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Coffee and Magnolia: November 18th

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Where a 31-point basketball loss feels significantly better than Saturday's loss

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So if you stayed up for Auburn's midnight tip-off in Boulder, it may be a little too soon for you to want to read much about it. The Tigers lost 90-59.

But buck up lads and lasses. For the first two-thirds of the game it wasn't nearly that ugly, but at one  midway through the second half Auburn missed 17 straight field goals and allowed 24 points in a row. That ballooned the Buffalo lead from five to 29, and, honestly, the game was over less than halfway into that streak. Reigning SEC Player of the Week Cinmeon Bowers had another double-double with 11 points and 13 boards, while KT Harrell led the team in scoring with 20.

Late, late, late last night Clint wrote here about three things we learned from the trip to the mountains.

The women's basketball team fared much better, beating Grambling in the Arena, 92-42. Tra'Cee Tanner led the team with 31 points. Next up for the ladies is Florida Gulf Coast in Auburn on Thursday night, while the men next play against Louisiana-Lafayette on Friday night, also in Auburn.

Now, I have to talk about football.

Monday brought many new batches of bowl projections, with an apparent consensus on the Tigers heading to Florida for either the Outback Bowl, Citrus Bowl or the unfortunately named TaxSlayer Bowl (which from now on I'll refer to as it was once know - the Gator Bowl).

Brandon Marcello wrote at AL.com about this year's group of seniors saying the team's recent slide is not a sign they're going to coast out the rest of the season, as is assumed happened in 2012. CJ Uzomah says the group is determined to finish 2014 strong and show they're a stronger bunch than that 3-9 side two years ago.

A story in the O-A News that is uncredited, though I assume by Alex Byington, discusses the coaching staff and fellow players voicing their support for struggling left tackle Shon Coleman. Uzomah is also quoted in this article, telling the reporter about Coleman's positive reaction in film study of the Georgia game.

In some house-keeping notes, Justin Ferguson at the Ledger-Enquirer wrote about Ellis Johnson's decision to keep Gabe Wright and Montravius Adams on the interior of the D-line, rather than push them out to end, where they were often featured earlier this season.

James Crepea in the Gumptown Advertiser reports that the hope is for Jeff Whitaker and Duke Williams to return this season. Old Man Whitaker could return this weekend from a nerve problem in his back that's held him out for two weeks, while Duke is probably unlikely to play Saturday after reportedly straining his MCL.

Wrapping up this morning, a column from ESPN.com's SEC Blog by Greg Ostendorf discussing the downward trend the Tigers find themselves fighting and tracing its origins to the trip to Starkville.