What was to be a special Alabama basketball season came tumbling down with an 86-77 loss to Auburn today in Tuscaloosa. The victory was the latest casualty in a basketball season spinning out of control. What began with a pre-season Top-10 ranking and visions of the Final Four is an unmitigated disaster.

Coach Mark Gottfried’s stock is at an all-time low. The season’s crash was as spectacular as a Wall Street bloodbath. The question remaining for Gottfried will this crash be like the crash of October 1987 (where the market quickly recovers) or will it be a meltdown like 1929?

To paraphrase a great man, Never in the annals of history has a team with so much talent, achieved so little.

Auburn had lost 21 of its last 22 games at Coleman Coliseum and hadn’t won there since 1999.–according to the Associated Press.