I'm not going to go into the three things we learned, tonight. With only three games left in the regular season, there's really not any three particularly new things that we can point out about tonight's loss. So, let's just point out what we did learn from this game.
This game was a microcosm of Auburn's season as a whole. Troubles on defense led to LSU being able to put up excellent numbers from the field. LSU was able to find open shots within 2-3 passes for much of the night.
Meanwhile, Auburn played sloppy at times, took too many three point shots, and just overall didn't shoot that well. Early in the second half, Auburn was able to pull within 3 points of LSU, but then they went ice cold from the field and allowed LSU to go on a 15-0 run to break the game open. Auburn was never able to recover from there.
Along with that, Auburn has had issues with defense all season. Losing Tahj Shamsid-Deen to injury just made that worse. The past few games have proven just how important Tahj was to this team, and shows how much of a trooper he was to be able to play with the injuries that he dealt with all season long.
The team did still fight to the end. Even when LSU jumped up to a 20 point lead, the Tigers were still fighting. The problem with that is that it sometimes led to Auburn playing too hard and making sloppy mistakes.
Auburn's season has been frustrating at times, but even in that frustration there are bright spots. Bruce Pearl inspires an intensity that will definitely translate into success going forward. He's gotten so much out of a team that is a patched together collection of players and has dealt with injury and being smaller than almost every team they've played.
Even in the face of another big loss, it's still great to be an Auburn Tiger.
War Eagle, always.