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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Auburn hopes to avoid another letdown on the road at Florida

The Auburn men's basketball team plays at Florida tonight at 7 ET. Here's how my story in today's newspaper about the game starts:

AUBURN, Ala. — The sting of recent overtime road losses to Arkansas and Mississippi State still can be felt throughout the Auburn locker room, not just for the result but for the familiar way their performance fell apart.

Twice the Tigers went into the final 1 1/2 minutes with a three-point lead. Twice they went home disappointed.

It’s an outcome Auburn (12-13, 3-7 SEC) hopes to avoid tonight, when it plays at the O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Fla., and takes on Florida (17-8, 6-4).

“We’ve invested a lot into it, and it just didn’t happen for us at the end,” Tigers coach Jeff Lebo said of the overtime losses. “It’s frustrating.”

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