Thursday, November 20, 2008
at their Mercer
Well, at least Jeff Lebo has company in the "my SEC basketball team lost to a team coming off of a 6-10 season in the Atlantic Sun" Hall of Shame.
Of course, it would have been better if he'd never managed to join Mark Gottfried at all, but it's too late for that now that Mercer can claim to be the best college hoops team in the state of Alabama not actually in the state of Alabama after a 78-74 win at Beard-Eaves last night. It's not easy to lose a game when you commit fewer 12 fewer turnovers than your opponent and shoot a comparable percentage, but Auburn managed thanks to getting outrebounded by 25 (the JUCO surge is working!) and hitting 6-of-14 at the line. Frankie Sullivan didn't do much in his debut to calm my fears he might be overaggressive; he took nine shots in 23 minutes, or two more than Quantez Robertson and Lucas Hargrove put up combined in 59 minutes.
Why do I get the feeling I'm going to be profiling hoops head coaching candidates for Auburn before I do them for football? Anyways, big congrats nonetheless to Mercer, who can add another scalp to the collection that started with O.J. Mayo's USC bunch last year around this time. After not one but two SEC upsets in a week, it seems unlikely they won't be a factor in the A-Sun.