It’s not every day that a member of the SEC loses to a member of the Southland Conference (yes, the Southland Conference) in any sort of athletic activity, but it’s especially rare that the scenario would take place in one of the major sports like men’s college basketball. However, that is exactly what took place on Friday night, and the win-loss result wasn’t the most embarrassing thing for the Auburn Tigers.
Auburn was embarrassed by the Northwestern State Demons by a score of 111-92. Yes, the final score was 111-92 and the game took place in Auburn’s home building.
To add to the shear ridiculousness of that margin of victory, there were several additional statistics to marvel at during this one. First, Auburn allowed 72 points in the second half to the Demons, and the visiting team shot a blistering 68 percent in the 2nd half in order to accomplish that crazy feat. Furthermore, Northwestern State hit on 14 of 27 3-point attempts in the game (yikes), and sophomore guard Jalan West scored a career-high 30 points in the win.
With no disrespect to Northwestern State, this is the epitome of rock bottom for Tony Barbee and the Auburn program. Losing by 19 points at home to anyone is difficult, but when you do it with historically bad defense against a far less talented opponent, it is a giant, flashing warning sign of disaster. It’s too early to write off the Tigers for the season after just 2 games, but this isn’t good.