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Auburn suffers minimal damage in KenPom rankings after loss to Alabama

Auburn played in a tough environment on Wednesday and walked out with an exhausting defeat.

The No. 6 Tigers suffered its first loss in 12 games on Wednesday, falling to Alabama at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, 79-75.

Auburn’s Johni Broome recorded his 8th double-double of the season by scoring 25 and securing 14 rebounds. However, the Crimson Tide held a higher percentage in three-point shooting and free throws and won the rebound category as well.

Suffering a loss to a rival on the road means a tough dip in the KenPom rankings, right? Not exactly.

Auburn may have suffered its first SEC loss on Wednesday, but it remains one of the top teams in the country by KenPom standards. Here’s a look at where the Tigers stand in the latest KenPom update following the loss to Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Overall ranking: No. 5

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Zach Bland/Auburn Tigers

Auburn sustained a loss on Wednesday, but due to the quality of the opponent that Alabama is, the hit in the KenPom was not as rough as expected. The Tigers only fell one spot to No. 5 in the overall rankings, with Tennessee jumping to No. 4.

Adjusted Offensive Efficiency: No. 10

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Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

Auburn remains a top-10 team in adjusted offensive efficiency following Wednesday’s game. KenPom suggests that Auburn is capable of scoring 120.7 points per 100 possessions, which is the third-highest among SEC teams behind Alabama (No. 2) and Kentucky (No. 4).

Adjusted Defensive Efficiency: No. 6

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Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

Auburn held one of the nation’s best offensive teams to 79 points on Wednesday, which keeps them at No. 6 in adjusted defensive efficiency. According to KenPom data, Auburn is expected to allow 93.8 points per 100 possessions. Tennessee is the only team in the SEC that is more efficient on defense than Auburn, as they check in at No. 2 in Thursday’s update.

Adjusted tempo: No. 75

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Zach Bland/Auburn Tigers

Auburn stayed on course with its created possessions against Alabama. The Tigers recorded 71 possessions in Wednesday’s game, scoring on 35 of those. KenPom forecasts Auburn to earn 70.1 possessions per game in the latest update.

Strength of Schedule: No. 72

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Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

Auburn holds a top-75 schedule according to the latest KenPom update. Auburn’s opponents are projected to score 108.7 points while allowing 104.7 points per 100 possessions.

Mississippi State overview

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Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

Auburn will make the short drive from Tuscaloosa to Starkville for its next game. The Tigers face Mississippi State on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT at Humphries Coliseum for another shot at a quad 1 win. The Bulldogs are 13-6 overall, and 2-4 in SEC play. Mississippi State most recently dropped a 79-70 contest to Florida on Wednesday.

Here’s a look at where Mississippi State stands in the latest KenPom rankings:

  • Overall: No. 37

  • Adjusted offensive efficiency: No. 76 (112.7)

  • Adjusted defensive efficiency: No. 20 (96.1)

  • Adjusted tempo: No. 198 (67.7)

  • Strength of Schedule: No. 43

Story originally appeared on Auburn Wire