It could’ve been worse.
A lot worse.
It could’ve been 54.
If you want to say something nice about Mark Gottfried today, say this: David Hobbs lost by a much bigger margin on his last trip to Auburn as the Alabama head coach.
If you were here on both occasions, Jan. 17, 2009, felt a lot like Jan. 18, 1998. Almost 11 years later to the day, Auburn 85, Alabama 71 looked a little like Auburn 94, Alabama 40.
It looked and felt like the beginning of the end for the Alabama basketball coach.
If you can’t beat Auburn, and Alabama has lost four of the last five games in the series, who are you going to beat?