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BASKETBALL

The ladies had an excellent trip to Puerto Rico as they defeated multiple NCAA Tournament teams from last season during the San Juan Shootout. Coach Flo's team is off to a great start for this season, and it's come against some pretty tough foes.

The men absolutely dominated Northwestern State in the second half Friday evening to exorcise the Demons of the 2013 game. 72 points in the second half is quite the feat. No word yet on the status of Tahj Shamsid-Deen after he left the game with another shoulder issue. Hopefully's he's ok, as the team is so much more effective defensively when he's on the court.

FOOTBALL

It always sucks to lose the Iron Bowl. Here's our immediate recap of the game. Then last night I had some late evening thoughts on the game after thinking about it for 24 hours.

So, why did Auburn abandon the running game? Gus and Rhett gave a bit of an explanation after the game. They're reasonable explanations, but given the quarterback play this season, it almost seems like it would have been worth at least giving it a try.

Ricardio Louis had to give credit where it's due for Jason Smith's improbable tipped-ball touchdown. It really did look similar to the 2013 Georgia game, except Smith tipped the ball to himself the whole way.

Jeremy Johnson was asked his thoughts on his future at Auburn, and he didn't give any comment. Personally, I'd be shocked if Johnson is still at Auburn next season. I really hate that it turned out this way. I thought it would be because he was NFL bound over the summer. No one expected what happened this season.

Auburn will be prepping for bowl season, soon, but right now the Tigers are going to turn to recruiting, according to Gus Malzahn. Recruiting has taken a nice bump in the last week when the #1 WR in the nation committed last week, and then this weekend when 247Sports composite 4* DE Nick Coe picked the Tigers. I'll have a bit more on Coe and the recruiting class as a whole today and early this week. For now, just take a gander at who was on the Plains for this weekend's game.