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Tennessee vs. Auburn - 1/2/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Auburn Tigers (12-1) at Tennessee Volunteers (9-3)

College Basketball: Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Thompson-Boling Arena)

The Line: Tennessee Volunteers -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN U

The Auburn Tigers will travel to Thompson-Boling Arena to take on the 23rd ranked Tennessee Volunteers this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The Auburn Tigers won their 10th straight game and improved to 12-1 (0-0 SEC) on the season after defeating the Cornell Big Red, 98-77, this past Saturday. Auburn led by a 47-35 margin at halftime and pulled away after taking an 88-49 lead with 9:15 left in regulation. Auburn shot 50.7% from the field and outrebounded Cornell by a 47-30 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Tigers was Bryce Brown who had 19 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists. On the season, Auburn is averaging 86.8 ppg on 46.0% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 9.8 three-pointers per game on 37.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Auburn has been led by Bryce Brown (15.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.5 apg), Mustapha Heron (15.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.3 spg), Jared Harper (12.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 5.5 apg), and Desean Murray (10.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.7 apg), Defensively, Auburn is allowing their opponents to average 71.9 ppg on 39.5% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 9.0 and a turnover margin of 2.0.

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Tennessee vs. Auburn - 1/2/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The 23rd Tennessee Volunteers had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 9-3 (0-1 SEC) on the season after being defeated by the Arkansas Razorbacks, 95-93 in OT, this past Saturday. Tennessee allowed Arkansas to fight back from a 70-61 deficit with just under four minutes to play in regulation to force overtime and couldn’t fight back after Arkansas took an 89-78 lead with just :47 seconds left in the overtime period. Tennessee allowed Arkansas to shoot 54.1% from the field and 40.0% (8-20) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Volunteers was Jordan Bone who had 21 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal. On the season, Tennessee is averaging 78.8 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The Volunteers are averaging 8.8 three-pointers per game on 39.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Tennessee has been led by Grant Williams (15.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.7 bpg), Admiral Schofield (12.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.2 apg), Jordan Bowden (11.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.8 apg), and Lamonte Turner (8.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.2 apg). Defensively, Tennessee is allowing their opponents to average 68.3 ppg on 40.3% shooting from the field. The Volunteers have a rebound margin of 2.4 and a turnover margin of 3.0.

The Tigers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Volunteers are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games after scoring more than 90 points in their previous game however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.

Auburn has been impressive during their non-conference schedule, raking up a bunch of wins, and have been led by their explosive offense that ranks 18th in scoring offense, T-38th in three-pointers made per game, and 20th in FT%. Tennessee had a disappointing loss in a winnable game against Arkansas, however, has been solid on both sides as the Volunteers rank 91st on scoring offense and 100th in scoring defense. Tennessee has yet to lose to a team that is not ranked in the top-25, however, Auburn also has some impressive wins against Middle Tennessee and Murray State, and I think the Tigers defense that ranks 39th in defensive FG% and 5th in blocks per game, I’m taking Auburn and the points. 

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