Tennessee vs. Auburn - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Auburn Tigers (24-6) at Tennessee Volunteers (17-13)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Thompson-Boling Arena)
The Line: Tennessee Volunteers -2.5 -- Over/Under: 134.5
The Auburn Tigers and the Tennessee Volunteers meet in SEC conference college basketball action from the Thompson-Boling Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Auburn Tigers will try to create some space near the top of the SEC mountain, sitting at 11-6 in conference play after a 78-75 loss to Texas A&M last time out. Samir Doughty leads Auburn in scoring with 16.2 PPG while Isaac Okoro is 2nd with 12.9 PPG and J’Von McCormick is 3rd with 11.6 PPG and a team-high 4.5 APG this season. Austin Wiley is 4th in scoring and tops in rebounding with 10.8 PPG and 9.3 RPG for Auburn this season. As a team, Auburn is averaging 77.8 points on 43% shooting from the field, 30.1% from 3-point range and 67.3% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 70.6 points on 41.5% shooting from the field and 32.4% from 3-point range this season. Auburn is 4-5 straight up and 2-7 against the spread on the road this season.
The Tennessee Volunteers will try to finish the season strong and shake things up in the middle of the SEC standings at 9-8 in conference play after an 81-73 win over Kentucky last time out. Jordan Bowden and John Fulkerson each have a team-high 13.6 PPG with Fulkerson adding a team-high 5.9 RPG while Yves Pons has 11 PPG and 5.3 RPG and Santiago Vescovi has 10.6 PPG this season. As a team, Tennessee is averaging 67.2 points on 43.5% shooting from the field and 31.1% from 3-point range while allowing opposing teams to average 63.5 points on 39.9% shooting from the field and 32.4% from 3-point range this season. Tennessee is 11-5 straight up and 6-10 against the spread at home this season.
Head-to-head, the home team is 16-7 ATS in the last 23 meetings between these two teams and the favorite is 19-7 ATS in the last 26 meetings between these two teams.
I get that Auburn’s the better team side-by-side, but the Tigers have had issues transitioning their success onto the road and Auburn has some pretty bad losses on the road recently, to the likes of Georgia and Missouri just to name a couple. It’s also senior day for a couple of Tennessee’s key players in Lamonte Turner and Jordan Bowden, so you’d have to think the Vols will want to send those guys out on a high note. I’ll lay the bucket with Tennessee at home here.