Sunday, January 20, 2008

Rebs Suffer Bad Loss

It was the worst loss of the season thus far for the Rebels in terms of a game that Ole Miss needed to win as they were defeated on the road at Auburn 80-77 on Saturday. Auburn had a lead for much of the first half before teh Rebels took it away and were up by 6 or 7 in the second half, before slowly watching that lead fade away.

There are lots of thoughts to this game and our loss that will be discussed. However, a couple of the points I will thow out there. Every coach in America that we play from now on will run the zone on us. It totally shut us down. Why we could not get the ball in more to Curtis and Williams is beyond me. David Huertas is a HUGE dissapointment. He played absolutely miserable on Saturday and could not throw it in the ocean if he had to. My question is why was he in the game late when the Rebels needed clutch free throws. He had more open looks than anyone in the game, and didn't make a single one of them.

Where do we go from here? We take a much needed week off and regroup. I was totally shocked by this loss. I had this circled as a win on my calendar since this time last year. You have to win some conference games on the road to be a legit contender, and we let a good opportunity get away.

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- In a back-and-forth SEC battle, Auburn surged midway through the second half and held off 15th-ranked Ole Miss Saturday 80-77 on the Plains, keeping the Rebels from matching the best start in school history .
Chris Warren played all 40 minutes and led Ole Miss with a career-high 25 points, hitting seven 3-pointers. Dwayne Curtis returned to Auburn with a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds, his eighth double-double of the year.
Frank Tolbert scored 29 points and DeWayne Reed had 21, both career highs, to lead Auburn.
Quantez Robertson's 3-pointer from the right corner broke a 70-all tie with 1 minute left for the Tigers (11-5, 2-2 Southeastern Conference).
Eniel Polynice of Ole Miss (15-2, 2-2) then missed a 3 at the other end. Tolbert made four straight free throws and Auburn went 7-of-10 from the line over the final 39 seconds to keep Ole Miss from tying after twice pulling within three points.