Mar 3, 2012; Auburn, AL, USA; LSU Tigers guard Anthony Hickey (1) blocks Auburn Tigers guard Josh Wallace (11) during the second half at Auburn Arena. Auburn beat LSU 67-52. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-US PRESSWIRE
As much as I want to act surprised about the outcome of this game, I'm really not. Although I thought LSU had enough talent to make up for the lack of effort, that wasn't the case at all. In the final game of the season, LSU played one of the worst games of the year in a 15 point humiliation against Auburn. The loss drops LSU to 17-13, 7-9 in the conference.
On the one hand, I really want to be happy with what the team has accomplished this season. They beat a legitimate top 10 team in Marquette, while splitting with every SEC West team. They strung together a couple of key winning streaks to get their win total higher than it has been in the last two seasons, while doing so with still what is a very young team.
The NIT is still the likely destination for the Tigers, but it's unlikely that they will play at home again this season. As of right now, the SEC is still in flux, but I will be sure to update once the day is done as to where the Tigers might end up in the SEC tournament next week. It is known now that they will be playing on Wednesday, and they are likely to finish as the 9 seed. Most likely they will be playing a team from Mississippi. It's really disappointing, because a win today would have put them in the 7 spot, and with a UF loss tomorrow, Tennessee will be the 2 seed.
Today was a total collapse by virtually the entire team. Ralston Turner and John Isaac were perhaps the only bright spots on an otherwise dreary day. Turner finished with 14 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists, while John Isaac had a perfect shooting day while finishing with 9 points. Justin Hamilton was unable to get anything going after scoring the first 4 points of the game, finishing with that total.
There was really no category that LSU won today. They were out-rebounded, outshot both on the field and at the line, had way more turnovers, more fouls, and tons of missed free throws. I said after a similar Ole Miss debacle that LSU needed to just forget about that game, and frankly, that's really all they can do with this game.