Auburn-Tennessee: Loss Highlights Tigers' Weaknesses

Tiger HistalmosAnalyst IJanuary 14, 2010

ATLANTA - MARCH 11:  Head coach Jeff Lebo of the Auburn Tigers calls a play from the sidelines in the game against the Louisiana State Tigers during the quarterfinals of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at the Georgia Dome on March 11, 2005 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Another SEC team, another SEC loss as the Tigers fell to the Volunteers 81-55.  Auburn had a fast start, but fell off quickly going into the second half.

There wasn't very much to praise the Tigers on in the second half.  Auburn made 10 of 24 three-pointers in the first half, but was only 1-11 after halftime. 

If people haven't figured out Auburn yet, they will soon enough—Auburn doesn't have it this season.  

It seems that they only get a chance to shoot three pointers all day, or get the ball inside and get those baskets. 

Auburn so far overall has not played a real complete game against a quality opponent.  In addition to the Tigers' woes, they have not gotten any real support off the bench.

Brendon Knox was about the only player off the bench that was getting consistent points.  Tonight, he only had two points off the bench.

Auburn only made six baskets inside the arc tonight; that is about unheard of in the SEC. 

The defense really fell off the map too, allowing 43 points to Tennessee in the second half. 

Auburn's weaknesses were shown in full force tonight. 

Auburn can't play defense, can't play consistent offense, and will get run out of about every basketball arena in the conference.  That will also include Beard-Eaves. 

The road doesn't get any easier for the Tigers as the Kentucky Wildcats come calling to the Plains on Saturday. 

If there is any indication, tonight's romp was just a little taste of what may come on Saturday afternoon. 

I was quite optimistic before the conference season, but now, just two games in, it seems a lost cause. 

If the heat isn't there now, Jeff Lebo will start to feel it soon from a multitude of directions.