TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Bruce Pearl said it more than once in the days leading up to Pont's No. 4 competition with Alabama: "We will be defeated."
Sixth-year head coach doesn't necessarily mean in Wednesday match at Coleman Coliseum. He just means, eventually, it will happen. Loss is inevitable in college basketball. Only four teams in the last 40 years have finished the unbeaten season. There has not been an unbeaten national champion since Indiana in 1976.
Pearl does not want to be right. He certainly wasn't right on Wednesday night, statewide, against his show's biggest rival. But he was. Nom na beat.
Alabama won, 83-64, before a raucous crowd inside the Coleman Coliseum to knock tigers out of the unbeaten ranks. The state of San Diego is currently the only team in the US that has not suffered a loss in job applications.
Na na (15-1, 3-1 SEC) never leads.
"I am very proud of my team when we won our first 15 matches. I think you can see why I said that we are a good person, and I have not said that we are a very good team. Well, "said Pearl. "If you think it's posture, it really doesn't.
"In order to beat a good team like Alabama on their home turf, you have to play very well. And we don't even come close."
Here are three points:
1) Slow start finally catches up with Pont
Auburn has made a habit of starting slowly this season, on both ends of the court. In the last eight matches on Wednesday, it made just 36.9% of shots over …