This is hard for me to do, but let me be the first on this site to give Auburn University’s basketball team their props. That was a big win yesterday against a strong LSU team as the Tigers extended their winning streak and polished off their NCAA tourney resume.
I remember back in December when there was talk about Jeff Lebo’s future at Auburn. After this impressive run, there may still be talk about his future there, but for different reasons. He’s a great coach at a less than great basketball school, and Auburn has committed to their basketball program with facilities that will only help them get stronger down the line.
Auburn is undermanned, undersized and underestimated in almost every game they’ve played this season. But what Lebo gets out of his team is effort and a relentless desire to keep going until the game is over. That’s how they erased a 13-pt. 2nd half deficit in Coleman Coliseum and continued their dominance over us on the hardwood. Admittedly, they’re a fun team to watch, and if it wasn’t for that word that appears on the fronts of their jerseys, they’d be a hard team to pull against.
It’s that same style and tenacity that a Mike Anderson would bring to Alabama. And hopefully, with a little luck and a lot of dead presidents, we’ll bring that same excitement to the court…and the big dance…next season.