Observations: Gonzaga 90, Auburn 67
After an OT win in the opener, Auburn basketball got quite a few lessons to learn — especially on defense — in Game 2 vs. the No. 1 Zags.
Bruce Pearl said Wednesday he wanted his Auburn team to “get exposed” during its trip to Fort Myers — “see what we have and see what our strengths are, see what our weaknesses are, evaluate them, make the adjustments that are necessary to improve, and go from there.”
After getting the usual season opener lessons in an overtime win over St. Joe’s on Thursday, top-ranked Gonzaga gave Auburn a lot more to learn in a 90-67 result on Friday morning.
“We know a lot more about us now than we did about 24 hours ago, and it's something to build on,” Pearl said after the loss.
What did the Tigers learn from their tough matchup against the nation’s best team? Here are three key observations from the loss, along with a foul trouble-affected rotation chart and some nerd stats.
Auburn’s defense has a lot to learn from this one
Gonzaga hit 53 percent of its shots Friday and scored 90 points while only going 6-for-21 from deep. The Bulldogs outscored the Tiger…