It's hard to imagine the regular season coming to a more forgettable finish for LSU.
Just two weeks ago, the Tigers (17-13, 7-9) were riding high during a four-game winning streak with dreams of postseason scenarios very much intact.
That seems like a distant memory now after Auburn (15-15, 5-11) crushed the Tigers 67-52 to give LSU a three-game losing skid to finish the regular season.
LSU now has to work its way out of the bottom third of the conference standings in next week's SEC tournament. The Tigers' seed is still to be determined by other SEC results.
Dreadful shooting: Needing a win to finish .500 in conference play, the Tigers picked an awful time to start laying bricks. With the exception of Ralston Turner, who put up a respectable 14 points, not a single LSU player could consistently find the bottom of the bucket.
The Tigers connected on just 17 field goals and shot 34 percent as a team. Forward Justin Hamilton connected on just one of seven attempts and finished with four total points. Johnny O'Bryant III was even worse, going 1-of-9 from the field.
Turnovers for the Tigers: Not only could the LSU post players not find baskets, they couldn't even hold onto the ball. LSU committed a whopping 17 turnovers against Auburn, and LSU's forwards accounted for 11 of them.
O'Bryant was the main culprit. The freshman turned the ball over five times in just 25 minutes. Much like Ole Miss last week, the Auburn frontcourt frustrated LSU's big men into complete ineptitude. Malcolm White managed just eight minutes against Auburn but was pressured into three turnovers.
Not even the usually reliable Hamilton was immune. The junior committed three turnovers of his own and was held out of the paint all afternoon to finish with just four rebounds.
Auburn guards Frankie Sullivan and Chris Denson combined for five steals against LSU, which helped the pair go off for 22 points and 12 points, respectively. Auburn scored 18 total points off of turnovers; LSU managed none. In a 15-point loss, that math is evident.
New look?: LSU coach Trent Johnson tried a slightly smaller rotation than usual against Auburn, with mixed results. Tigers big men Storm Warren and White only managed 14 and eight points, respectively.
Instead, LSU went guard heavy, with the usual suspects Anthony Hickey, Andre Stringer and Turner all topping 25 minutes on the afternoon. John Isaac was a surprise addition to that trio and earned only his second start of the year. Isaac is only averaging 13 minutes during conference play, but he got onto the floor for 20 minutes on Saturday. He responded to the playing time nicely and contributed nine points on 3-of-3 shooting. He was also one of just three Tigers who didn't turn the ball over.