Hey, we lost on Wednesday night. It wasn’t great, but there were plenty of positives to take away from the defeat. We got down by 17 points, and without Bryce Brown completed the comeback to take a late lead. Auburn had a decided disadvantage against the Aggies, and it’s shocking that they didn’t take even more looks at the rim from close range with those huge post players. The Tigers fought back and fell just short thanks in part to come tough officiating decisions down the stretch.
It’s about as forgivable a loss as you can have, by a point with all of those extenuating circumstances. And now Auburn’s got a chance to rebound and make things right.
Today, it’s Georgia at their place. Remember what happened last time we saw these guys?
#SCTopTen if Mustapha Heron’s dunk is not on TOP TEN i will personally make my own Sports News Program to rival ESPN’s Sports Center!! I’ll do it. I won’t hesitate!! @SportsCenter pic.twitter.com/1bsJGYSiNa— Toomers Oaks (@Toomers_Oaks) January 21, 2018
That dunk may have completely swung the fortunes of both teams. Auburn was coming off a loss to Alabama, and had just played maybe the worst half of the season in falling behind to the Bulldogs at home. With that dunk, Auburn took the lead and proceeded to race past Georgia in the second half.
With the win, the Tigers began a five-game winning streak that only ended Wednesday night in the one-point loss to A&M. Meanwhile, Georgia went in the opposite direction.
The Bulldogs have lost five of six (including the loss to Auburn), with the only win a surprising 72-60 takedown of Florida at Stegeman Coliseum. In their last two games, Georgia’s lost by double-digits to both Mississippi State and Vanderbilt. They’re not playing good basketball, quite frankly.
Still, they’ve got Yante Maten and some big guys that gave us trouble for twenty minutes in the first meeting. While we had one of the worst shooting halves of the year, Georgia was capable of building a big lead at the intermission. They’ve got the ability, but they haven’t used it lately. Starting today, things really don’t get much easier for the Bulldogs, as they head straight from our game to Gainesville and then back home for a meeting with Tennessee. The season could head directly south if they’re not careful.
As for Auburn, this game needs to be a get-right game. We may or may not have Bryce Brown, and I’d rather we not use him if he’s questionable at all. Things are only going to get tougher for the Tigers as well as we hit the stretch run of the season. Kentucky comes to town Wednesday night, and we don’t need to get fancy today. Get in, get out, win, go home. That’s it.
HOW TO WATCH AND LISTEN - Auburn @ Georgia - 2:30 pm CST - Athens, GA
TV: SEC Network
Radio: Auburn Sports Network