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Friday, February 22, 2019

Auburn Thoughts for a Rainy Day.

Tigers ran wild over Arkansas.
(John Reed/USA Today Sports.)

     War Eagle, everybody! A long wet football offseason continues here in the Deep South. This week, we received a nice spark from the Auburn basketball program, as the men rode a hot start out to a 30 point lead at home against Arkansas, and flattened the Hogs, 79-56. That Wednesday evening win came on the heels of a Sunday afternoon demolition of Alabama by the women of Auburn. The ladies put a 77-38 whipping on the Crimson Tide, and pushed their season record to 19-7.

     Auburn had a great evening against Arkansas, but the challenge level goes way up, this Saturday. At 12:30 PM Central Time, Auburn takes on Kentucky in Lexington. The game will be nationally televised on CBS. One has to go back over 30 years, to find a time where Auburn basketball won in that arena. It was in January of 1988, when Auburn knocked off #1-ranked Kentucky in Rupp Arena, 53-52. Auburn also won at Rupp, in 1983. Those are the only 2 wins over Kentucky at their place, in my lifetime.

     Kentucky has appeared to have some vulnerabilities earlier in the year, getting blown out by Duke, and losing to Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and to LSU at home. After the LSU loss, the Wildcats rebounded in dramatic fashion, clubbing #1-ranked Tennessee 86-69. A streaky Auburn bunch will try to keep a hot-shooting streak alive. The frustrating thing about this season is that Auburn has tended to be on fire against non-ranked teams, and against the ranked teams, long stretches go by where Auburn can’t seem to buy a basket.

     On Sunday the Auburn women host a pretty tough Missouri team on Senior Day. A win by Auburn would push the win total to 20, and pretty much guarantee a spot in the NCAA tournament in March.

     I continue to hear talk that the Auburn football team will be just fine at quarterback next season, but I think caution is the word in this spot. Auburn does not return any quarterback this year, that has played in a college game that was still in doubt. Not having an established starter is a big deal. In the past 40 seasons, having an established starter resulted in a record of 264 wins, 89 losses and 5 ties. That’s a winning percentage of 74.4 percent. In years where multiple quarterbacks got 2 or more starts, Auburn has just 68 wins and 65 losses, or 51.1 percent.

     Conventional wisdom is that Auburn will have to rely on the running game a good bit, early next season. Auburn returns all 5 offensive line starters, and every player that carried the ball 19 or more times. It’s an interesting group, featuring senior Kam Martin, and sophomore JaTarvious Whitlow. Add in Malik Miller, Shaun Shivers and Anthony Schwarts, and a team has a deep group of runners. My question is this: who’s going to lead block for them? Auburn is very unproven at the tight end and H-back spots. To run the ball, one either has to block defenders, or spread them out and be willing to throw to multiple receivers. It remains to be seen whether either option can happen, next season.

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Crow To Harper Challenge: Week 7

There was a story about Lebron a few years ago, I don’t remember where I read it, where he was asked about his his number one qualification for a teammate. He basically said “just hit open shots.” Lebron has an offensive gravity, he draws defenders to cheat off of their man and can create open looks for people just by having the ball. Part of “making your teammates better” is “making your teammates wide open.”

What we saw against Arkansas was Auburn players hitting open shots. Basketball looks so much better when guys hit the open ones. Anfernee Mclemore, a guy whose season has been as yo-yo in quality as the Auburn team itself, has developed a knack for being wide open from three. Against Arkansas, he hit his open looks. Jared Harper, Bryce Brown, and especially Chuma Okeke require defensive game-planning. They require constant attention. Coaches yell at players to cover those guys when they have the slightest amount of space. Anfernee Mclemore is not one of those guys, but if he can make his open shots then he will murder opposing teams. You can’t account for five three point shooters very effectively with most college basketball lineups.

Against Vanderbilt (in the worst basketball gym in the known universe) Auburn shot poorly. Auburn hovers around 48% shooting in its wins this season, and was at 36% against Ole Miss and Vandy. Defense bailed the Tigers out against the ‘Dores, but nothing could bail the Hogs out. Auburn shot 52% from three against Arkansas, which basically means the Tigers should have taken less twos than they did. If you are making more than five out of every ten three pointers, shoot until your arms fall off. When Auburn has its role players hitting open shots, it is unbeatable.

Life is like that too. Every time a person gets to be 100 years old or so, some reporter will ask that person what the “secret” is to a long life. We all want to live longer. We all want to live better lives and be more successful and better looking and better equipped to deal with stress. We want a pill, chart, rule, or system that will get us there. Sometimes people will cheat the system, breaking the law or getting a “shortcut” to the finish line they want. Friends, I am here to tell you none of that stuff will work. There is no pill, chart, rule, or system. There is no magic set of words that will give you happiness, success, or a flat stomach.

You just gotta make open shots.

Doing the things available to you in the moment seems to be the key to both basketball and life. Getting the rebounds that fall to you, not trying to do the things that are outside of your skillset, and keeping your eyes open for opportunities. We aren’t all Lebron, heck, we aren’t all Jared Harper, but if we can be a bit more like Anfernee Mclemore and just hit the open ones, good things will happen.

That said,

Weight Update

No change. 212.

I need to take more shots.

You guys comment below a workout for this week, and I’ll try to do it, weather permitting. I might lose weight if I need to build an ark here soon.



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