The Auburn Tigers and the Tennessee Volunteers meet Saturday in college basketball action from Thompson-Boling Arena. Auburn is fresh off a Wednesday matchup versus Georgia. In that one the Tigers managed a blowout victory. As for Tennessee, they played Florida in their Wednesday game. The Volunteers ended up losing by 13 points. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
The Tigers kicked off the year on a 13-3 run through 16 games, losing to Memphis, USC and Georgia in that time. Auburn went 3-2 over the next five games, beating Mississippi State, LSU and South Carolina before losses to Texas A&M and West Virginia.
In the Wednesday matchup versus Georgia, the Tigers stormed out to a 42-24 lead at halftime. Auburn kept it up with a 52-49 run in the second half and won it 94-73. Allen Flanigan posted 22 points and Johni Broome doubled on 19 points and 18 rebounds.
Over on the Tennessee side, they were 14-2 after 16 games with losses to only Colorado and Arizona. The Volunteers went 4-1 over the next five outings with wins over Mississippi State, LSU, Georgia and Texas after a loss to Kentucky.
Matched up against Florida on Wednesday, the Volunteers were outscored 27-21 by the break. Tennessee didn’t end up getting any closer in the second on a 40-33 deficit and lost 67-54. Zakai Zeigler topped the team on 15 points in the defeat.
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I’ll probably stay with Tennessee. A bit of the luster has worn off of this one after the loss to Florida on Wednesday, however. The Volunteers shot a dismal 27.9 percent from the floor and 5-of-25 from 3-point range in that game, but did out-rebound the Gators 43-36 (18-5 offensive). It was the first time in five games that Tennessee had failed to hit 70 points, but if they can get the scoreboard going early in this one I think they’ll be okay. As for Auburn, they’re coming off a dominant win over Georgia and will have plenty of confidence on Saturday. A good start from Tennessee will help rid their thoughts of the bad loss this week, though.