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Auburn vs. Tennessee - 3/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tennessee at Auburn
Date & Time Saturday March 9, 2019, 12:00 PM (EST)
Location
Auburn Arena
Auburn, AL
The Line
Auburn Tigers +1 -- Over/Under: 149
TV Channel
ESPN
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NCAA BB | Tennessee at Auburn
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The 5th ranked Tennessee Volunteers will travel to Auburn Arena to take on the Auburn Tigers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The 5th ranked Tennessee Volunteers won their 3rd straight game and improved to 27-3 (15-2 SEC) on the season after defeating the Mississippi State Bulldogs, 71-54, this past Tuesday. Tennessee was outstanding defensively against the Bulldogs and pulled away early in the 2nd half after taking a 55-33 lead with 10:07 left in regulation. Tennessee shot 42.6% from the field while holding Mississippi State to just 33.3% shooting from the field and 25.0% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Volunteers was Grant Williams who had a double-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 steals.

On the season, Tennessee is averaging 82.4 ppg on 50.0% shooting from the field. The Volunteers are averaging 6.7 three-pointers per game on 35.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Tennessee has been led by Grant Williams (19.1 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.2 spg, 1.4 bpg), Admiral Schofield (16.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.1 apg), Jordan Bone (13.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 6.1 apg), and Lamonte Turner (10.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.1 spg).

Defensively, Tennessee is holding their opponents to an average of 67.1 ppg on 39.0% shooting from the field. The Volunteers have a rebound margin of 3.6 and a turnover margin of 2.3.

The Auburn Tigers won their 3rd consecutive game and improved to 21-9 (10-7 SEC) on the season after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide, 66-60, this past Tuesday. Auburn struggled offensively in the 1st half and went into halftime trailing by a 34-23 margin, however, the Tigers dominated the Crimson Tide in the 2nd half and pulled away late closing out the final 1:40 of regulation on a 6-0 run. Auburn shot just 40.0% from the field and 28.0% from beyond the arc, however, did win the turnover battle by a 19-12 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Tigers was Chuma Okeke who had a double-double with 17 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, and a steal.

On the season, Auburn is averaging 79.9 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 11.0 three-pointers per game on 37.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Auburn has been led by Bryce Brown (15.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.0), Jared Harper (15.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 5.8 apg, 1.1 spg), Chuma Okeke (11.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.6 spg, 1.2 bpg), and Austin Wiley (8.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.4 bpg).

Defensively, Auburn is holding their opponents to an average of 68.1 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 0.5 and a turnover margin of 5.0.

The Volunteers are 17-8 ATS in their last 25 road games, however, are just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Tigers are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 Saturday games, however, are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.

Tennessee has won 4 of their last 5 games and has been outstanding on both ends of the court this season as the Volunteers currently rank 20th in scoring offense, 6th in FG%, and 9th in defensive FG%.

Auburn has won 5 of their last 6 games and also have been solid in all aspects of the game as the Tigers currently rank 35th in scoring offense, T-86th in scoring defense, and 4th in turnover margin.

Tennessee has looked incredible in their last two wins against Kentucky & Mississippi State, however, the Volunteers have struggled in tough road games as of late, losing to both Kentucky & LSU, while barley getting the win at Ole Miss. Auburn is 14-2 at home this season and as I think their offense will be able to put up some points against the Volunteer defense, I'm taking Auburn and the point. Good Luck!

Pick:
Auburn Tigers +1

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