Takeaways from Auburn’s double-overtime loss to UConn

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What a game.

The Auburn Tigers found themselves up by 11 early, then down by 15, then tied at the end of both regulation and overtime. But unfortunately, the offense sputtered out in a 115-109 double-overtime loss to UConn in the Battle 4 Atlantis. A tough one, for sure, but man was that fun.

Auburn fans should not be distraught after losing. That was a phenomenal game that showed so much potential. The Tigers allowed UConn to make 8-of-12 from deep in the first half but managed to slow the Huskies’ shooting down just enough to climb back into the contest.

Here are five takeaways from the loss.

Auburn has resilience

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Most teams find themselves down by 15 and give up. Auburn doesn’t. The Tigers played tough defense and it sparked a comeback. Even when Auburn was down by four with less than 30 seconds to go in the first overtime, they battled back and found a way.

KD Johnson is Auburn's best player

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KD Johnson might be the best transfer pickup of the season by any team. Johnson had an amazing 27 points and six steals. He is the most determined, physical, and passionate player I have seen come through Auburn since Bryce Brown. He is an exceptional player that I really hope continues to grow in his role.

Walker Kessler has his ups and downs

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Kessler was bodied early by Adama Sanogo. While Walker did have a double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds) and made his first three of the season, this game was a great learning experience for him and his defense.

Shades of Jared Harper from Wendell Green Jr.

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He has nights where he is cold, as shown in his scoreless game against South Florida. Then there are games where he takes over, as shown in his 19 point performance today. We’ve got two more years to watch Green develop.

Auburn has yet to play its best basketball. Allen Flanigan is coming back.

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This team is going to be a serious problem when Flanigan comes back. As for now, Bruce Pearl has what he wants- a team that has been punched in the mouth and exposed a little bit. How do the Tigers respond?

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