Following Auburn’s win over Kentucky in basketball, this past weekend I was watching one of those talking heads post-game shows. Among the guests was Daymeon Fishback who played on an Auburn SEC Championship team in 1999.
Fishback made the point that Auburn basketball has come so far under coach Bruce Pearl that it was not really a “big deal” that the team had beaten the Wildcats.
The former coach on the panel stated that he had to disagree — that it always is a big deal to beat Kentucky in basketball.
I am not certain with whom to agree, but I will say I have been pleasantly surprised by Auburn’s success under Pearl. After taking his team to the Final Four last season, Pearl has Auburn back at this season with a 20-2 record and home winning streak of 15 games.
I cannot believe that I and so many Auburn fans have suddenly started liking basketball about as much as football.
Even so, we have to face the fact that there still is a lot of basketball to be played this season — including important games on the road, where winning is difficult in the SEC. Among the games are a road match with Kentucky on Feb. 29.
But, as Fishback was implying, big victories are the new norm, not a rarity. And “March Madness” — the NCAA tournament — is only a month away. Let us hope that it does not turn into “March Sadness,” as it has under other recent Auburn coaches.
But I do not believe that will happen under Pearl.
A bit of humor
Note: Q. Who controls the Tide?
A. The moon and Auburn.
Retired Auburn Attorney Don Eddins is publisher of The Auburn Villager newspaper and the online publication, auburnvillager.com. Before going into law, he was state Capitol reporter for The Huntsville Times and state editor for The Columbus Ledger. In college, he was sports editor of The Auburn Plainsman. Email him your comments about the newspaper to firstname.lastname@example.org.