Also, I'm sitting close to Meo Stansbury as well. She's the wife of MSU's head coach. This gal is serious about cheering the team. I think it's really cool. If I was a head coach, I'd love for my wife to support me like that.
UPDATE: Superfan Mr. Lee, whom many Auburn fans know, is yelling at Mrs. Stansbury with this classy phrase: "Shut up, woman." Pretty classless. I know. It's Mr. Lee. Still ...
On to the game.
Final (MSU, 91-83): Pretty bad performance by Auburn overall. Coach Jeff Lebo will try to spin in by saying, you know, the Tigers played well during the first half. Does that even matter anymore? If you lay eggs in the second half, what difference does it make? Forget the NCAA Tournament. Can this team even make the NIT?
0:29.2, 2nd (MSU, 88-83): Auburn made a nice little run there, but MSU can hit free throws.
1:50, 2nd (MSU, 82-75): Neither team being assertive. Looks like MSU will win this one by default.
3:32, 2nd (MSU, 77-72): The only scoring since the last timeout is a three-pointer from Barrett. Unreal. MSU has missed all these chances to totally knock Auburn out of the game. This has been a fun game because the two teams are even. It's not good basketball. It's competitive basketball.
6:38, 2nd (MSU, 77-69): MSU just had a definitive possession. Three missed shots, three offensive rebounds. Then G Jamont Gordon takes it back out and nails a three-point shot. Auburn refuses to box out. Brain freeze again. I can't believe how quickly things have changed. This is where you need a leader in the huddle to handle business. He isn't there. He plays at other schools.
7:58, 2nd (MSU, 74-67): Auburn had it to three points, then quit on defense again. MSU scored on three consecutive possessions heading into this timeout. Tolbert looks like the only guy really balling today for the Tigers. Rasheem Barrett is shooting ... but not hitting much. Dollard plays in spurts. I'm not seeing much at all out of Korvotney Barber or Quan Prowell. OK, nothing.
11:09, 2nd (MSU, 68-61): Yes. That's not a mis-print. MSU is on a 17-4 run since the last timeout. It's Rhodes again. He has scored 11 points during this run. The Bulldogs are getting put-backs, which is a frequent Auburn problem. It's like the Tigers are just out of it again. Brain freeze. Silas attack.
15:58, 2nd (AU, 57-51): More non-defense work from MSU. How can Auburn score like this? F Josh Dollard and PG Quantez Robertson have a three-pointer apiece this half. The Tigers seem to be in good position.
Halftime (AU, 47-43): Neither team is playing a lick of defense. You know when Auburn has 47 points at halftime that the other team is having issues. The Tigers don't have a lot of turnovers so far, but the ones they have are so weird. I'm talking about passing directly to an MSU guy or just losing the ball on a drive. Miaway's shooting has been a surprise, and G Frank Tolbert has been effective and efficient on offense. He's already crashed to the floor three times. How long can his body take this?
3:54, 1st (AU, 37-34): Auburn's attack looks different now that MSU is in a 2-3 zone. The good news for the Tigers is that "Shooter" Miaway is hot from the outside. The junior came into the game 1-for-10 in SEC play. He's 2-for-2 from three-point range in this game.
7:53, 1st (AU, 25-22): Auburn is using more two-man sets on offense ... kinda like you'd see in the NBA. It's working. MSU is being careless on offense.
11:52, 1st (MSU, 19-17): Stansbury was called for a technical at the 12:52 mark after (briefly) arguing with official Antinio Petty. It seemed like an inappropriate call to me. In true Auburn fashion, the team hit only one of the two technical free throws then turned the ball over on the next possession. Can't say enough about the Tigers' killer instinct.
15:53, 1st (MSU, 7-8): Close game so far. MSU F Charles Rhodes has all eight points. Might want to guard him a little more closely.