Alabama lost by 27 on the road to Arkansas, and by 21 on the road to Vanderbilt. The 24-point defeat Tuesday night was no less stinging than the previous two on the road. Nor was it the first time Alabama has laid an egg on the road, or heard the "overrated" chant from the crowd. It was the antithesis of Alabama's come-from-behind winning effort against Georgia in Tuscaloosa last Saturday.
By no means is Alabama the first team to see such a fate against Auburn in Beard-Eves Memorial Coliseum this season. Auburn beat Tennessee and Vanderbilt there earlier this year, and on Tuesday night the Tigers improved its overall record to 13-8 and evened its conference mark at 3-3.
Alabama dropped to 15-4 on the season and 2-3 in the SEC West. Alabama hosts Arkansas AT HOME Saturday at 2 p.m.
Auburn shot 56.7 per cent from the field (34 of 60), including several baskets that came from point-blank range. Alabama hit 23 baskets in as many attempts for a 38.3 shooting percentage.
"Our defense was pathetic around the basket," Tide Coach Mark Gottfried said. "We've got to find some answers. In the second half we just had defensive breakdowns one after another, some shots that didn't go down and too many turnovers."
Auburn hit 6 of 14 three pointers (.429 PCT) while Alabama made just 5 of 18 (.278 PCT) three pointers. Ron Steele made all five of Bama's treys and finished the game's leading scorer with 19 points in an encouraging individual performance that was overshadowed by the game's outcome.
Alabama literally stole the lead from Auburn in the last minute of the first half, going into the break ahead 36-35. Alonzo Gee stole an errant Auburn pass and took it in for a slam with 35 seconds. Then, with 17 seconds to play Auburn's Dollard had a shot blocked by Jermareo Davidson from point-blank range and Davidson got a put-back dunk off of a Brandon Hollinger attempt to complete the first half flurry.
That was Alabama's last lead.
Unfortunately, Alabama did not score until the 16:42 mark of the second half while Auburn ran off 7 straight points. Tolbert hit a three pointer from NBA range with 12:40 left in the game to give Auburn a 12 point lead, and the Crimson Tide never pulled within double digits again.
"I'm disappointed," Gottfried said. "We've got to get better. We're not playing great basketball right now and we know that. We're not playing our best basketball and we've got to make some changes."
Richard Hendrix played with foul trouble for most of the night which limited his effectiveness. He picked up his third foul early in the first half and got his fourth with over 9 minutes to play in the game, forcing him out of the lineup for much of the night.
Jermareo Davidson finished with 18 points and Alonzo Gee had 11.