The No. 13 Auburn Tigers (22-4, 9-4 SEC) welcome the Tennessee Volunteers (15-11, 7-6 SEC) in a matchup that pits phenomenal offense against exceptional defense. The game gets underway at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 22, 2020.
Tennessee Volunteers vs. Auburn Tigers Betting Prediction
In the Volunteers’ last contest, they defeated the Vanderbilt Commodores, 65-61. The Volunteers knocked down 19 of their 22 free throws (86.4 percent) and had a better offensive rebounding percentage (30.0 vs. 26.3). Tennessee was lifted by John Fulkerson, who led the team in scoring with 17 points on 4-for-8 shooting.
The Tigers fell to the Georgia Bulldogs in their last contest, 65-55. Georgia’s 0.281 free throw rate was their biggest advantage over Auburn, who had a mark of 0.134. The Bulldogs’ mark was above their season average of 0.233, while the Tigers’ was below their season average of 0.309. With 22 points on 9-for-22 shooting, J’Von McCormick was the top scorer from either team.
This matchup pits one of the country’s top offenses against one of its elite defenses as Auburn currently ranks 39th in offensive efficiency and Tennessee is 37th in defensive efficiency.
Both teams have had a player take their game to the next level over their last five games. Fulkerson (17 points,6.4 rebounds) has been great for the Volunteers while Samir Doughty (21 points) has contributed greatly to the Tigers.
After the Tigers won both games against the Volunteers last season, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. In the last contest, Auburn won 84-64. The Tigers had a much better turnover percentage (8.7 vs. 23.1) and had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (31.7 vs. 16.1).
Tennessee Volunteers at Auburn Tigers ATS Pick
Basketball Prediction: ATS Winner – Tennessee, O/U – Over
Auburn ranks 28th in three pointers attempted per game (26.7) while Tennessee ranks 223rd (19.6).
The Tigers rank fourth in rebounds per game (42.0) while the Volunteers rank 152nd (35.4).
Tennessee ranks 45th in assists per game (14.9) while Auburn ranks 166th (12.8).
The Volunteers average 5.9 blocks per game, which ranks sixth in the nation. The Tigers rank 89th in blocks allowed per game (3.2).
Auburn averages 6.1 steals per game, which ranks 150th in the nation. Tennessee ranks 194th in steals allowed per game (7.4).
The Volunteers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.2, down from 4.7 for the season.
During their last five games, the Tigers have scored an average of 78.6 points per game (0.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 81.4 points per game (10.5 above their season average).