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11.22.2008

GW @ Auburn (men), 2nd half

AUBURN WINS, 83-71.

@ 0:51:
Auburn leads, 83-71.

@ 1:52:
Auburn leads, 76-69.

FOURTH TO @ 3:46:
Auburn leads, 68-62. They're still playing well -- particularly in transition. Frankie Sullivan is really good in chaotic situations. He's quick and has a refined idea of how to distribute. He'll be a good one.

@ 6:07:
Auburn leads, 64-57. Wow. Auburn actually is rolling along on the fast break and hitting shots from the perimeter. Everything is working right now.

THIRD TO @ 7:58:
GW leads, 57-56. Auburn still working much harder than it did during the first half. Much more energy directed toward rebounding. GW isn't getting good shots from the outside. Auburn has the momentum right now.

@10:19:
Auburn leads, 54-53, on a 3-point shot from Waller.

SECOND TO @ 11:33:
GW leads, 51-49. Auburn has made some nice defensive adjustments. They're still in man-to-man, but I'm seeing less switching. It's a true man defense and GW isn't getting any shots from the perimeter. Meanwhile, the Tigers are playing more competently on offense.

@ 14:58:
GW leads, 48-41. GW had to call timeout. Auburn has scored on four of its last five possessions. The Tigers are playing with significantly more effort now.

FIRST TO @ 15:53:
GW leads, 48-36. Auburn is hustling more on the offensive glass. The team already has two put-backs this half after getting none in the first half.


HALFTIME SCORE: GW leads, 44-29

Interesting halftime numbers...
  • GW is 10-of-17 from 3-point range
  • Auburn is 8-of-22 from the floor.
  • GW didn't attempt a free throw in the first half.
  • GW's bench players are out-scoring AU's bench players 23-9.


Photo credit: Todd Van Emst/Auburn University

Questions? Comments? Post directly to the blog below or email me at jgtate@gannett.com.

149 Comments:

Blogger Denny Crum said...

Jay G, Who has the better athletes? Or is this a case of better athletes being beat by a bunch of basketball savvy players. Probably a combination of both I would say.

2:10 PM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

Maybe I'm a little premature on this, but what are the chances Lebo makes it through the season?

2:10 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

100%.

2:12 PM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

Okay.Thought that would be the case.

Does he just need more time?

2:12 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Auburn has better athletes; they are not nearly as skilled or aware.

2:13 PM  
Anonymous jhag said...

who ever would want to come play for auburn when we have middle school crowds?

2:13 PM  
Anonymous dnatl said...

the crowds may be "middle school", but the coach is at least junior college level

2:15 PM  
Anonymous jhag said...

Waller is pretty damn cold today.

2:16 PM  
Anonymous dnatl said...

TINSTAFT

2:16 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I don't think Lebo needs more time. Five years ought to be enough.

2:16 PM  
Anonymous jhag said...

We want Barkley!

2:17 PM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

So is that 100% he won't make it through or will?

2:18 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Will make it.

Fire a basketball coach? Damn near impossible.

2:19 PM  
Anonymous dnatl said...

(There Is No Such Thing As a Free Throw)

2:19 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Tubberville said "nothing is decided" after his Friday meeting with AD per the dude on CBS?

2:20 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

What are the expectations? I agree with Jay G.

Until there is a change in the recruiting philosophy I don't see a change in the situation at Auburn. I think Lebo can coach but I don't if what he is trying to accomplish is going to work. I really question the type of players he goes after. Maybe they will develop as the season goes on. But right now I see a lot of players that don't know the game of basketball like they should.

2:20 PM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

ok

thanks for clarifying

2:21 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Gogue has said several times that nothing will be decided until after the season ends.

2:22 PM  
Blogger ron mexico said...

if lebo doesn't make the NCAA tourney before the new stadium is ready, he is gone. They won't go into a new stadium with guy that has gone six or seven years with no tourney.

2:22 PM  
Anonymous dnatl said...

You can't polish a turd, but you can overspend on a new building for a turd

2:23 PM  
Blogger BinOBA said...

Is Ensminger calling plays for the basketball team?

2:24 PM  
Blogger ron mexico said...

barber has to have the highest fouls per game average in auburn history.

2:24 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

In Lebo's favor, I don't think the PTB really care or know too much about basketball.

I wonder if a coach like Jimmy Tillette or similiar in style could do better at Auburn.

In regards to recruiting, the only things that I believe are in Auburn's favor are the ability for a freshman to play right away and Auburn plays in the SEC.

2:25 PM  
Anonymous dnatl said...

Would have to be Chris Brandt or Zane Arnold, both 6-6 and trying to guard Shaq on the blocks

2:25 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Vot has three offensive fouls today.

D ... you're aiming for the One-Liner HoF today, huh?

2:25 PM  
Blogger ron mexico said...

skinny shaq was a bad dude

2:27 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

Auburn as need a new basketball arena/coliseum since Beard Eaves was first built.

2:28 PM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

Big Shaq is a bad rapper

2:28 PM  
Blogger ron mexico said...

watching this game on the computer those trumpets sound like that elephant at alabama games

2:28 PM  
Blogger ron mexico said...

how tall is lett?

2:30 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Lett is 6-8.

2:30 PM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

Well, here's to hoping for a comeback.

2:31 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Oh yeah...Thanks for talking me and Rachel Maddows down, Jay.

2:33 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

The GW dude just missed everything (net included) on that free throw. Holy cow.

2:35 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

How did I affect you and Rachel Maddow?

2:36 PM  
Anonymous dnatl said...

Today's "every fan gets their own section" promotion looks like it has drawn a crowd of dozens

2:38 PM  
Blogger nolaman123 said...

Well no one is on campus. Not that having school in session makes it much better

2:40 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

holy cow what a shot

2:42 PM  
Blogger ron mexico said...

hargrove with his typical hail mary

2:42 PM  
Anonymous dnatl said...

I wouldn't say there is nobody on campus. From the video feed, it looks like the chess club is still on campus, representin' in the stands

2:44 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

d ... are you reading out of a book or what?

2:45 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

TD Ole Miss 7-0

2:45 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

vandy lost to tenn. michigan got owned by ohio state.

2:45 PM  
Blogger parkerkb said...

An 8 point run is pretty impressive.

AU Mom

I wish I could see some SEC stuff. Living in SC means I see far more of the ACC than I would like.

ESPN 360 has not yet been embraced by the Charter here either.

Thanks, guys, for keeping me up to date.

2:46 PM  
Anonymous dnatl said...

No, JGT - I am a role player, just playing my role

2:47 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

You do good work, d.

2:48 PM  
Blogger ron mexico said...

these graphics on the screen are killing me

2:48 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Like Scottie Pohlman spotting up in the corner ...

2:48 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

The HABOTN screen?

2:49 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

I hate alternating possession. I wish they would bring back the jump ball.

2:49 PM  
Blogger ron mexico said...

i guess we are watching the screen that is in the arena

2:49 PM  
Blogger ron mexico said...

good pass right there

2:49 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Ohhh. That screen.

2:50 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

It looks Auburn is settling down and playing much better.

2:50 PM  
Blogger ron mexico said...

no the game feed on the internet.

2:51 PM  
Blogger Cory said...

Win or not, this team came to play in the 2nd half. Impressive!

2:51 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

At the break, I could feel the electricity through my computer. Those fans, with those pompoms, I want to party with them.

2:51 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

Smart play spotting for the 3 on the break

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

who'dve thought we could actually play basketball?!?

2:54 PM  
Blogger ron mexico said...

did rod bramlett just say someone's hometown? I think he reads the HABOTN

2:54 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

GW hasn't had many good shots at all this half. Lebo adjusted something in there. It's still man defense ...

2:54 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

30 to 19 rebounding edge for Auburn. Good job.

2:54 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Auburn was down 16-13 (rebounding) at the half, so that's really remarkable.

2:55 PM  
Anonymous RoscoPCoaltrane said...

This team looks much better in the second than they did in the first...

Finding themselves it looks like to me. Also hitting free-throws.

2:55 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

Jay it appears to me that they are doubling down on the ball and causing ball pressure. Makes it hard to find the open man.

2:56 PM  
Anonymous dnatl said...

Much better watching the screen on the computer than being there. For one thing, you don't need a jacket (or pants for that matter). Besides, you can't really crowd-watch during the breaks with that few people around - gets kind of creepy, and creepy is more James' style.

2:56 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

the double appears to happen on the wing

2:56 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Smart move by the GW coach ... make it a FT contest.

2:57 PM  
Blogger ron mexico said...

get reed off the floor for the contest.

2:57 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

They've been trapping a whole lot more. They really weren't even trying that in the first half.

2:57 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

I am sure Jeff and his staff have picked out who they want to double down on.

2:59 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Smart like foxes, they are.

3:00 PM  
Blogger ron mexico said...

sullivan will be a stud

3:02 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

Rest of the game will be those unintentional intentional fouls.

3:02 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Sullivan looks pretty studly right now, honestly.

3:03 PM  
Anonymous dnatl said...

JGT - I thought I just saw one of the yellow-jacket security folks by the edge of the court on the video feed. If all three students at the game walk across the floor to exit after the game, does that count as "storming the court"?

3:03 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

Stat padding time.

3:04 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

They'll work quickly to get the backboards down.

3:05 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Nice work by Auburn.

Defense wins this one.

3:06 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

Thank you GW for not fouling anymore.

3:06 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Great win. That was fun!

3:07 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

Here comes the crowd. Oh the humanity.

Turned up the defensive intensity and found the weak links on GW's team.

3:07 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

Tigers win, Tigers win, Tigers win, Tigers win, Tigers win.

3:08 PM  
Blogger Cory said...

Great win. This game should build some confidence. What did u think Jay G?

3:08 PM  
Anonymous dnatl said...

Thanks for your efforts, JGT - be safe in all that madness and frivolity. We shocked the world!

3:09 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

Washington is in danger of losing their perfect season against Washington State.

3:11 PM  
Anonymous dnatl said...

Speaking of padding the stats, didn't JGT affect the attendance count by bringing the family today? Hope you didn't have to pay too much to the scalpers.

3:12 PM  
Blogger IM4AU said...

Thanks for providing the url. Enjoyed watching that game.

3:19 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

LOL denny

3:27 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

Florida 70 The Citadel 19

Stay Classy Urban

3:37 PM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

Very impressive comeback. Maybe we should just become a basketball school. That might work.

MSU beating Arkansas, Ole Miss beating LSU. Hmmmm, I have no clue.

3:44 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I was pretty impressed with what they did during the second half.

One major issue: They still have no low-post presence. Barber isn't going to be that guy. He's not really a banger.

3:47 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

I don't understand the inadvertent fair catch call. If the guy called for a fair catch, then the LSU players should be penalized for interference and attempting to tackle.

Oh well...We have no dog in that fight.

OM is playing much better than LSU

3:50 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

Snead looks good right now.

3:51 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

This Ole Miss game is fun to watch.

Jay, thanks for turning me back on to basketball. Been a few years since I had any interest.

3:51 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

Oh Lee. Oh oh Lee.

3:54 PM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

Should Ole Miss win today, they will take over second place in the West. Last year they didn't win an SEC game. This year they come in second in the West. Maybe the people telling me how bad Nutt was last year are having a revelation.

3:58 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Hoopie - I think the penalty on Ole Miss was an invalid fair catch signal = dead ball.

4:08 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

I have never seen an inadvertant fair catch signal called yet alone twice.

4:15 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

According to the rule book there's no such call - it's an invalid signal
AND it is defined as
Valid Signal
ARTICLE 2. A valid signal is a signal given by a player of Team B who has obviously signaled his intention by extending one hand only clearly above his head and waving that hand from side to side of his body more than once.
Invalid Signal
ARTICLE 3. An invalid signal is any signal by a player of Team B that does not meet the requirements of a valid signal (Rule 6-5-3).

Which would mean that 2nd call was a bad call. Big shocker. This year seems to have been filled with more bad calls than usual.

4:23 PM  
Anonymous jhag said...

Mercer took Georgia Tech into OT today so maybe we can't say were that bad just yet.

4:32 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I have filed my story.

I now will head back to the Gizump for some dinner with the fam. We will use a miniscule portion of out yard-sale riches to pay for our feast.

We'll at least start a campfire at 7 for The Big Football Game.

Not sure how long I'll last. I'm but one spoke in the HABOTN wheel.

4:59 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

How about Kent Austin for our new OC?

(P.S. I always like Jay G.'s comment posts immediately after he's filed a story. He's extra poetic.)

5:02 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

The Cuse beats ND.

5:05 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

Washington and Washington State in Overtime. Don't blow it Washington, keep your perfection alive.

5:16 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Oh the drama in the Apple Cup.

5:19 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Ark is a tuff recruiting gig. The Arkansas fans didn't appreciate what they had.

According to the recruiting services, ND should have a lot of talent now. I haven't seen player talent, commitment or good coaching during the few short surfing stops on their games. ND has some valid reasons to make a coaching change.

5:24 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Mon, thanks for digging up those rules. Is that a new rule this year? I can't ever remember seeing "invalid signal" called.

5:27 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

Washington, Ty Willingham, and the perfect season. It is a epic movie in the making along the gigli or santa clause conquers the martians.

5:37 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

OL' Les Miles will gamble at the drop of "THE HAT".

5:48 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

Ole Miss 31 to 13

5:53 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Nutt better hope for a warm New Years in Dallas.

6:05 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I'm not going to make the 7 p.m. deadline. Dinner will be on-going.

I will pre-load a campfire. I can fire it up remotely, but I cannot participate until I get home.

I'm adding Monica to the list of approved moderators. That means Monica, Sensi and James will have BANHAMMER power.

(I hope one of them plans to attend at 7 p.m.)

6:10 PM  
Anonymous jhag said...

Hotty toddy gosh almighty

6:14 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

Good, their not a sensitive about UK as you are.

6:14 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Hoopie - It's not listed as one of the new rules.

Jay - I'll be at Le Campfire.

6:40 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Jay - Can you make "MonD" an admin - "Monica" is a Chatroll account I haven't been able to sign in to since the day I opened it.

6:46 PM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

Ole Miss beats LSU. Mississippi State bears Arkansas. What comes next, dogs sleeping with cats?

6:49 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

I believe will have monkeys having sex with goats and goats sexually abusing footballs.

That is the PG 13 version.

7:13 PM  
Blogger CovingtonTigerFan said...

My family and I went to the game today. Very concerned at the half. Much better defense in the 2nd half, plus Auburn got hot from behind the arc. Very enjoyable day. The crowd, however, was beyond pitiful...

9:33 PM  
Blogger Jet G. Ate said...

CTF ... I got bumped off the campfire ... and it's closed, so I think we're probably alone over here

9:40 PM  
Blogger michael said...

So who else is excited about the Florida-Oklahoma National Championship Game? Should be pretty good.

9:40 PM  
Blogger Jet G. Ate said...

Michael ... that would be a heck of a game

9:41 PM  
Blogger Jet G. Ate said...

Both teams are clearly playing good football ... Oregon State cuold mess up Bama's BCS hopes

9:42 PM  
Blogger Jet G. Ate said...

Then again, probably not.

9:45 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

bama will be riding a two game losing streak. It might be hard to get in the BCS on that sort of run.

9:50 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

I'm sure OK will get major style points for this trouncing and probably pass Texas. I still think Texas is the best in the Big12. Texas played 4 top ten teams in a row. TT was the last one, in Lubbock and Texas almost won. I think Texas wins most any other scenerio.

TT is probably drained from the 2 games prior to this.

9:52 PM  
Blogger Jet G. Ate said...

Michael ... love your optimism ... wish I believed it.

9:55 PM  
Blogger Jet G. Ate said...

Polls are 2/3 of the equations ... so my guess is here comes Oklahoma.

9:59 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

If y'all sign in at www.chatroll.com then you won't get bumped off the chat when Jay takes it off the blog.

When you know a Campfire is scheduled just go to http://chatroll.com/habotn-campfire and chat away.

You could even go there now and there are a couple of people still in the room.

10:01 PM  
Blogger Jet G. Ate said...

What a beat down.

10:02 PM  
Anonymous jhag said...

Oklahoma is doing to the number 2 team in the country, what UF did to Citadel. Yikes.

10:21 PM  
Anonymous FSJ said...

LOL...I just noticed that I have the lead quote on the blog..I feel so honored...

8:37 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

I love this headline:

Gather Up Your Flock, Here Comes BCS Armageddon

9:29 AM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

it is shaping up to be a mess.

10:10 AM  
Anonymous Crudup said...

Would like to motion that we remove FSJ's quote.

11:14 AM  
Anonymous FSJ said...

LOL...Thanks for your support Crudup.

11:22 AM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

The BCSBSNC is going to be hilarious this season. Even if Bama wins out, who should play them for the BCSBCNC? There are a crap load of one loss teams.

It is another great example why the BCS is BS.

12:32 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Billy Gillispie looks very unhealthy. I can't believe he just turned 49. Considering his job, work habits and well documented over-imbibing I don't know how long this poor guy is going to make it.

Here's a little UK trivia for you, Jay: Jared Carter's video game controllers are pink.

12:35 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

It took me a while to warm up to the idea of playoffs...you know...hate to cheapen the reg. season and cause CFB to feel like the pros.

In the past, the plus one has seemed to be a good solution. After Bama loses, arguments could be made for more than an 8 team playoff this season.

ESPN will get a lot of opinion filler airtime out of this situation.

1:47 PM  
Blogger michael said...

No more than a four team playoff. I love the regular season the way it is. A four team playoff will steal a little bit from it, but not everything.

1:59 PM  
Blogger eddie4au said...

I like the plus one system, or the 4 team playoff. That is all you need. You will always have the best within those 4 teams in my opinion. There is no excuse for not having this.

2:02 PM  
Anonymous Crudup said...

Why does everybody call it the Auburn-Alabama game instead of the Alabama-Auburn game?

This is on that surely deserves to be placed under the scope.

"...a refined idea of how to distribute."

2:28 PM  
Anonymous Crudup said...

After that quote Jay sprung upon us I decided to go make a spot of black spiced tea. Extravagantif I must say.

2:33 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Crud, When I grew up in Prattville(Bammer territory), we called it the Ala-AU game. Maybe you are primarily around AU fans that say AU-Ala b/c of preference.

Another theory might be that Auburn is a city name and Alabama is a state name and it verbally flows better.

OK...that's enuff, Denny has already tagged me as the most wordy on here.

2:39 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Yeah, that comment by FSJ is pretty much TMI.

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Crudup said...

Watching NFL ball on CBS and they previewed the "Auburn-Alabama" game. Guess it just rolls off the tongue better.

2:51 PM  
Blogger michael said...

plus everyone likes us more so they put Auburn first.

3:26 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

New thread up.

Sorry for the late start today.

3:45 PM  

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