Auburn Basketball Suffers First Loss of the Season
The undefeated Auburn Tigers, led by 2021 SEC Coach of the Year Bruce Pearl, fell to Coach Penny Hardaway and the Memphis Tigers 82-73 on Saturday.
Memphis had full control over the game throughout the entire contest. The last time Auburn led in the game was with 3:37 left in the first quarter. This is in huge part to the Memphis offense which made 50% of its field goals and went 36.4% from beyond the arc. Memphis also dominated on the boards, out-rebounding Auburn 43-32.
The true nightmare for the Auburn defense was two-time transfer, Kendric Davis. Davis had a breakout game against Auburn, picking up 27 points, nine rebounds, six assists, and two steals in 38 total minutes.
"Coach told us to forget the number, we play harder, and we knew we were the better team and we just want the country to put some respect on our name," said Davis.
Everyone else on the Memphis team also contributed in the victory over Auburn. Deandre Williams scored 16 points, Alex Lomax scored 13 points, and Keonte Kennedy led the bench with nine points.
Auburn on the other hand was just off the entire game. The Tigers' top scorer was Wendell Green Jr., who scored 14 points, with nine of those points being off free throws. Auburn struggled to hit shots consistently and could not keep up with its opponent.
Memphis does not have much time to celebrate as the Tigers travel to Coleman Coliseum to play Alabama on Tuesday. The Crimson Tide picked up a big win of its own on Saturday, knocking off No. 1 Houston on the road.
If Alabama takes this Memphis squad lightly, the Tide will join its cross state rivals as teams to get toppled by the Tigers of Memphis.
These two squads tip off at 8 p.m. CST on ESPN2.
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