the lack of depth already on this team, missing a player is huge. And within a two games (exhibition and season opener), Auburn is down two key players. And the impact of losing Mason was felt from the very beginning of the Colorado game. Being down four at halftime felt like we could’ve been up by that many with Mason in.
It wasn’t the prettiest game, but it certainly has a lot to build on. Colorado is a good team. They were basically ranked #27 at the time of the game. We know that this team can come from a deficit down to win, as well as compete with a top team, even for just a half. You’ve got to remember just how new this team is. New to Bruce Pearl. New to each other. Heck, new to Auburn. And we are only two games into the season after all. It’s obvious this team hasn’t gelled well at this point. But I fully expect that to happen.
Auburn takes on Louisiana-Lafayette Friday night at 8 P.M. back home in the Auburn Arena, as well as airing on Fox Sports South. If you get the chance to attend a game this season, you should. This Auburn team will make you proud with how hard they fight. Plus, it’s a Bruce Pearl coached team. What more do you need?