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Auburn vs. Tennessee - 3/17/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tennessee vs. Auburn
Date & Time Sunday March 17, 2019, 1:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Bridgestone Arena
Nashville, Tennessee
The Line
The Line: Tennessee -5.5 -- Over/Under: 149.5
TV Channel
ESPN
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The Tennessee Volunteers and Auburn Tigers meet Sunday in the college basketball SEC Tournament Final at the Bridgestone Arena.

The Tennessee Volunteers are fresh off a comeback victory over the Kentucky Wildcats, a game in which they were down eight points with less than three minutes remaining. The Tennessee Volunteers are averaging 82.3 points on 49.9 percent shooting and allowing 67.9 points on 39.5 percent shooting. Grant Williams is averaging 19.2 points and 3.2 assists while Admiral Schofield is averaging 16.4 points and 6.3 rebounds. Jordan Bone is the third double-digit scorer and Lamonte Turner is grabbing 2.6 rebounds. The Tennessee Volunteers are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 76.1 percent from the free throw line. The Tennessee Volunteers are allowing 33.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38 rebounds per game. The Tennessee Volunteers have won four of their last seven non-home games.

The Auburn Tigers look for one more victory after escaping a Saturday clash with the Florida Gators. The Auburn Tigers are averaging 79.4 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 68.2 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Bryce Brown is averaging 15.8 points and two rebounds while Jared Harper is averaging 15.2 points and 5.9 assists. Chuma Okeke is the third double-digit scorer and Austin Wiley is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Auburn Tigers are shooting 37.6 percent from beyond the arc and 71 percent from the free throw line. The Auburn Tigers are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.5 rebounds per game. The Auburn Tigers have won each of their last five non-home games.

Tigers are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Sunday games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Southeastern and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Volunteers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Southeastern and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Tigers are 4-10 ATS in the last 14 meetings and the favorite is 18-6 ATS in the last 24 meetings. The under is 8-3 in Tigers last 11 neutral site games. The over is 4-1 in Volunteers last 5 neutral site games.

The Auburn Tigers beat Tennessee just last week as 2.5-point underdogs, a game in which they made 13 threes and forced 11 turnovers. Auburn is making an average of 11.6 threes in its last five games and winning those games by an average fo 6.4 points. While an experienced group, it's going to be interesting to see how the Vols deal with a quick turnaround after a shocking and emotional comeback against Kentucky, a game they probably should have lost down big with less than three minutes left. The Tennessee Volunteers are the better team, but with Auburn's ability to hit the outside shot so consistently, it makes this game tough to predict. I'm going to side with the free buckets.

Pick:
Auburn +5.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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